There are many types of system failures when something as complex as the autonomic nervous system is concerned. Maintaining an adequate "internal milieu" or homeostasis is vital to being alive and is vital to the function of the brain and to the function of memory and the mind. Loss of baseline adult memory and of… Continue reading Patterns of Altered Mental Status as Patterns of Systems Failure
that is, human consciousness [in my opinion] , is a product of how human's process air and food [ie energy] in the body, in the blood, and in the brain to provide energy for movement and for consciousness [to guide movement]. Human consciousness is a complex physical thing. A good metaphor to explain human consciousness… Continue reading Human Consciousness is a product of Physiology and Metabolism.
The brain somehow preserves our sense of self....but not when we exhibit altered mental status. Then the brain will direct its energy away from our sense of self, in order to stay alive; whether we have depression, mania, hypertension, ventilatory failure, chronic obstruction pulmonary disorder [not necessarily the same as ventilatory failure], heart failure, kidney… Continue reading How Does the Brain Preserve our Sense of Self?
Paula's attacks of bipolar depression involves intact recognition of people and places yet with heightened anxiety accompanied by with autobiographic and personal memory loss and dulled intellect. The result is a loss of self despite normal recognition of one's environment. This loss of self is alarming and confusing and impossible to describe. Loss of intellect… Continue reading Depression of memory and intellect with intact recognition
It has always fascinated me that disease states can produce stereotypic motor behavior. It has not escaped my notice that the "too little " motor activity of quiet delirium and the "too much" motor activity of mania and other forms of agitated motor subtypes of delirium are abnormal patterns of motor behavior. Disease states can… Continue reading Locomotor activity in Bipolar Attacks [ and in hypo-motor delirium and mania, a form of hyper motor delirium.
Neuroplasticity within the cardiorespiratory control network When environmental and/or physiologic conditions are chronically altered, as during chronic hypoxia or hypercapnia, neurophysiological systems are challenged to maintain homeostasis, requiring adjustments in integrated physiological control systems. The physiological adaptation process to chronically altered states is known as acclimatization, which has been well characterized for high altitude exposure/chronic… Continue reading Paula’s breathing is chronically altered.
In order to deal with the subtly changing composition of the air we breathe, as well as dealing with the changing nature of the air carried by the blood to our cells, we have a flexible system to deal with gas exchange in our lungs and in our veins, arteries, kidney and other organs. Paula's… Continue reading What is wrong with Paula?
And they don't realize it. Do you know of anyone doing clinical research into cognitive impairment from bipolar illness or from migraine or from iron deficiency or from thiamine deficiency or any other brain illnesses potentially caused by secondary problems far away from the brain? These are hard problems for which we have no good… Continue reading Do you know of anyone doing clinical research into cognitive impairment from bipolar illness ? Because they are doing it wrong.
Paula has invisible "control of breathing" issues. Control of breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system. Control of breathing and invisible problems with control of breathing is something that we have only begun to investigate.....because some people with control of breathing problems are unaware that they have this problem and are unaware of the… Continue reading Mind and A.N.S. Control of Breathing
I am not referring to what we choose to think or what we choose to do. I am talking about the processes which support the existence of Mind ; the chemical processes which are responsible for thought, memory and arousal. These chemical processes depend on energy, on electrical signalling, on appropriate intracranial pressure, on appropriate… Continue reading Mind must be a product of the autonomic nervous system