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November 2017

Ana is Not Just a Name, It’s a Condition

2000 to 2500 kilocalories per day – that is the recommended daily calorie intake for women and men. To a particular group of people, those numbers set off a triggering alarm in their minds.

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Ketamine – the Antidepressant of the Future?

Disclaimer: This article looks into the novel research of the clinical applications of ketamine in the treatment of depression. This article is in no way a promotion of recreational drug use, but rather an insight into the steps being taken to improve the psychopharmacology related to depression. It is important to note that the doses given during the experimental ketamine trials which will be discussed in this article are far below that of street doses, standing at a minute 0.5mg/kg.

It is often suggested that drugs can play an aiding role in the development of mental disorders. Heavy cannabis use, for example, has been found to have the potential of doubling the risk of schizophrenia diagnosis in individuals who start taking the drug below the age of 18 (Moore et al., 2007). These types of findings have allowed the development of a negative stigma around the use of any and all types of street drugs. The dopamine hypothesis supports the notion that neurotransmitter dysfunctions can cause mental instabilities, and can present themselves in various forms, including the showing of psychotic symptoms. Many street drugs tend to affect these neurotransmitters, and it would therefore be plausible to say that they can play a role in mental disorders such as depression. However, is this role always a negative one?

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Love in the time of Autism: A Review of “Dina”

From The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to The Big Bang Theory and Parenthood, autism has been a recurring topic in literature and television. Many authors and film directors have portrayed people with this disorder, although the accuracy of these depictions has long been criticised.

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Diagnosis of Special Educational Needs: Yes or No?

Special educational needs often revolve around terms like dyslexia and autism. It has been a contentious topic for many years and a conclusion has still not been reached as to whether a diagnosis would be beneficial for people with learning difficulties. People who support diagnosing students with specific learning conditions believe that better educational help can then be provided. Having said this, some claim that this form of diagnosis would only hinder those students’ academic progress, considering the additional attention laid on them by their teachers and peers. This may perhaps exert an external pressure on them, which stops them from learning in the classroom naturally. With this in mind, to what extent should the diagnosis of special educational needs be supported?

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