Dr. Sacks discusses two controversial diagnoses in this chapter. Tourette’s syndrome and encephalitis lethargica were both forgotten to time because their characteristics were mystical, for this reason many doctors rejected them. Dr. Sacks gives these diagnoses the attention and thought needed to help aide his patient that suffer these symptoms rather than ignoring its existence. Doctors typically medicate patients to help alleviate symptoms. Dr. Sacks discussed how L-Dopa is administered to post-encephalitic patients to replace their lack of dopamine. In theory, it should balance their chemicals and Dr. Sacks sees great improvements in them because of it. However, with the recovery of their health comes Tourette-like symptoms. To fix one thing means another problem may arise. It can be difficult to find a solution that balances out for the patients, and is important to research for this reason. This is the case for people with Tourette’s. …show more content…
The oldest parts of the brain, including the thalamus, hypothalamus, limbic system, and the amygdala, all contain the most basic life functions. An excess of dopamine in the brain causes Tourette’s. An antagonist like Haldol can be used to lower the high levels of dopamine. However, we cannot treat this as a cure since there are also different pathways between structures that are being utilized within the brain. Sometimes using this medicine will make the person feel less emotions. Thus, since each patient is different, we must treat them on a case to case basis to help them individually in the best way
The novel Awakening by Oliver Sacks opens with a story about a young women, Frances D. who at the age of fifteen begins to experience “severe attacks of encephalitis lethargica”. In 1964 at the age of sixty Miss D. was finally labeled as having Parkinsonian. Miss D. experienced many symptoms of the Parkinson’s Disease earlier in her life before she was classified as having Parkinsonian some of these symptoms were, freezing during movement or speech, oculogyric crises which would last as long as fifteen hours on end. The passage goes on Oliver Sacks continues to talk about Miss D.’s struggles and complications with the disease, Miss D.’s biggest struggle that I had analyzed was her not being able to control her own actions, “I am a quiet person,’
Nervous and embarrassed, Gina kept her hallucinations a secret from her family for a month before deciding to open up about her health and making an appointment with the doctor. The diagnosis of Parkinson’s was a “complete shock” to Gina and her family, but together they employ a “mind over matter mentality” to help them cope. About one year ago, Gina started on Nuplazid to treat the hallucinations. On Nuplazid, they’ve experienced: (QOL) Gina’s quality of life has significantly improved since starting Nuplazid.
Good practice is centred solely around patients. It is essential for practitioners to understand that each patient is unique, and they will be required to adapt their procedures to address needs of each patient. This includes being aware that care needs may be influenced by differences such as gender, sexuality and age.
Subsequently, more emphasis is placed on the importance of expanding patients’ knowledge of the treatment that they are to receive and how to refine their self-care and management for the future. This can potentially improve the day-to-day lives of both the patient and medical staff. As the well-known Chinese proverb states: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a
Charvez’Hobson General Psychology Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder are Associated with Lower Socio‐Economic Status: Findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children Cohort Background The background evidence that I found about Tourette syndrome is that it is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder. This disorder begins during childhood and can be characterized by a vocal or motor tics that persist for more than a year. These tics over time can vary in the frequencies over the years. The vocal or chronic tic disorder can be defined by the consistently of vocal and motor ties.
In his book, author Oliver Sacks tells the accounts of many of the stories he has encountered throughout his career as a neurologist. Each individual story ranging from a variety of different neurological disorders, displays a common theme which add to Sacks’ overall message conveyed. The themes that are conveyed by Sacks include losses, excesses, transports, and the world of the simple. Each theme consists of grouped stories that coincide with the overlying message. In the losses section, the nine chapters all deal with some sort of deficit inside of the brain.
“When we was coming down I looked through one of them windows. I saw the other part of the plane. There were flames coming out of it”(Golding 8). The novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding starts with a group of boys whom their plane is shot down, as the story takes place in World War Two. The British boys are stranded on the island with no adults around.
Not only do you need to focus on the wellbeing of your patient, but the patient
Dr. Seyer is passionate about his job. Dr. Seyer had done a heroic act. As a result, he gave the patients the experience to be able to see the world again. “Based on the true story of physician and neurologist Oliver Sacks, “Awakenings” chronicles the life of patients who were struck with encephalitis lethargica during and after World War I, in the 1920s and 30s…”(Buckley,2012). Buckley continue to say that the disease hits the brain that in 1920s was irreversible.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a lifelong condition with no known cure that affects a wide range of people in many different ways. TS is a developmental disorder characterized by the presence of chronic tics, or involuntary stereotyped jerks and utterances (Martino, 2013, p.993) A review of several scholarly and peer reviewed journals will shed light on the little known facts of TS. Scholarly research into topics such as, but not limited to etiology, incidence rates, functional skills, communication, and educational concerns will help clear up any confusion or stereotypes associated with the condition. Incidence Rates of Tourette Syndrome According to the journal article The multifaceted nature of Tourette syndrome:
Hence this will be a difficulty for analyst and professional, as they will then have to bring this matter to the conscious mind of the patients. This could also cause tension and opposition by patients during their treatments. This opposition is called resistance. (Nunberg, NCBI, 1943) Therefore patients and analyst have to come to an agreement to be able to solve the conflict.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales, by Oliver Sacks, is a captivating collection of medical cases. The book is meant to be read by healthcare professionals, as the author uses an abundance of medical terminology, but can also be read by the everyday person, because Sacks explains the medical jargon. As a professor of neurology, Oliver Sacks invites his readers into the most interesting cases during his clinical experience. This book broadened my knowledge of medical cases and taught me to have empathy for those affected by certain disorders. I enjoyed learning about the author’s different cases, because it is amazing how complex the human brain is.