Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by I2haveseen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:39 am

The57ironman wrote:
I2haveseen wrote::shock:
not being in the moment..?
:headscratch:





I2haveseen wrote:Your always gunna be in the moment :flop:






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...well then , what about the schizophrenia..?

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Yeah, Wot about it? Peop[le like that arte so in the mom,ent, blue looks purple......

Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by domdabears » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:06 am

Like in the movie, The Happening.

People just start killing themselves anyway possible.

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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by The57ironman » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:59 am

I2haveseen wrote::shock:
not being in the moment..?
:headscratch:





I2haveseen wrote:Your always gunna be in the moment :flop:






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...well then , what about the schizophrenia..?

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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by I2haveseen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:46 am

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Your always gunna be in the moment :flop:

Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by The57ironman » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:42 am

I2haveseen wrote:not being in the moment..?
:headscratch:




I2haveseen wrote: the implications for free will?


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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by I2haveseen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:24 am

:shock:
not being in the moment..?
:headscratch:






K. I see's it likes this. If a bug (virus/bateria/wot ever) can makes you phyically ill (or even kill ya), Why not mentally as well. It's just not a big jump 4 me.

Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by The57ironman » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:18 am

I2haveseen wrote:Fair nuff Bro.

:headscratch: Can't remember if I found it starange or not.

Any who, Wot U think of the implications for free will?

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....you mean as far as the mind being affected by an organism (beyond our control)..?...thereby having our conciousness altered...?...and not being in the moment..?...what..?

...i still don't think i can get my head around it...

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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by I2haveseen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:05 am

Fair nuff Bro.

:headscratch: Can't remember if I found it starange or not.

Any who, Wot U think of the implications for free will?

Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by The57ironman » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:56 am

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...i find this bizarre and have a hard time with it , for some reason.. :shock:


.....just putting it out there.. :cheers:

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Re: Parasite tied to self-harm, suicide attempts

Post by I2haveseen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:51 am

Under normal circumstances, a rat steers clear of cats and their odours. But rats infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii develop a deadly attraction to the feline scent. This abnormal behaviour often leads them to the mouth of their predator, and allows the parasite to enter and complete its reproductive cycle in the cat.

It was no surprise, then, that in Webster's recent experiment untreated infected rats chose to spend nearly three times as much time in laboratory containers holding woodchips treated with feline urine than their control counterparts. And the rats given anti-T. gondii drugs spent about 30% less time in the feline-scented area than the untreated infected rats.

But infected rodents given only haloperidol as a treatment similarly spent 28% less time around cat scent than their untreated but infected counterparts. All of the rats had been infected with the parasite in adulthood.

Webster suspects that the antipsychotic drug somehow suppresses replication of the parasite, stemming the development of the fatal feline attraction. She admits that the rodents' abnormal behaviour is an imperfect model for human schizophrenia, but adds the observed changes in the rodents following haloperidol provides useful insights into the neurobiology of cognitive disorders.

She adds that more research is necessary to explore the possible link between toxoplasmosis and schizophrenia. And she stresses that the infection is common - affecting an estimated 50% of the UK population - so it could not trigger psychosis in all people carrying the parasite: "We don't want to be scare-mongering."

Journal reference: Proceedings of the Royal Society B (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3413)

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