Human Behavior Problems and Diseases. Copyright 2010. PEER.tamu.edu. Topics to be Covered:. Common brain problems Specific nervous system diseases Alcoholism and drug abuse. What Can Happen to the Brain:. Chemical messengers (transmitters) in the brain can be enhanced or suppressed.
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Change the anatomy and modify neural pathways
Damage to brain can make us behave badly, cripple us, or even destroy our personality and sense of self.
by Brain Disorders Are:
mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system.
450 million people
Clinical Depression is feeling
"down" and "low" and “hopeless" for weeks at a time.
Feeling "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days is NOTdepression.
Major Depressive Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder -low grade depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Discuss the differences in these two pictures.
Firefighters at the site of The World Trade Center attacks.
Symptoms can include but are
not limited to:
Symptoms in children may include:
The brain is like a machine, all the parts need to work properly!
“PTSD often smolders at a sort of sub-threshold level,” said Barry Fisher, MD, medical director of the behavioral medicine clinic at Highland Drive VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.
“A current life stressor—losing a job, getting divorced—can tip the balance, because it brings anxiety and triggers thoughts about the last time the person felt he was in a life-threatening situation.”
Two basic kinds:
Most addictions begin as psychological