Freethought Fridays: Midtown Book Club

Chapters 6 & 7 of Saving Normal.

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  • Ali S.

    It's amusing how the anorexia article seems so enthusiastic about diagnosing more people which is in direct contrast to our book.

    Replacement for the DSM? Hadn't heard of this.
    "This project, given the unspectacular name Research Domain Criteria or the RDoC Project, is being cited as an eventual replacement for the diagnostic system used by current-day psychiatrists." I like how all the uses for sticking electrodes in a brain are to help sick people, except the one about enhancing memory. That commitment to performance enhancement is beyond what I ever want to do lol.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Jerry

    Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/22/brains-neuroscience-prozac-psychiatric-drugs

    Interesting article on how "deep brain stimulation" could potentially replace pharmaceuticals...

    "Perhaps more surprising for some is the explosion in deep brain stimulation procedures, where electrodes are implanted in the brains of patients to alter electronically the activity in specific neural circuits. Medtronic, just one of the manufacturers of these devices, claims that its stimulators have been used in more than 100,000 patients. Most of these involve well-tested and validated treatments for Parkinson's disease, but increasingly they are being trialled for a wider range of problems. Recent studies have examined direct brain stimulation for treating pain, epilepsy, eating disorders, addiction, controlling aggression, enhancing memory and for intervening in a range of other behavioural problems."

    3 · September 24, 2013

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