Clinical depression – major, post-partum, atypical, melancholic, persistent

Clinical depression – major, post-partum, atypical, melancholic, persistent

You’ve probably come out of a particularly sad movie and said something like: “Man, that was depressing.” In this case, you’re talking about how, at that moment, the movie made you feel sad, discouraged, hopeless, or anxious. You probably wouldn’t say something like: “Man, that movie was clinically depressing.” The latter expression refers to a…

Meningitis – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Meningitis – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

With meningitis, mening- refers to the meninges which are three protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, and -itis refers to inflammation; so meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges. More specifically, it refers to the inflammation of the two inner layers which are called the leptomeninges. The outer layer of the meninges…

Alcoholism – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Alcoholism – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

Alcohol is one of the most widely used psychoactive substances in the world, and has been a part of different cultures for hundreds of years. Drinking alcohol can have serious harmful consequences, it’s been linked to various cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, and metabolic problems. Over time, regular use of alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence and…

5 Myths about Mental Illnesses

5 Myths about Mental Illnesses

[intro] A man by the name of Thomas Szasz published a book in 1961 called, The Myth of Mental Illnesses, discussing his believe that mental illnesses were unnecessary diagnosis used to excuse the behavior of moral and socially deficient people. Some people still have this view of mental illnesses, but the majority of the public…

Your Brain On Shrooms

Psychedelic or ‘magic’ mushrooms have been ingested by humans for over 9000 years. Even today, this naturally grown fungus is commonly used as a recreational drug, causing hallucinations, but how exactly does it work? The main psychoactive ingredient in shrooms is call psilocybin. When ingested, the body breaks it down into the active drug psilocin,…

Cerebral palsy (CP) – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

It’s pretty well-established that your brain’s really important. It’s like, if your body was a computer, your brain’s the mainframe. It controls everything, whether you’re aware of it or not. Cerebral palsy means “brain disease causing paralysis”; so essentially, cerebral palsy refers to damage to the brain that causes loss of muscle control, like for…