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Psychosis and Antipsychotics - A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A woman with mixed emotions
Psychotic mental illness has always been very challenging to deal with because it’s always been difficult to classify. Generically defined as a break with reality, the psychosis spectrum of classification is changing constantly; but over the years it has seemed to settle into a spectrum that ranges from bipolar disorder to schizoaffective disorder to schizophrenia psychosis. Of these, the bipolar disorders—what used to be called manic-depression—can have some features of psychosis and therefore may benefit from the antipsychotics, too. Neurotransmitters and the brain The brain is a very busy place, day and night, and the traffic of neurotransmitters is relentless, which is what gives it its amazing capabilities. “Balance and imbalance” of brain chemicals are not entirely accurate words in assessing mental health, because it is seldom a give-and-take of only two things, but a mixed consortium of perhaps hundreds of things that need to go right to keep ...

Topical Antifungals - War of the Worlds

Multi-colored mushrooms
What does fungi and fungus mean and what are they? Fungi (plural of fungus), together with bacteria, break down the Earth’s organic matter and release carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus into the soil and airi. With the fungi (over 99,000 species strong) being such a player in our planet’s ecology, it is not surprising that they are everywhere in our human lives, from our shower curtains to under our sinks. Fungi like dark, moist areas, so if they’re everywhere—which they are—then they’re certainly between your toes, in your genital area, under your breasts, and—except for plumbers—even between the cheeks of our rear ends. Obesity increases risk of infection Obesity raises your risk, due to an increase in the overlap of skin folds, which can break down with irritation, called intertrigoii. What are the most common fungal infections? Most of the fungal infections on people are yeasts, like Candida or Malassezia furfur, or der ...

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