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People of the Internet:

Stop taking the Online Personality Disorder Diagnostic Test.

  1. It is an online test- not a medical professional. The diagnosis of a website is illegitimate and of no sensible value.
  2. If you are taking the test with the idea in mind that you might have a personality disorder, you will ultimately answer in a fashion that exaggerates every small correlating detail about you in such a way that it appears as though you actually do have one.
  3. If you are actually concerned you may have one of these, you are adding an immense load of unnecessary worry to your life by replacing proper diagnosis and treatment with a meretricious website.
  4. No rationally sound person would ever wish to have a personality disorder: The stigma behind them is startlingly horrendous. Did you know that many therapists refuse to treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder because of the popular idea that treating the disorder is burdensome and futile? 
  5. Everybody exhibits symptoms and criteria of one (or several) personality disorders from time to time. This does not mean that said person has the disorder. A pervasive pattern of several of these symptoms is required for the diagnosis, and it can only be made by a qualified mental health professional.
  6. Most people that take the test are simply looking for labels of mental illnesses to add to their collection. Many display these in the description of their blog or biography simply for the sake of seeming interesting, deep, quirky, or (dare I say) crazy** in order to draw attention to them. This last reason is one that I am both passionate about and angered by enough for it to conclude this post.

**If you are using these “diagnoses” as an attractive accessory to your personality when you are unsure of whether you truly have it or not, you are discrediting and devaluing the experiences of everybody who suffers with these disorders on a daily basis.

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Deep Brain Stimulation 

  • surgical implantation of miniature electrodes in to the brain which are attached to an implanted pacemaker
  • these electrodes can stimulate specific areas of the brain
  • has been used in Parkinson’s disease, and trialled with other movement disorders such as Huntington’s disease
  • for PD the most common sites selected for the electrodes are the subthalamic nucleus and globus pallidus interna
  • they can provide some symptomatic relief and may lessen the side effects from medications

*EDIT*

In the characteristics of Tolcapone & Entacapone, it should say:

COMT = its products are partial agonists at dopamine receptor 

Meaning: 3-o-methyldopa (partial DA receptor agonist) competes with DA for its receptor. As a result, less DA available & less DA binding with its receptor.

You DO NOT want that in Parkinson, that’s why you inhibit COMT, so L-Dopa won’t metabolize (both in the neuron as in the periphery) and crosses the BBB when it can becoma DA with the AAADecarboxylase enzyme

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Patrick Dempsey - “C'è posta per te” Italian Show - part 1

Maria: The clip was airing and you said to Meredith: “I’m in love with you” and a girl behind me said: “And I love you!”

Patrick: :D