Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recovering From Schizophrenia

Hello, This is part 1 of an article about Recovery From Schizophrenia. Because it is a long article, I will post the rest of it soon, or if you want to read on further, I included the link below. As a child my mother was diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenic. My memories tell me that, yes, at that time that it is what she had. I remember her being delusional and having psychotic episodes. Ranging from her putting cups over the car locks so no one would break into her car to her pouring shampoo over my head because I wanted to take a shower before school, and also chasing me with a hammer because I walked up and down the stairs. Absolute fear I lived in as I grew up, never knowing what would transpire next. I truly believe now that is why when I moved out of the house I developed Anxiety Disorder, it was from years of that fear and some PTSD. After I moved out though, she received new treatment and emerged a different person. Ever since then I have always thought she was misdiagnosed. But after reading this I can't help but wonder if maybe she did recover for the disease. I guess I'll never know for sure, but I am thankful that she did have those years of recovery, years of being non delusional, non psychotic and eventually becoming my best friend. If you have a loved one or family member that is suffering with this mental illness, know there is hope and most importantly, never, never give up on them.
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John Nash's Genius Is Extraordinary, Recovering From Schizophrenia Is Anything But

The end of "A Beautiful Mind," the Oscar-nominated movie based loosely on the life of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr., depicts the Princeton mathematician's emergence from the stranglehold of paranoid schizophrenia, the most feared and disabling of mental illnesses. Moviegoers who have watched the cinematic metamorphosis of actor Russell Crowe from the disheveled genius who furiously covers his office walls with delusional scribblings to the silver-haired academic perfectly at home in the rarefied company of fellow laureates in Stockholm might assume that Nash's recovery from three decades of psychosis is unique.

But mental health experts say that while Nash's life is undeniably remarkable, his gradual recovery from schizophrenia is not.

That contention is likely to surprise many people, including some psychiatrists, who continue to believe the theory, promulgated a century ago by Sigmund Freud and his contemporaries, that the serious thought and mood disorder is a relentless, degenerative illness that robs victims of social and intellectual function, invariably dooming them to a miserable life in a homeless shelter, a prison cell or, at best, a group home.

Psychiatric researchers who have tracked patients after they left mental hospitals, as well as a growing number of recovered patients who have banded together to form a mental health consumer movement, contend that recovery of the kind Nash experienced is not rare.

"The stereotype everyone has of this disease is that there's no such thing as recovery," said Washington psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, who has written extensively about schizophrenia, an illness he has studied for decades and one that has afflicted his younger sister for nearly half a century. "The fact is that recovery is more common than people have been led to believe. . . . But I don't think any of us know for sure how many people recover."

The notion that Nash's recovery is exceptional "is very pervasive even though the facts don't support it, because that's what generations of psychiatrists have been taught," said Daniel B. Fisher, a board-certified Massachusetts psychiatrist and activist who has fully recovered from schizophrenia for which he was hospitalized three times between the ages of 25 and 30.

"Many of us who have spoken about our recovery are confronted with the statement that you couldn't have been schizophrenic, you must have been misdiagnosed," added Fisher, 58, who holds a PhD in biochemistry and went to medical school after his hospitalizations.

The belief that recovery from schizophrenia occurs only occasionally is belied by at least seven studies of patients who were followed for more than 20 years after their discharge from mental hospitals in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. In papers published between 1972 and 1995, researchers found that between 46 and 68 percent of patients had either fully recovered they had no symptoms of mental illness, took no psychiatric medication, worked and had normal relationships or were, like John Nash, significantly improved but impaired in one area of functioning.

Although the patients received a variety of treatments, researchers speculate that the improvement may reflect both an ability to manage illness that accompanies age coupled with the natural decline, beginning in the mid-forties, in the levels of brain chemicals that may be linked to schizophrenia.

"One reason nobody knows about recovery is that most folks don't tell anybody because the stigma is too great," said Frederick J. Frese III, 61, who was hospitalized 10 times for paranoid schizophrenia in his twenties and thirties.

Despite his illness, Frese, who considers himself "definitely not fully recovered but in pretty good shape," earned a doctorate in psychology and was, for 15 years, director of psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital in Ohio, the state's largest mental hospital. Frese holds faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University and Northern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

He has been married for 25 years and is the father of four children as well as past president of the National Mental Health Consumers Association. These achievements are hardly consistent with the prognosis Frese was given at 27, when a psychiatrist told him he had a "degenerative brain disorder" and would probably spend the rest of his life in the state mental hospital to which he had recently been committed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Smooth Criminal

Hello, Happy Music Monday! As I wrote on My MM post on DDD, I'm so glad to be able to join in today as I just got my power back on. Irene left us without power for almost 24 hours. We were lucky enough to have a generator to run our DVD player. When the guys went to bed I put on "This Is It" and once again escaped in the magic of Micheal's music. At the end of the movie this time, I did not feel as sad about his passing as I did last year when I watched it, even though it is still such a tragedy. I felt how lucky we all are that he was here in the first place. I thought about what a lifetime of great music he made that demonstrated, fun, love, peace, and humanitarian causes that will live on forever! So I decided to share his magic with all of you today,
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Janet :)

Micheal would have been 53 years young today. The
strange thing is I did not even realize it was his
Birthday until after I did this post!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Angels Protect You

Hello, I'm sending out a Prayer tonight for everyone in Irene's path. Especially for my daughter and her family who live in the Buzzard Bay area!
Take Care,
Janet :)


I said a Prayer straight
from the heart,
God knew I was sincere...
As I prayed for us,
The Angels gathered near

I asked God for
protection throughout
the storm, this day and
I told him Angels were
needed by our side

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mental Health Monday

Hi Everyone, Yes, unfortunately it's good ol' Monday again!! I thought for Mental Health purposes, I would share a couple of clips from the the new season of Curb your Enthusiasm. I think Larry Davids perception on life is so funny. Having a laugh for yourself can only help get your week off to a good start! Right? Right!
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Janet :)

Ethnicity or Great Sex?

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Bloggers Unite: World Suicide Prevention Day

Hello, This cause is very important to me. Growing up with a Mother who suffered with a Mental Illness I witnessed her attempt suicide twice. But for the Grace of God she did not succeed. In the years that followed, she recieved better treatment for her illness. She enjoyed her life in a way she never had before. We had many good years together. It was hard enough to lose her 3 years ago from the effects of a double stroke. I can't imagine how much harder it would have been to lose her to suicide. Please share any information on this matter to help spread awareness on the warning signs and prevention. Your blog post may just save a life!
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Janet :)

September 10th, 2011

To promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

With the sponsoring International Association for Suicide Prevention, WHO and other partners advocate for the prevention of suicidal behaviour, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media.

At the global level, awareness needs to be raised that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death. Governments need to develop policy frameworks for national suicide prevention strategies. At the local level, policy statements and research outcomes need to be translated into prevention programs and activities in communities.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Addiction Is A Chronic Brain Disorder

Hello Everyone, I personally find this new definition of Addiction a welcomed one. Now if Society will accept it, remains to be seen. I feel addicts are treated with less sympathy or empathy because of the common beliefs of others that "You can just stop","You should be able to control that behavior". Even worse, addicts are just labeled "Crazy"! It makes sense, when you think about it from the Heart Disease point of view as they talk about in the article below. You may know something is wrong with your heart by noticing the physical symptoms you have heard about. But most people don't do something about it until they truly have to. Same with an addict, the only difference is the signs of addiction, more often than not, show up through behavioral issues, not physical issues, so treatment for addictions are usually put off longer, just expecting the person to change on their own. So I'm curious, do you agree or disagree with the new definition?
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Janet :)

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Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts.

"At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas," said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. "Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions."

The new definition also describes addiction as a primary disease, meaning that it's not the result of other causes, such as emotional or psychiatric problems. And like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, addiction is recognized as a chronic disease; so it must be treated, managed and monitored over a person's lifetime, the researchers say.

Two decades of advancements in neuroscience convinced ASAM officials that addiction should be redefined by what's going on in the brain. For instance, research has shown that addiction affects the brain's reward circuitry, such that memories of previous experiences with food, sex, alcohol and other drugs trigger cravings and more addictive behaviors. Brain circuitry that governs impulse control and judgment is also altered in the brains of addicts, resulting in the nonsensical pursuit of "rewards," such as alcohol and other drugs.

A long-standing debate has roiled over whether addicts have a choice over their behaviors, said Dr. Raju Hajela, former president of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and chair of the ASAM committee on addiction's new definition.

"The disease creates distortions in thinking, feelings and perceptions, which drive people to behave in ways that are not understandable to others around them," Hajela said in a statement. "Simply put, addiction is not a choice. Addictive behaviors are a manifestation of the disease, not a cause."

Even so, Hajela pointed out, choice does play a role in getting help.

"Because there is no pill which alone can cure addiction, choosing recovery over unhealthy behaviors is necessary," Hajela said.

This "choosing recovery" is akin to people with heart disease who may not choose the underlying genetic causes of their heart problems but do need to choose to eat healthier or begin exercising, in addition to medical or surgical interventions, the researchers said.

"So, we have to stop moralizing, blaming, controlling or smirking at the person with the disease of addiction, and start creating opportunities for individuals and families to get help and providing assistance in choosing proper treatment," Miller said.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Be Thankful

Hello, A Poem that helps remind us to keep our lives in the best perspective possible. I like that, and don't we all need to be reminded from time to time! I know I do.
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Janet :)

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn

Be thankful for the difficult times
During those times you grow

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference

It is easy to be thankful for the good things
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings

Author Unknown

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Shiny People

Hello Everyone, Happy Music Monday! I love this song and video. I hope your day is filled with Happy Shiny People!
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Janet :)

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Life On The Other Side

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing well. I love to hear the stories of "Life On The Other Side". Being raised Catholic I was taught to believe in Heaven and God and all that entailed, but in a conditional way. Now that I've grown I still believe in all I was taught, but without the fear that was instilled in me if I did not follow all of God's rules. The fear that I could wind up in Hell. When I heard the stories on this special, especially from the women featured in this video, I felt such a sense of peace. I am pretty sure if you watch this program, you will too.
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Janet :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Courage And Wisdom

Hello Everyone, So true are these words written by Edgar.
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Janet :)


Actually, we have no problems -
we have opportunities for which we should give thanks…
An error we refuse to correct has many lives.
It takes Courage to face one's own shortcomings,
and Wisdom to do something about them.

~ Edgar Cayce ~