Here is a guide to ten advances and discoveries in mental health treatment and understanding that have taken place in 2009.
1) Nerve Cell Transplants In Rats Help Brain Damaged Rats Recover The Ability To Learn
Nerve cell transplants in rats are showing that the brain can recover after damage and regain its ability to learn. This is a break through discovery that will hopefully help people who suffer brain damage regain their ability to learn and comprehend.
2) Scientists Can Predict Early Alzheimer’s With EEG Test
Medical professionals can now diagnosis early Alzheimer’s using computer software to analyze an EEG test.
Dopamine function is linked to schizophrenia and may be the cause.
4) Pathological Gambling
People who suffer from pathological gambling are showing great promise using a dopamine drug that is used to treat substance abuse.
5) Depression and Lead
Depression and lead seem to be linked together in young adults. It is found that young adults who suffer from early depression have higher lead levels in their blood.
6) Alcoholism Treatment
Neuropharmacologists have found that the drug topiramate might actually help with alcoholism both physically and mentally. It has been shown to dramatically reduce the craving for alcohol.
7) Climate Changes Effect Mental Health
Leading health officials are warning that the climate changes faced by the Earth will inevitably effect the mental health of many. Those who will be struck hardest are people currently suffering from severe mental illness.
8) Narcotics Are Found To Cause Irreversible Damage On The Mentally Ill
Dr. Stéphane Potvin of the Université de Montréal affiliated Centre de recherche Fernand-Seguin at the Louis-H Lafontaine Hospital has reported that narcotics cause irreversible damage on the already mentally ill. His studies have shown that those suffering from schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders suffer severe side effects from narcotic usage. The patient not only becomes far more addicted then others but the drugs seem to escalate the mental illness in patients.
9) Circadian Clock Genes Cause Bipolarity In Children
Alterations in the RORB gene cause bipolarity in children.
10) MAOA genotype May Be Way To Diagnosis Those With Violent Bordline Personalities.
By analyzing the MAOA genotype scientists believe that they will be able to predict those with mental illness who might suffer from violent tendencies.