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In undergraduate school at Macalester College – near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, I spent most of my research and study time in the lab studying IntraCranial Stimulation with lab rats- It was believed the ‘pleasure center’ was located deep within the hypothalamus and direct electrical stimulation was more reinforcing than any other known reinforcer…..such as food, drugs, or even water. Experimental Rats would self-stimulate to point of complete exhaustion, The stimulation was insatiable. Then CNS agents were added, such as stimulants, sedatives, and antipsychotics. Only the antipsychotics reduced the frequency on the self stimulation. At that time, the U of MN was working with addiction in lab rats. One of te most influential researchers at that time was Dr Victor DeNoble – who was recruited by Philip Morris to develop a “safe cigarette”
I will let his video tell the story of nicotine addiction…….but please recall that addiction to nicotine, amphetamines, and narcotics follow the same ‘game plan’ As so thoroughly disclosed by David Kessler, MD, PhD – it is a Question of Intent
Strongly recommend his books………also the movie The Insider with Russel Crow as Dr Jeffrey Wigands
As stated by Dr C. Everett Koop – nicotine is as addicting as heroin….even young children
I consult with programs addressing addiction…..mainly teens and young adults As a scientist, methadone and Suboxone
maintenance seems like a reasonable modality, but as a clinician, I usually recommend Abstinence based programs. In the mid 1970s, I was assigned to dispense methadone maintenance to recovering heroin addicts via VA Hospital System. Results over time were disappointing. For me professionally, I concur with Russell Brand with his testimony via British Parliament
So much information just via You Tube on addictions of so many types
Santa Fe War Bonnet Lionel Train – What was big before Video Games
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Neil Young and LionelTrains
Neil Young on Letterman
More Videos re: Lionel Trains
Most that know Neil Young, think of his music, but Lionel Trains are also a big part of his family life !
A Most Important Post From 1boringoldman.com
What does the Science on Addiction support ? Total Abstinence or Maintenance ?
Neil Young’s Musical Address to all the Wasted Lives from Narcotic ODs
John Prine’s musical response Sam Stone
APA – Still selling snake oil. I am often asked by Mental Health Professionals for updates on the DSM-5 which was officially released last month at the Annual American Psychiatric Association meeting
Numerous experts have been speaking out against it and the mental bloggers have raised many serious concerns about major flaws in this so-called ‘update’. Diagnostic Inflation is the most common concern……….with many thousands now meeting criteria for major mental illnesses. I will allow Dr Allen Frances MD explain. He was the prime expert with the DSM IV
Dr David Healy – Psychiatrist from Wales – continues to express concerns….particularly about the safety of psychiatric medications. If one accepts the DSM-5 as the
guidelines, many more meds will be prescribed – often to people who do not need them
Alison Bass recently posted a review on several new books inspired by DSM-5
Dr Allen Frances MD with Huffingtom Post article
The number of well written blogs, newspaper articles, and medical journals – amazing !
I have yet to find any positive reviews regarding this DSM-5 – except BigPharma. Dr Thomas Insel of the NIMH was even unsupportive.
HT to the blog from http://www.1boringoldman.com who posts daily with such powerful skills at analyzing data
In spite of the DSM-5 eliminating the Asperger Term, the concept will continue to grow, thanks to experts such as Temple Grandin, PhD, John Robinson, and expert Neuroscience Journalists such as Amy Harmon of the New York Times. 2 1/2 years ago, Amy Harmon published Asperger Love just after Christmas 2011 and the story continues to expand day after day. Hopefully this NYT video will open and play on this post
Temple just gave an extremely important extremely important interview re: Aspie early intervention and need for much more active treatment of the ‘hands on’ variety. Not allowing the ASDs to just take meds, watch videos, and get put on Social Security without active treament as she will define it.
More information from Temple Grandin at TED in Feb 2013
John Robinson – has Aspergers and his story and his books are so enlightening.
His most recent book “Raising Cubby” is a must read and happens to be about son Jack Robinson – the Jack of “Jack and Kirsten” – written about per Amy Harmon….(small world)
I follow too many talented Aspies – who have been teased, bullied, and have no peer friends. They are labeled geeks, nerds, odd and typically drop out of school, never reaching their unique potentials
Laura Marling – launches her 4th album with rave reviews as a gifted singer/songwriter !
A very young singer/songwriter from UK
In a few years, she was performing to ‘slightly larger venues’
Now, as of late May – 2013 – her 4th album has been released to incredibly rave reviews
MasterHunter reflects a major change from her years as a teenager. She has matured so much in her lyrics, life experiences, and just moved from London to LA – performing primarily solo acoustic.
Aspergers – will the term actually be dropped for Autistic Spectrum Disorder? If one accepts the about to be released DSM-5, it will.
However, I will continue to utilize the term clinically and am not along in refusing to adopt this “so called” improvement from DSM IV-R
The Mental Health/Psychiatry Blogs have been ever so busy with concerns about diagnostic inflation and misinformation from the proposed DSM-5
For example-> 1boringoldman.com has had a global impact, for example
And Experts such as Dr Allen Frances MD and Temple Grandin PhD
Dr Allan Frances MD Psychiatrist and principle developer of DSM IV
10 Minutes with Temple Grandin PhD in an interview in Minnespolis 2010
As for Aspie Girls is extremely important, due to the fact that the diagnosis is so often overlooked. A young adult Aspie Maya has done an excellent job of posting videos on YouTube about her life, leading to the the launch of her new album…………very skilled musician.
So examples from Maya can teach us so much !
So many more, including her meeting with Aspie expert Tony Attwood PhD
Aspergers in Females is so often overlooked and there is so much we can learn from brilliant young students such as Maya.
Too Many Clinicians seem to be afraid of the concept and it leads to unnecessary suffering for so many children and young adults
These individuals need the opportunity for empowerment and not pathology
Neuroscience Journalist for the NYTs – Amy Harmon – has been addressing the challenges of relationships with Asperger Couples and just released an eBook on it…Asperger Love at a cost of less than $4.00. Excellent Work, Amy – I still learn from Jack & Kirsten from your research with them. Thank You and your Literary Awards are so well deserved !
————————————————————————So do not be afraid to continue addressing the unique needs of individual needs of people with Asperger’s If one falls on the spectrum and is allowed to withdraw completely with only their video games, day after day, they are bound to develop depression, anger, and increased risk of anger – directed both inward and outward.
“Whistle Past the Graveyard, if it helps. But emphasize the need to encourage social interactions and not allow social isolation.
I am not posting Laura Marling as an Aspie, but her lyrics seem most appropriate. Such a gifted, shy, singer/songwriter !