Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sleep

Many psychiatric disorders, "particularly ones involving emotions, seem to be linked with abnormal sleep," he added. "Traditionally people mostly thought the psychiatric disorders were contributing to the sleep abnormalities, but of course it could be the other way around. If we can find out which parts of sleep are most key to emotional stability, we already have a good range of drugs that can push and pull at these kinds of sleep and maybe help treat certain kinds of psychiatric conditions."
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It has also been found that melatonin levels drop 75% suddenly just before puberty which seems very significant considering schizophrenia usually appears at about the same time in formerly healthy kids and their parents often talk about how they wander around nights.

When you factor in other victims of sleeplessness due to hypervigilance (child abuse and PTSD for example) one really has to question whether all the psych treatments are taking credit for a side effect - sleepiness. Actually the blockbuster drugs for erectile dysfunction were just a side effect of a drug designed for hypertension, ecstasy was developed to prevent excess bleeding, there are lots of examples of the side effects becoming more important than the original function.

4 Comments:

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said...

Among all the lies we get from the psych docs, the one truth may be that schizophrenia is like diabetes. They say it so people will take horrible medications for life, but the truth may very well be that we have a malfunctioning pineal gland (that produces melatonin) just like the diabetic has malfunctioning insulin production.

 
At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a male I would like to speak of the unspeakable. Sex and hormones. They peak in the same years mental illnesses like schizophrenia are diagnosed. As a horny teenage who had no sexual relief, it was hard to sleep. Now throw in the mental deteriation known from lack of sleep and you get the symptoms of schizophrenia. Maybe most new 17-21 male schizophrenics, are not schizophrenic and instead need to have some "sexual healing" and some sleep.

 
At 5:05 AM, Blogger liberated psych said...

Anon: Maybe - though I don't think your idea would fly with the abstinence only people.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger liberated psych said...

I guess I was kind of flip. Actually obsessing about anything, even sex, is going to create problems I think.

 

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