Tag Archives: mental illness

A neurodynamic theory linking creativity and insanity

Humanity has long suspected a correlation between creativity and mental illness. Those doubting such a relationship assert that psychopathologies inhibit the creative process, while others raise the issue that neither insanity nor creativity have been adequately quantified

Getting mental health services: not so easy for most people

Mental illness includes a variety of recognized psychiatric disorders and represents an enormous public health problem in the United States and worldwide. The US has a population of approximately 320 million people. At a given point in

Does your culture create your personality?

Personality is as much a part of human biology as a liver, yet it is understood and evaluated through society, culture, and emotions. Personality is an individual’s unique patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Unlike the liver,

Epilepsy spectrum disorders

Symptoms of mental illness (like depression or hallucinations) tend to change slowly overtime (with or without treatment). At time individuals may experience episodic symptoms like sudden and brief panic attacks or sudden and brief violent episodes. While

Antipsychotic medications in pregnancy: Balancing the needs of mother and child

Consider Jenny, first diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20’s. After years of suffering the severe symptoms of her illness along with medication side-effects, she was commenced on a new class of medications, “atypical antipsychotics”. She was finally

The neural architecture of trauma

The Lancet Psychiatry-sep2014

Mental illness can be a frightening and debilitating experience. Efforts to understand mental illness more accurately and develop more effective treatments are urgently needed. It is the case that many people who experience mental illness report episodes