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Posted on 11/18/2010 7:12:58 PM PST by MetaThought
The Insanity Virus
Schizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA.
by Douglas Fox
Steven and David Elmore were born identical twins, but their first days in this world could not have been more different. David came home from the hospital after a week. Steven, born four minutes later, stayed behind in the ICU. For a month he hovered near death in an incubator, wracked with fever from what doctors called a dangerous viral infection. Even after Steven recovered, he lagged behind his twin. He lay awake but rarely cried. When his mother smiled at him, he stared back with blank eyes rather than mirroring her smiles as David did. And for several years after the boys began walking, it was Steven who often lost his balance, falling against tables or smashing his lip.
Those early differences might have faded into distant memory, but they gained new significance in light of the twins subsequent lives. By the time Steven entered grade school, it appeared that he had hit his stride. The twins seemed to have equalized into the genetic carbon copies that they were: They wore the same shoulder-length, sandy-blond hair. They were both B+ students. They played basketball with the same friends. Steven Elmore had seemingly overcome his rough start. But then, at the age of 17, he began hearing voices.
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Schizophrenia could caused by a virus? Intriguing.
Its other name is “Windows”. ;’)
You’re welcome! I figured it would interest someone in your profession.
Biochemical or biomechanical mechanisms, their interactions and the subsequent effects are intriguing. They do explain a good amount of “what's going wrong” in people.
A simple neurological exam showed Torrey that schizophrenics suffered from more than just mental disturbances. They often had trouble doing standard inebriation tests, like walking a straight line heel to toe. If Torrey simultaneously touched their face and hand while their eyes were closed, they often did not register being touched in two places.
Schizophrenics also showed signs of inflammation in their infection-fighting white blood cells. If you look at the blood of people with schizophrenia, Torrey says, there are too many odd-looking lymphocytes, the kind that you find in mononucleosis. And when he performed CAT scans on pairs of identical twins with and without the diseaseincluding Steven and David Elmorehe saw that schizophrenics brains had less tissue and larger fluid-filled ventricles.
Subsequent studies confirmed those oddities. Many schizophrenics show chronic inflammation and lose brain tissue over time, and these changes correlate with the severity of their symptoms. These things convinced me that this is a brain disease, Torrey says, not a psychological problem.
Torrey wondered if the moment of infection might in fact have occurred during early childhood. If schizophrenia was sparked by a disease that was more common during winter and early spring, that could explain the birth-month effect.
Thanks for posting this. Our godson, age 23, was just diagnosed.
He had previously been diagnosed with OCD and bi-polar. As the article indicates, it was apparent he was “different” when he was a young child. His mother always said he had quirks. Recently he has begun to complain that he has trolls following him, laughing at him. He doesn’t want to leave the house and has put cardboard over his windows so they can’t see in.
We have another older friend whose son also has it. He has done pretty well with treatment. He is closer to my age. He lives on his own, has a small lawn care service and runs a booth at a flea market on the weekends.
Our godson OTOH is barely functional.
You’re very welcome.