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Re: experts say...ditch schizophrenia label alexandra_k

Posted by Squiggles on October 10, 2006, at 16:18:05

In reply to Re: experts say...ditch schizophrenia label, posted by alexandra_k on October 10, 2006, at 16:01:38

> P.S. people with schizophrenia never got therapy back home, either. how come? not enough therapists / money in the system.
> and of course the more people think 'it is a brain disease therefore medication is the only suitable treatment' the less therapy those people are going to get :-(

I think therapy is always helpful, in
comforting a person who falls into these
strange states, in themselves frightening
and difficult to cope with. This is so with
manic-depression a well. But, I don't think
that therapy alone will get a person out of
these states, except perhaps between their phases (as Kraepelin observed).

These states are biological
but the nomenclature makes them sound like a
particular *cognitive* disease, when they may
be biological diseases (e.g. endocrinological
or physiological disorders) with the symptoms that lead medicine to recognize them as a distinct entity.

There is no doubt in my mind that drugs are necessary, but the drugs we have are so difficult to tolerate. Better it would be to find the cause and target that; to reverse that state we call
schizophrenia, which seems to be more of a cluster of symptoms, rather than the more well-defined
manic-depression affective disorder. The thing is, the emotional and cognitive states are connected -- i think that the brain has been topologized that way in neurology today. So, if
something goes wrong emotionally (for whatever reasons, maybe even something like a poison), it will show in the way a person thinks.




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