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Mental Health Information:
  • In a one-year period, up to 50 million Americans, more than 22 percent of the population, suffer from a clearly diagnosable mental health condition involving some degree of impairment. 
  • About 27% of those who seek medical care for physical problems actually suffer from a mental health condition. 
  • Although mental health conditions are treatable, only 20% of individuals seek help. 
  • Mental health conditions rank #1 in terms of causing disability in the United States. More disabilities than ALL other diseases including cancer and heart disease. 
  • Mental health conditions account for 25% of all disabilities. 
  • Mental health conditions fill more hospital beds than cancer, lung and heart disease combined and is the #1 reason for an individual to occupy a hospital bed. 
  • The cost of mental illness to society, including lost productivity, absenteeism, and substance abuse, exceeds $ 180 billion a year. 
  • Recent research indicates severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and manic depression (bipolar disorder) are biochemically caused brain diseases. q 1/4 of all Social Security Disability payments are for individuals with a severe mental illness. 
  • Some well-known people who suffered from severe mental illness are Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Van Gogh, Issac Newton, Winston-Churchill, & Michelangelo. 
  • Despite media focus on the exceptions, individuals receiving treatment for schizophrenia are no more prone to violence than the general public. Unfortunately, almost one-third of all U.S. jails incarcerate people with severe mental illnesses who have no charges against them, but are merely waiting for psychiatric evaluation or the availability of a psychiatric hospital bed. Today, roughly 283,000 people with severe mental illnesses are incarcerated in jails and prisons, mostly for crimes they committed because they were not being treated for their illness. 
  • Contrary to media focus, individuals with mental illness are no more prone to violence than the general public, and in fact, are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators. 

Alzheimer's Disease:

A progressive degenerative disease of the brain that leads to Dementia.

On a cellular level, Alzheimer's Disease is characterized by unusual Helical protein filaments in nerve cells (Neurons) of the brain These odd Twisted filaments are called Neuromuscular Tangles.

On a functional level, there is a degeneration of the cortical regions, especially the frontal and temporal lobes, of the brain.

Alzheimer's Disease is common. According to The Alzheimer's Association, about 4 million Americans suffer from it. Many prominent people have suffered from this disease.

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Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older, affects an estimated 4 million Americans. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's:

  • Memory loss 
  • Confusion and disorientation 
  • Speech and language disturbance 
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Difficulty with familiar tasks 
  • Personality/mood changes 

  • Self-neglect New Treatments:
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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias 
Niacin Intake May Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease 
High intake of niacin, particularly from food sources, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline, according to a report in the August issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

Good sources of niacin include: 

  • enriched and fortified grain products 
  • legumes like peas and beans 
  • meats, especially organ meats, like liver 
  • poultry 
  • fish 
  • peanut butter
Niacin can be made in the body from the amino acid known as tryptophan. Another B vitamin, Vitamin B6, is needed to convert niacin to tryptophan. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. So, protein-rich foods can be good sources of niacin. Examples of these foods are: 
  • 3 oz turkey = 4.5 mg of niacin 
  • peanut butter 2 Tbsp. = 4 mg of niacin 
  • 3 oz tuna = 11.8 mg of niacin 
  • 1 cup wheat flour = 7.4 mg of niacin 
  • 1 cup cheerios = 5.0 mg of niacin
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Galantamine Helps Alzheimer's Patients Cope With Daily Life 
Results of a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society suggest that galantamine stabilizes or improves activities of daily living performance in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Galantamine has a favorable effect on activities of daily living (ADL) performance in patients with AD, detectable after 5 months of treatment, regardless of dementia severity. 

What Is A Clinical Trial?

  • Clinical trials are carefully supervised research studies whereby new investigational treatments and medications are evaluated for safety and effectiveness by a medical team.
  • Clinical research studies offer volunteers the benefits of free physical exams, study related medical testing and study medication. Many studies offer compensation for your time and travel.

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all pharmaceutical companies thoroughly test new medications before they become available to consumers. All medications in use today – prescription and over-the-counter – were first proven safe and effective in clinical trials.
How Does A Clinical Research Study Work?
  • The clinical testing of an investigational drug follows a carefully planned process whereby a volunteer's safety is the top priority. Before a study medication is given to volunteers in a clinical research study, it is carefully researched in the laboratory.

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  • Clinical research studies are reviewed by Institutional Review Boards (IRB’s). IRB’s are independent committees who oversee the study process and are designed to help protect the rights and welfare of study volunteers.
Making Your Decision To Participate In 
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  • As part of joining a clinical trial, you will meet with healthcare professionals to discuss your current condition and treatment, as well as to answer any other questions you may have. The healthcare team will assess your eligibility for a study.

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  • When you participate in a clinical trial, your privacy is protected. The study data that is provided to the pharmaceutical company and the FDA generally does not include your name or the names of other individuals participating in a study.

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  • As a study volunteer, you have the right to discontinue your study participation at any time and for any reason.

  • To participate in a local clinical trial, the first step is to complete the Clinical Trials Referral Consent Form


An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affect the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks. A Depression Disorder is not the same as a passing Blue Mood. It is not a sign of a personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with a depressive disease cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for week's, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with Depression.

Approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a depressive disorder. 
Nearly twice as many women (12.0 percent) as men (6.6) are affected by a depressive disorder each year. These figures translate to 12.4 million women and 6.4 million men in the U.S. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Depression:

  • Sadness 
  • Low energy 
  • Not enjoying life 
  • Decreased concentration 
  • Changes in sleep and appetite 

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression):

Sometimes called Manic Depression. About 1 in 10 people who suffer from depression also have periods of "high" or "manic" moods. These roller coaster moods swings can ruin the lives of people suffering from these.

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 2.3 million Americans adults, or about 1.2 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Alternating between Depressed and Mania 
  • Fast talking / Racing thoughts 
  • Reduced need for sleep 


A feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, and feelings of stress.

Approximately 19.1 million American adults ages 18-54, or about 13.3 percent of the people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on the edge 
  • Being easily fatigued 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Irritability 
  • Muscle tension -- shakiness, headaches 
  • Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep; or restless, unsatisfying sleep) 
  • Excessive sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, and various gastrointestinal symptoms 


Almost 2% of the population suffers from a schizophrenia related disorder. Individuals with this condition can experience a range of symptoms from extreme apathy to experiencing hallucinations, paranoid and delusional thinking.

Approximately 2.2 million American adults, or about 1.1 percent of the population age 18 and older in a given year, have schizophrenia. 

The Signs and Symptoms of Schizophrenia:

  • Delusions, false ideas and or distortions of reality Hallucinations such as hearing voices, or noises others can not hear 
  • Sometimes individuals will hear there own voice, the voice of loved ones or voices coming from the television or radio. 
  • Paranoia such as believing they are being followed or watched Thought insertion and/or broadcasting such as believing ones thoughts are not private or that other people's thoughts are coming into his/her head. 
  • Disorganized speech and thoughts such as moving from one topic to another, not making sense or rhyming words. 
  • A lack of motivation and activity. The person may spend most or all of his/her time alone and may speak very little and have little desire to do anything. 
  • Flat or blunted facial and verbal expression. The person may speak in a monotone and show very little emotion and/or a decrease in hand and body gestures. 
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