Matters Of The Mind: Finding Better Ways To Identify Psychotic Disorders


TEENS THERE HE EATS MEALS IN ISOLATION, HAS LIMITS ON VISITS AND ALLOWED OUTSIDE IN THE YARD WHILE WEARING CUFFS AND SHACKLES. EXPERTS DISAGREEING ABOUT THE EXTENT OF A MENTAL ILLNESS. A REVOLUTIONARY STUDY IN BOSTON IS WORKING TO MAKING THE IDENTIFICATION OF PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS RELIABLE, BREE GETS US CLOSER TO THE PROBLEM AND A POTENTIAL SOLUTION. GOOD MORNING, GUYS, WITHOUT THE AVAILABILITY LIKE LAB TESTS LIKE BLOOD TESTS OR BIOPSY, SYMPTOMS LIKE HALLUCINATIONS OR HEARING VOICES ARE SUBJECTIVE AND HARD TO MEASURE. THIS MONTH A STUDY IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY MAKES THE CASE THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS IN A WHOLE NEW WAY. 100BILLION NEURONS IN A HUMAN BRAIN CONNECTIONS THAT CAN DETERMINE YOUR WHOLE LIFE, AS THE DOCTOR WILL TELL YOU, PSYCH TRI RESEMBLES OTHER DISCIPLINES FROM 100 YEARS AGO. WE HAVE IN GRINNED IN THINKING THE MIND AND BRAIN ARE SEPARATE ENTITIES OR MILLENNIUM, AND THAT IS A MINDSET THAT TO CHANGE. THE DOCTOR HEADS A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AT BETH ISRAEL ONE OF FIVE TEAMS FINDING NEW WAYS TO CLASSIFY PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS. WE NEED BETTER LABELS BASED ON OBJECTIVE MEASURABLE BIOLOGICAL DATA AS OPPOSED TO SYMPTOM BASED DATA. COURT CASES HIGHLIGHT THE PROBLEM WITH RELYING ON SIMILAR COMES. EXPERTS CAME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE DEFENDANT’S MENTAL HEALTH. WHAT THE JURY DIDN’T HEAR WAS HOW HIS BRAIN IS DIFFERENT FROM A NORMAL BRAIN. THE JUDGE RULED IT IN ADMISSIBLE IN COURT BUT FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES. THESE DISORDERS ARE THE LATEST BRAINS ARE NOT WIRING TOGETHER WELL. BIOLOGICAL BRAIN DIFFERENCES ARE CRUCIAL. THE DOCTOR’S TEAM INTERVIEWED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND MEASURED BRAIN ACTIVITY THROUGH EEG’S. THESE ARE EYE BLINKS. THE DATA GATHER FROM 1900 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS PART OF A STUDY THAT IDENTIFIES THREE SPECIFIC BIOLOGICAL TYPES BEING ABLE TO DIAGNOSE PSYCHOSIS WITH DATA INSTEAD OF SYMPTOMS THAT CAN BE FAKED OR MISS INTERPRETED WITH A BIG STEP, BETTER PREDICTIONS ON TREATMENT RESPONSE AND OUTCOME, IDENTIFYING MOLECULES TO TARGET FOR NEW TREATMENTS AND ONE DAY MIGHT HELP IDENTIFY A CAUSE, FURTHER STUDIES LIKE THIS REINFORCE AND IMPORTANT POINT MUCH ONE OF THE MAJOR ADVANTAGES OF STUDIES LIKE THIS IS TO DRIVE HOME THE POINT AGAIN THAT THESE ARE REAL ILLNESSES, THESE ARE BIOLOGICAL DISEASES. NOW THIS STUDY AND THIS STORY IS IN NO WAY SAYING MENTAL ILLNESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PHILIP CHISM’S CRIME. RESEARCHERS ARE SIMPLY SAYING WE CAN DO BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL METHOD OF DIAGNOSIS PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS, THE TEAM

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