Superb thinking is insanity

Insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tourette syndrome

Posted by jess

Have you seen people doing weird actions repeatedly? These people might suffering from a mental illness called Tourette syndrome. We can't deny the fact that we also have our own mannerisms but we can control it if we want to. Tourette syndrom is different from a normal mannerism, it is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder that causes a person to make repeated and uncontrolled  rapid movements and sounds called tics.

Tourette syndrome (simply called Tourette's or TS) is named after a French Physician and neurologist, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first describe this disorder in 1885.

Tourette syndrome is passed down through families, although the exact causes is still unknown. A person with Tourette's has about a 50% chance of passing the genes to of his/her children, a condition of variable expression and incomplete penetrace. Between 1 and 10 children per 1,000 have TS; as many as 10 per 1,000 people may have tic disorders, with the more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing and facial movements.

Tourette's doesn't affect intelligence and life expectancy. Some people with TS are able to hold back their tics, but this only leads to a stronger outburst of tics once they are finally allowed to be expressed.

Early symptoms of Tourette syndrom can be seen during childhood, between ages 7 and 10.

The most common symptoms of TS are usually facial tics - commonly eye blinking. However, facial tics also include nose twitching or grimaces. With time, other motor tics may develop such as head jerking, neck stretching, foot stamping, or body twisting and bending.

Some people with TS may utter strange and unusual sounds, words or phrases then continuously clear his/her throat, cough, sniff, grunt, yelp, bark or shout.
Tics may occur many times a day, but they tend to improve or get worse at different times. The tics may change with time.

This is Jaylan Arnold, he has Tourette Syndrome.

There are no specific medical or screening tests that can be applied in treating TS. In addition, all medications might just bring side effects which may worsen his/her current condition. Instead, there are available medications that may able to help reduce specific symptoms.

Deep brain stimulation(DBS) has given encouraging results both for the main symptoms of Tourette syndrome and for the associated obsessive-compulsive mannerisms. 

Fact: Tourette syndrome is four times as likely to occur in boys as in girls.

References: Wikipedia , NBCI , Tourette-syndrome

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bulimia Nervosa

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

I want that Body - Bulimia nervosa

Posted by jess

Will you do anything in order to achieve the body you want? Nowadays, women becomes so conscious with their body. Well, you can't blame them for that, some people are so cruel when it comes to physical appearance.  This kind of situation is popular among women especially when they are aiming for a slim body like the celebrity they idolized.
Bulimia Nervosa is a psychological eating disorder in which a person binges and purges. It is characterized by continuous eating and then followed by getting rid of the food by laxatives or self-induced vomiting. A person with bulimia is perfectly normal, yet they are tend to be high achievers. It begins with dissatisfaction of the person's body and extreme concern with weight and body size. A person suffering from bulimia has a very low self-esteem, she takes his situation seriously. It usually begins during adolescent period and it mostly occur in women. Studies shown that more than 2/3 of all young girls start to monitor their own weight between the age of 9 and 12 already.

Signs and Symptoms (
  • Eating uncontrollably
  • Purging
  • Strict dieting
  • Fasting
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Vomiting or abusing laxatives or diuretics in an attempt to lose weight.
  • Vomiting blood
  • Using the bathroom frequently after meals.
  • Preoccupation with body weight
  • Depression or mood swings. Feeling out of control.
  • Swollen glands in neck and face
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Irregular periods
  • Dental problems
  • sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Bloodshot eyes

Psychotherapy, family therapy and medication are the most effective treatment for bulimia. The therapy must be continuous, in that case, a proper discipline is a must. For medication treatment, antidepressant are often suggested. The most common antidepressants are Fluoxetine (Prozac), Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), and Fluvoxamine (Luvox). Bulimia is a serious condition and it must be treated before it becomes severe.
Note: Some studies indicate that using Prozac and other antidepressants may cause children and teenagers to have suicidal thoughts. So, patients should be monitored very carefully. Proper healthy eating is the best way to prevent from getting this disorder.

Complications (

  • Tooth erosion, cavities, and gum problems

  • Water retention, swelling, and abdominal bloating

  • Acute stomach distress

  • Fluid loss with low potassium levels (due to excessive vomiting or laxative use; can lead to extreme weakness, near paralysis, or lethal heart rhythms)

  • Irregular periods

  • Swallowing problems and esophagus damage

  • Rupture of the esophagus, or food pipe

  • Weakened rectal walls (rare, but serious condition that requires surgery)

Who said being "overweight" or "fat" is 
the equivalence of being hideous?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dealing with Panic Attacks

Posted by jess

Panic Attack

Posted by jess

Can't get rid of your terror and all of a sudden you'll just panic. Panic is a sudden, overpowering terror which greatly affects a certain individual. Panic attack is not normal, it's one of the serious health problem in the U.S. It occur at random individual which exposed to various events that may lead to a panic attack.

Panic attack symptoms: (

  • Palpitations, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or going insane
  • Fear of dying
  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Weaknees in the knees
  • Confusion
  • Blank mind
  • Sensing time going by very slowly
  • Feeling the need to escape

Panic attacks can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, medication or both. 
Cognitive behavioral therapy is generally viewed as the most effective form of treatment for panic attacks. It focuses on the thinking patterns and behaviors that are sustaining or triggering the panic attacks.

The medication used for panic attacks include:
  • Antidepressants - sometimes used in the treatment. However it takes several weeks before they begin to work, don't need to take them continuously.
  • Benzodiazepines - anti-anxiety drugs that act very quickly. Taking them during a panic attack provides rapid relief of symptoms. This are highly addictive and have serious withdrawal symptoms, so they should be used with caution.(more info)

Paula’s story

Paula had her first panic attack 6 months ago. She was in her office preparing for an important work presentation when, suddenly, she felt an intense wave of fear. Then the room started spinning and she felt like she was going to throw up. Her whole body was shaking, she couldn’t catch her breath, and her heart was pounding out of her chest. She gripped her desk until the episode passed, but it left her deeply shaken.
Paula had her next panic attack three weeks later, and since then, they’ve been occurring with increasing frequency. She never knows when or where she’ll suffer an attack, but she’s afraid of having one in public. Consequently, she’s been staying home after work, rather than going out with friends. She also refuses to ride the elevator up to her 12th floor office out of fear of being trapped if she has another panic attack. (see it here)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Distorted Minds

Posted by jess

"For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity." 
A wonderful quote from Jean Dubuffet.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cat gives a cardiac massage to his injured girlfriend

Posted by jess