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Mad genius Van Gogh got a new diagnosis

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Scientists have given a new diagnosis to Vincent Van Gogh. According to experts, the painter suffered from several disorders, including attacks of delirium tremens. At the same time, the authors call the talk that the genius was allegedly sick with syphilis or schizophrenia as groundless.

Details are set out in a scientific article published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.

Talent and madness

Contemporary art critics consider Vincent Van Gogh to be a great artist. Moreover, he was a strong and courageous man. Never recognized during his lifetime, he lived from hand to mouth for many years, but found the strength to work and hope. In his numerous letters to his brother Theo Van Gogh, the painter appears as a man of an extraordinary mind, deeply feeling beauty and passionately loving his loved ones.

But this genius has definitely never been a balanced person. In 1888, he attacked his friend Gauguin with a razor (at least according to the testimony of the latter). On the same night, Van Gogh cut off a part of his auricle and presented it to the brothel cleaner, after which he was naturally placed in a psychiatric clinic.

In subsequent years, the artist also had serious mental problems. He was hospitalized twice more, which, however, did not prevent him from working productively. In 1890, at the age of 37, Vincent Van Gogh committed suicide.

Disease history

What mental illness struck the painter and, very likely, brought him to the grave? Experts never tire of arguing about this. Now psychiatrists from the Netherlands (by the way, the artist’s homeland) have made a new attempt to understand his condition. To do this, they asked the necessary questions to three art historians who are well acquainted with Van Gogh’s biography through his letters and other sources.

Note that, by strict medical standards, a psychiatric diagnosis can only be made by personal examination. It is clear that today’s doctors do not have such an opportunity. Therefore, the authors make a reservation that their conclusions cannot be called final. And yet, experts made fairly reasonable assumptions about what the artist was sick with.

According to their findings, from a young age, Van Gogh suffered from a kind of mood disorder (most likely bipolar). In addition, he displayed traits typical of borderline personality disorder .

The artist’s vulnerable psyche could not get stronger from many years of constant malnutrition, uncertainty about the future and strained relations with others. In addition, in the last four years of his life, the genius greatly abused alcohol. All this taken together, according to experts, led to a breakdown that ended in self-harm.

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The life and work of Van Gogh became an object of study not only for art critics, but also for psychiatrists.

Once in the hospital after this event, Van Gogh experienced hallucinations, unbearable anxiety, eerie nightmares and other unpleasant symptoms. It is generally believed that this was a continuation of the same fit of insanity in which the artist cut off his ear. But this time, the researchers concluded that the reason was … the hospitalization itself. More precisely, the fact that the painter, once in the hospital, was forced to give up alcohol. And his abrupt withdrawal from alcohol caused an episode of alcoholic delirium, also known as delirium tremens.

Let us remind you that this condition develops in persons suffering from severe alcoholism. The usual reason for this is abrupt cessation of alcohol use.

The biochemical mechanism of alcoholic delirium is still being clarified. But the most common version is as follows. It is known that large doses of alcohol have a strong inhibitory effect on the nervous system. So that the work of the brain simply does not stop, the body pumps it with stimulant substances of its own manufacture. And then the patient suddenly stops drinking. The body, however, does not have time to reorganize and continues to produce exciting substances on an industrial scale. And without the inhibitory effect of alcohol, the psyche of the patient under the influence of these internal stimulants is literally peddling.

This is what Dutch psychiatrists believe happened to Van Gogh. At least the picture of symptoms, as far as it was possible to establish, is typical of alcoholic delirium.

In addition, starting in 1886, the artist became increasingly addicted to alcohol. It is possible that he was in a long binge before hurting himself. And within the walls of the hospital, his alcoholic epic probably ended abruptly. It is not surprising that in such a situation the genius suffering from alcoholism had an episode of delirium tremens. And then medicine could not offer him any antipsychotic drugs (they were invented only in the second half of the XX century). The doctors simply had nothing to stop the attack.

Van Gogh had another psychotic episode, which the authors also attribute to alcoholic delirium. These two attacks, according to experts, were followed by severe depression. This is also very plausible: in such circumstances, a completely healthy person could plunge into despondency, and after all, Van Gogh, according to experts, always suffered from a mood disorder. The genius never fully recovered from this depression, and she ultimately drove him to suicide.

However, psychiatrists do not discount the diagnosis given to the artist by the attending physician: epilepsy. In some forms of this disease, hallucinations occur (especially if the focus of activity is located in the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex) and other psychotic symptoms. In this case, the characteristic seizures may not be observed. However, the doctors of the 19th century, of course, could not make an electroencephalogram to the patient, so their conclusions should not be taken too seriously.

So, the researchers gave Van Gogh a whole bunch of possible diagnoses. It is a mood disorder with traits of borderline personality disorder that has been exacerbated by difficult life circumstances and alcoholism with delirium tremens. As a result, the genius developed a depression that cut short his life.

Rejected diagnoses

At the same time, experts rejected a number of previously stated hypotheses. For example, they consider it unlikely that the artist had schizophrenia.

First, until the age of 35, the painter did not show any psychotic symptoms, while schizophrenia usually manifests itself at a young age. Second, even after the self-mutilation incident, episodes of psychosis were rare, and there was no sign of “great psychiatry” in between.

Finally, this disease is characterized by a growing emotional coldness. The patient seems to plunge into himself, losing interest in the outside world and reacting only to the simplest stimuli. Nothing of the kind happened to Van Gogh.

The authors also consider the version that the genius had syphilis as untenable. Yes, this ailment can really drive a person crazy. But it also has much more characteristic symptoms, which were well known at the end of the 19th century. It is unlikely that the doctors who treated the artist would not notice syphilis. But the surviving reports contain no hint of this diagnosis.

Finally, the authors did not find any evidence for the theory that Van Gogh was poisoned by carbon monoxide (at one time such a version was also expressed).

Of course, we are unlikely to ever know for certain what happened to the great painter. However, no medical reports can influence the assessment of his outstanding talent.

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With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is experiencing an unprecedented spike in suicides

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is experiencing an unprecedented spike in suicides 92

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists warned that economic constraints could have serious mental health consequences.

“The secondary effects of social distancing can increase the risk of suicide,” the researchers note in an April 10 article by the American Medical Association. “It is important to consider changes in various economic, psychosocial and health-related risk factors.”

In fact, the researchers warned, forced isolation could be the “perfect storm” for suicide.

Seven months later, new evidence emerges that these researchers were right.

“Many more Japanese die from suicide, which is likely to be exacerbated by the economic and social impact of the pandemic, than from the COVID-19 disease itself,” CBS News reported. “While Japan has dealt with its coronavirus epidemic much better than many other countries, keeping the death rate below 2,000 nationwide, preliminary statistics from the National Police Directorate show that in October alone, the number of suicides rose to 2,153, which means a rise in the fourth month. contract”.

For years, the number of suicides in Japan has been declining. But the advent of COVID-19 and strict regulations to curb transmission of the virus have reversed that trend.

There were 2,153 suicides reported last month, up about 600 from the previous year, with the largest increase in women, with an 80 percent increase in suicide rates, according to CBS.

“We need to take a serious look at reality,” said Katsunobu Kato, a top Japanese government official, adding that new efforts are underway to advise potential victims.

Unlike Japan, the United States has yet to release national suicide data. But anecdotal evidence suggests the United States may be fighting its own suicide epidemic.

Before the advent of the coronavirus, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in America, claiming 42,000 to 49,000 lives annually in recent years. While we don’t yet know what the casualties will be in 2020, polls show that more than half of Americans say they are mentally harmed during the pandemic, which has prompted widespread quarantine and social isolation to fight the virus.

Meanwhile, some localities report a sharp increase in the number of suicides. These include Dane County, Wisconsin, the second-largest county in the state, with youth suicide rates nearly doubling in 2020. The John Muir Medical Center, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, has similarly reported an “unprecedented” spike in suicides in May.

“We have never seen such numbers in such a short period of time,” Dr. Michael de Boisblanc told ABC affiliate. “I mean, we’ve seen more suicide attempts in the last four weeks than in a year.”

We don’t yet know what the final U.S. suicide rate will be, but the sad truth is that the U.S. may well see growth similar to Japan’s.

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The woman who died of cancer and came back from another dimension

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Anita Moorjani, experienced something that most of us will never experience. She was diagnosed with cancer, lived with it, died of it, then came back to life and returned home healthy.

Moorjani had been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for four years when she woke up one morning and couldn’t move at all. Her husband rushed her to the hospital and was diagnosed with grade 4B lymphoma. Her organs were shutting down, and doctors believed she had only 36 hours to live. She eventually passed out.

However, she was still aware of what was happening around her. She could hear her husband in the lobby and observe his conversations with the doctors. She could see her brother desperately board a plane in India so that he could come and see her one last time at a Hong Kong hospital. Besides, she realized something completely different.

“… I actually ‘passed’ into another dimension. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of complete love. I also felt extraordinary clarity about why I have cancer, why I came into this life at all, what role all members of my family played in my life in the general scheme of things and how life in general works. “

“The clarity and understanding I received in this state is almost indescribable. Words cannot describe the experience. I was in a place where I realized how much more there is that we can imagine in our three-dimensional world. “

“I realized what the gift of life was, and that I was surrounded by loving spiritual beings who were always around me, even when I didn’t know it.”

She died, then came back to life. And there were even more surprises. The cancer left her body and she left the hospital healthy. The doctors did not believe it.

“The doctors were very confused, but told me it must have been a quick reaction to chemotherapy. Since they themselves could not understand what was happening, they made me pass test after test, and I passed all this with honor.

Passing each test gave me even more options! I had a full body scan and since they couldn’t believe they hadn’t found anything, they made the radiologist do it again! “

Many people who have experienced near-death experiences describe something similar to what Murjani tells, but it seems that she traveled somewhere that many of us will never get until we change ourselves.

When you learn to love and appreciate yourself, you can experience a piece of heaven! In this video, Anita Moorjani talks about her experience of near death with lymphoma and how it helped her understand what our diseases can teach us and what really matters most in our lives.

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Human biocomputer. Is it true that thought is material?

Human biocomputer. Is it true that thought is material? 94

Recently there have been reports that American researchers have been able to calculate the weight of human thought. It ranges in their opinion, from 10 to 30 grams. 

What is Consciousness?

Consciousness is our ability to think, reason, determine our attitude to reality. It reminds our muscles how to ride a bike or drive a car, tells us that we have a business meeting next Monday, and participates in many decisions. Consciousness can be imagined as a large organizer right in our head, in which we keep all the information we need.

But does consciousness belong to us? Scientist say that the brain is a kind of “being in being”. It seems to live and act within us, but according to its own laws, unknown to us. There are thousands of documented cases from medical practice, when people live and retain their mental abilities with complete or partial absence of a brain or with complete cerebral hydrocephalus.

Such facts and evidence make scientists recognize the fact that consciousness exists independently of the brain. So, John Eccles, the largest neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize winner in medicine, believed that the psyche is not a function of the brain. Together with his colleague, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, who has performed more than 10,000 brain surgeries, Eccles wrote the book ‘The Mystery of Man‘. In it, the authors explicitly state that they have no doubt that a person is controlled by something outside his body.

Two more Nobel Prize winners, neurophysiologists David Hubel and Thorsten Wiesel, have repeatedly said in their speeches and scientific works: in order to assert the connection between the brain and consciousness, you need to understand what exactly reads and decodes the information that comes from the senses. However, as they emphasize, this is not yet possible.

A research team led by Dr. Sam Parnia conducted an experiment for 4.5 years with 2060 patients in 15 hospitals. Scientists have collected evidence that the human consciousness is still working, even if the rest of the body (including the brain) can already be considered dead. 

“The brain, like any other organ of the human body, consists of cells and cannot think. However, it can work as a device that detects thoughts – like a television receiver, which first receives waves, and then converts them into sound and image “, – this was the conclusion of Sam Parnia.

A person can be compared to a biocomputer participating in the exchange of information on the “Internet” of the noosphere. The fact that our brain is a transceiver of electromagnetic signals is a reliable fact, but modern methods of registering them are not yet sensitive enough. And our consciousness is just an instrument that is given to us for the perception of this world. And his activity has a creative power. 

Scientists from the Canadian Queens University conducted an experiment in which volunteers were seated in the center of a room and another person’s gaze was periodically directed to the back of their heads. Approximately 95% of the subjects noted that they clearly felt the effect of the gaze on themselves as “passing pressure on the back of the head.” 

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Can thought change reality? 

Modern science has evidence that thought is material. With our thoughts, we create our own personal reality, which is formed on the basis of our beliefs and beliefs. And this reality can be changed. How? With the help of all the same thoughts! 

American researcher in the field of neurophysiology and neuropsychology Joe Dispenza was one of the first to study the influence of consciousness on reality from a scientific point of view. It happened after the tragedy. Dispenza was hit by a car, doctors suggested that he fasten the damaged vertebrae with an implant, which could subsequently lead to lifelong pain. But only in this way, according to doctors, he could walk again. However, Dispenza decided to challenge traditional medicine and restore his health with the power of thought. Just 9 months later, he went again. 

The key discovery made by this scientist is that the brain does not distinguish between real and imagined experiences. For example, Dispenza conducted such an experiment. Its members were divided into two groups. People from the first group pressed the spring mechanism with the same finger every day for an hour. People from the second only had to imagine that they were clicking. As a result, the fingers of the subjects from the first group strengthened by 30%, and from the second – by 22%. So, Joe Dispenza proved that for the brain and neurons there is not much difference between real and mental experience. This means that if we pay attention to negative thoughts, our brain perceives them as reality and causes corresponding changes in the body. For example, illness, fear, depression, outburst of aggression, etc.

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How to rejuvenate with your imagination? 

The idea that thoughts and emotions generated at the same time by several people can affect reality has been expressed for a long time. But this idea belonged more to the sphere of esotericism than science. In the 1990s, scientists at Princeton University decided to test it with an experiment. 

They worked with a random number generator. It usually outputs roughly equal numbers of zeros and ones. During the experiments, the operators had to “inspire” the machine to produce more zeros or, conversely, ones. To do this, they intensely thought about the desired. And the results that the generator showed exceeded the probabilities. The experimenters also noticed that when two people participated in the experiment, their “influence” on the generator increased. However, the result looked more impressive if there was a strong emotional connection between the participants.

Imagination is one of the most dynamic human capabilities. In the UK, scientists have proven that the power of thought can even rejuvenate. In a study of volunteer participants, older men who had crossed the 70s, they were asked to change their way of thinking. They were asked to think and act as if each of them suddenly “dropped” 20 years.

The subjects followed the recommendations by changing their way of thinking, daily routine, and their usual activities. Less than a week later, the authors of the experiment noted the first changes, and they were physiological, and therefore easily amenable to elementary checks. In tests and analyzes, it was found that all participants who began to think and act like younger men had improved vision and hearing. Their joints became more flexible and coordination of movements improved. And these changes were by no means short-term: they were “entrenched” in those who, even after the end of the study, continued to think and act like a young man. 

In conclusion, we will mention one more experiment, or rather, an interesting experience. A Chinese physicist, head of the department of Tsinghua University, Bohai Dui, once asked the students to whom he was lecturing to mentally wish him ill. This happened in a lecture. 300 people got down to business at once. Someone imagined terrible situations with the professor, someone inwardly swore at him. And what? The next day he was unable to go to work! The results of the blood test, which he donated for verification, were close to critical. 

The professor was treated on the principle of “like like”. This time, 300 students mentally wished him well. The scientist regained strength, the analyzes returned to normal. By the way, Bohai Dui later wrote a book on this topic. In it, he popularly explained that man is not the king of nature at all, but only an electromagnetic system.

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