Psychiatry By The Book: A Cursory Look At The Mental Disorder Diagnostic Process

Psychological disorder diagnoses have spiked dramatically in the last 30 years, bringing into question the environmental origins of these disorders.  Are there environmental factors such as pollution, high stress lifestyles of capitalist societies, and technological augmentations (i.e. television and the internet) which have changed the way humans function on a biological level?  In contrast perhaps…
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Over Medicated And Undiagnosed

This week our topic focused around bipolar disorder.  Bipolar disorder is characterized by continual changes in mood that last over a long period of time.  These moods cycle between depression and mania and can last in one part of the cycle for weeks at a time.  The symptoms for mania include being easily distracted, little…
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“Delayed Concussions”

I was a football student manager from 6th grade until I graduated high school so I saw my fair share of concussions but what I had never seen was a delayed concussion that happened days after the actual head trauma happened, until it happened to my cousin. That days practice started out like any other,…
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Concussions: A Big Impact On Life

Newsworthy Concussions have been creating much fervor in the news recently. Increasingly, high schools, universities and other educational institutions have been implementing policies meant to protect athletes from lifelong brain dysfunction caused by concussions.  The NCAA requires that: all student athletes receive information about concussions, all NCAA institutions have a process in place to evaluate…
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“Spiritual Disorder” Or Neurological Disorder? What Are We Doing?

Neuro degenerative disorders were not always neuro degenerative disorders.  Before the enlightenment and its emphasis on naturalism and empirical study, neuro degenerative disorders were spiritual disorders.  These “spiritual disorders” were never naturalized, but were considered a distortion of the soul.  The naturalized language of modern day psychology and neuroscience did not make its appearance until…
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