22 January 2011

Schizophrenia and smoking.

Smoking is a common problem for patients with schizophrenia. The increased tendency of patients diagnosed with this disorder is to not only smoke, but to do so more heavily than the general public. This raises the possibility that nicotine may be acting as a treatment for some symptoms of schizophrenia.

Nicotine acts through two general classes of brain receptors, those with high and low affinity for nicotine. The low affinity class of nicotinic receptors contains the alpha-7 subunit, which is present in reduced numbers in people with schizophrenia.

Notice this with Bipolar too - wonder if it's the mania?  Wonder if that mania is similar foundation to schizophrenia, or if there are just some neighboring areas affected.  Some of what I read of that disorder makes me think that.  Some of what I experience makes me feel I can relate to parts of their experience.  Im not sure.  Deeper thoughts, deeper research.  enjoying a tv series on netflix...

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These are the thoughts and feelings as they happen. The subject matter and verbage may be of a more mature nature, and may be considered sensitive by some. In respect for that, I shall try to remember to give headers (with some space before post) and attempt to just "suggest" sensitive verbage.

Peace, Blessings, I hope this can help some.