Autism – researchers are working to find effective drug

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is used in medical terminology to describe developmental disorders which have characteristic symptoms: poor social interaction, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviours. Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). It is estimated that the disease affects 1 per 1000 people and is four times more common among males than females. Currently, the disease is incurable and in order to mitigate its symptoms pharmacological and psychological treatment can be used.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy – Usage in the Treatment of Depression

Depression is a common disease, a reason for a suffer for more and more people in every age. Every case can have another reason, can require an another course of treatment. Depending on the severity of depression is ordered neither only psychotherapy or combined psychotherapy with the neuro-pharmacotherapy. In a lot of countries is admitted a controversial type of treatment, based on electric controlled trigger off seizure, used by therapy-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenias, mania. (1)

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Depression increases risk of stroke

Analysis of nearly 30 wide-ranging studies, involving more than 300,000 patients showed that depression is significantly linked to a higher risk of stroke and stroke related death. This report was published by researchers from Boston in the form of an article in the JAMA journal. Read full text »

Mobile phones – Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome

Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome (HPVS) is a new phenomenon on the verge of psychology and neurology that affects many users of mobile phones. It manifests itself differently but most commonly the owner a cell phone experiences the sensation of a vibration signal, although the device receives neither a message nor a call. The phenomenon has already been described in medical journals, however, there are very few studies on how often it occurs and what are the causes. Read full text »

Cotard syndrome – living dead is not a myth

Walking corpse syndrome, the delusion of death is one of the names of the state manifested by the patient’s belief to be deceased. The aetiology of affliction is read into stressful way of life and severe depressive state. People diagnosed with Cotard syndrome, which is the correct name of this disease, are convinced that they are dead and therefore claim that they cannot die again. Read full text »

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome – What’s wrong with Alice?

L. Carroll, the author of a fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland” describes the situation when the Alice drinks a potion and eats a piece of a cake to change the size of her body. Of course, the scene is only literary fiction, but what if it could be true? Read full text »

Lithium in drinking water as a new method of suicide attempts’ prevention

The history of lithium treatment in psychiatry is not very long. Its medical potential was firstly described in 1948 by Australian psychiatrist John Cade, who had used it as a medication for patients with mania. Lithium’s real career began, when Danish psychiatrist, Mogens Schou had read Cade’s findings and had confirmed them in double blind placebo controlled study. What is more, in the cooperation with Paul Bastruup they discovered that lithium had a prophylactic properties against episodes of bipolar disease (1). Although the medical environment was very skeptical of the new drug at the beginning, lithium became very popular in psychiatric treatment. Read full text »