The Madness Within Us

The Madness Within Us

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Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating and mysterious mental illnesses. People with schizophrenia have the unique sensation that their brain is being taken over by external entities and that their heads are filled with voices that are not their own. Although it is increasingly recognized as a biological illness of the brain, it also has profound psychological implications for how we perceive reality. The Madness Within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process is an illuminating discussion of these two aspects of the illness. Dr. Robert Freedman, who is both a neuroscientist and a practicing clinical psychiatrist, outlines the emerging understanding of shizophrenia as a neurobiological illness and shows how these new insights can be used as a bridge to the psychological understanding of the delusions and hallucinations. He combines the findings of modern brain science with insights from the clinical practitioner's empathic listening to patients as they describe their problems. The Madness Within Us is the only book that parallels penetrating explorations of the biological origins of schizophrenia with moving portraits of the lives of those who suffer from itOur neuromuscular nicotinic receptors have changed somewhat since our caterpillar days and they are not as sensitive as the insect receptor. ... who had difficulty with sensory filtering to an intricate wiring diagram of the hippocampus and the identification of a specific archaic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, ... Then we will also be able to understand exactly how Paul and Rachel lost their sensory gating.

Title:The Madness Within Us
Author: Robert Freedman
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2010

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