Tag-arkiv: mental illness

How is mental health and mental illness portrayed in contemporary film

Psychflix is a website dedicated to looking at how mental health and mental illness are portrayed in contemporary film. It includes an extensive review section, and a series of articles that analyse the representation of everything from psychiatry to psychosis on the silver screen.

Hat Tip: Mind Hacks

Association Between Common Childhood Infection and Neurologic Conditions (ex. OCD)

News and research articles about strep throat associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions, ex. PANDAS, are poping-up on news site and medical journals. Keep clicking, more coming soon. Here are the two latest:

A new study adds support to an increasing body of evidence that the common childhood bacterial infection known informally as strep throat is associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions that frequently start in childhood — Tourette’s syndrome (TS), Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder.

The study, conducted at the Group Health Center for Health Studies (CHS) in Seattle, is published in the July 5, 2005 edition of the journal Pediatrics, accessible online at http://www.pediatrics.org. It suggests that strep throat (streptococcal infection) doubles the risk for a first diagnosis of TS, OCD or tic disorder within three months after infection. Multiple infections appear to approximately triple the risk for a first diagnosis of these disorders within 12 months.

Source: Yahoo News/Group Health Center (US)

See also: Fox News: Strep Linked to Neurological Conditions?


Updated 17. August 2005

Found this on News Channel KFOR Oklahoma (NBC news)

The causes behind mental illness have long been a subject for debate. Is it trauma in someone’s life or something more physical? There is research going on right now that is looking into whether kids can catch obsessive compulsive disorder from a very common bacteria and whether it could be treated with a simple dose of antibiotics.

You can watch more on KFOR

OCD caused by bacteria and viruses ?

Den engelske avis, The Guardian, har publiceret en artikel om at flere sygdomme end måske hidtil antaget dybest set er forårsaget af infektioner.

Obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and diabetes could be caused by bacteria and viruses, according to the American Academy of Microbiology. In a report, it says a huge number of conditions currently attributed to lifestyle and genetics, including psychiatric syndromes, could be down to microorganisms.

“A number of chronic human illnesses are triggered, either directly or indirectly, by microorganisms,” says Ronald Luftig of Louisiana State University Medical Centre, one of the authors of the report.

Source: The Guardian, Thursday April 28, 2005, Infected by mental illness