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    I think nanobots could be used to cure schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They could repair faulty connections within the brain and promote a healthy mind. I believe negative situations like extreme prolonged stress and prolonged isolation can cause mental illness. The nanobots could form or strengthen connections within the brain that promote healing and help block signals that cause mood swings, paranoia, anxiety, or hallucinations. You could also probably use the bots to map out a persons brain to get an idea of what is going on. Mental illness is situational and genetic and I believe nanobots could help illness that results from both cases. We still need to first develop nanobots and understand the human brain a lot better. Without that knowledge doing this could be risky and dangerous. I do not know which areas of the brain are effected by mental illness though, if someone can fill me in.


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    Pseudoscience, this is.


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    There are different forms of mental illness so you'd need to figure out what they are, where they are and how to design the bots to do whatever it takes to "fix" the problem areas. Remember many people suffer from 2 or more mental illnesses so that makes it more difficult to do what you want. Also what happens if these illnesses are somehow connected to the creative areas of the brain which give inventive powers to the individual?
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    I guess, through more intensive brain and mind research, we could find a way to work around the special abilities and target only the mental illness so the patient does not have to choose between treating, or even curing, their mental illness and losing their special abilities. We do not want the person to transform into a completely new person, which I also see as being a problem with my idea. But there may be a way.
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    There are different forms of mental illness so you'd need to figure out what they are, where they are and how to design the bots to do whatever it takes to "fix" the problem areas. Remember many people suffer from 2 or more mental illnesses so that makes it more difficult to do what you want. Also what happens if these illnesses are somehow connected to the creative areas of the brain which give inventive powers to the individual?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    I guess, through more intensive brain and mind research, we could find a way to work around the special abilities and target only the mental illness so the patient does not have to choose between treating, or even curing, their mental illness and losing their special abilities. We do not want the person to transform into a completely new person, which I also see as being a problem with my idea. But there may be a way.
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    There are different forms of mental illness so you'd need to figure out what they are, where they are and how to design the bots to do whatever it takes to "fix" the problem areas. Remember many people suffer from 2 or more mental illnesses so that makes it more difficult to do what you want. Also what happens if these illnesses are somehow connected to the creative areas of the brain which give inventive powers to the individual?

    But we already know that the creative mind is connected to the normal mind many times so tampering with one will lead to problems with the other. It is a slippery slope that you are trying to accomplish and today it isn't possible.
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    I was thinking, on another note, maybe if we use nanobots to influence the normal and creative mind maybe we could give people special abilities or even genius. But the problem about going down this path is that the procedure may create mental illness for a person. What do you guys think?
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    If you really want to deal with mental illness, support research.

    We've now identified a statistical oddity about the mothers of schizophrenia sufferers being more likely to have had influenza at some stage during the pregnancy. We need a lot more research about this but one thing we could do - right now - is encourage women who are, or are likely to be, pregnant during the flu season to get vaccinated. That will, hopefully reduce incidence, and even though any beneficial effect can't be detected for 15 - 25 years, that will be long before we have any nanobot or similar therapy available for mental illnesses.

    It won't hurt anyone if it turns out not to have much effect, but if we continue research into the incidence and the history of mental illness in individuals we'll come across more and more such things for more illnesses. Which would make strange and wonderful treatments irrelevant if we can eliminate, reduce or ameliorate such conditions more simply.
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    The creative mind and normal mind may be connected but there may be ways in which they are not and it is in those areas that there may be a chance to change things for people, but this is all objective.
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    I guess, through more intensive brain and mind research, we could find a way to work around the special abilities and target only the mental illness so the patient does not have to choose between treating, or even curing, their mental illness and losing their special abilities. We do not want the person to transform into a completely new person, which I also see as being a problem with my idea. But there may be a way.
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    There are different forms of mental illness so you'd need to figure out what they are, where they are and how to design the bots to do whatever it takes to "fix" the problem areas. Remember many people suffer from 2 or more mental illnesses so that makes it more difficult to do what you want. Also what happens if these illnesses are somehow connected to the creative areas of the brain which give inventive powers to the individual?

    But we already know that the creative mind is connected to the normal mind many times so tampering with one will lead to problems with the other. It is a slippery slope that you are trying to accomplish and today it isn't possible.
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    If we can prevent mental illness from developing that will be the easiest and best treatment. I read once schizophrenia can also be well prevented by being raised is a good environment as a child, even if you are genetically, or maybe, in some other way, such as in the case of your mother having the flu during your pregnancy, predisposed to developing the illness. I read that two twin sisters, who's mother I believe had schizophrenia, were brought up I two different environments. One in a hospital and one in a loving home. The sister in the hospital setting developed schizophrenia and the sister in the loving household did not. So maybe environment plays a greater role than some other things.
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    If you really want to deal with mental illness, support research.

    We've now identified a statistical oddity about the mothers of schizophrenia sufferers being more likely to have had influenza at some stage during the pregnancy. We need a lot more research about this but one thing we could do - right now - is encourage women who are, or are likely to be, pregnant during the flu season to get vaccinated. That will, hopefully reduce incidence, and even though any beneficial effect can't be detected for 15 - 25 years, that will be long before we have any nanobot or similar therapy available for mental illnesses.

    It won't hurt anyone if it turns out not to have much effect, but if we continue research into the incidence and the history of mental illness in individuals we'll come across more and more such things for more illnesses. Which would make strange and wonderful treatments irrelevant if we can eliminate, reduce or ameliorate such conditions more simply.
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    The problem with nanorobots is very simple - who will take control of them and who will control the producer. It's not so easy too keep human's desires in check. What if someone decide to use them to change ours minds? It may smell like a conspiracy theory, but it's a real danger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    If you really want to deal with mental illness, support research.

    We've now identified a statistical oddity about the mothers of schizophrenia sufferers being more likely to have had influenza at some stage during the pregnancy. We need a lot more research about this but one thing we could do - right now - is encourage women who are, or are likely to be, pregnant during the flu season to get vaccinated. That will, hopefully reduce incidence, and even though any beneficial effect can't be detected for 15 - 25 years, that will be long before we have any nanobot or similar therapy available for mental illnesses.

    It won't hurt anyone if it turns out not to have much effect, but if we continue research into the incidence and the history of mental illness in individuals we'll come across more and more such things for more illnesses. Which would make strange and wonderful treatments irrelevant if we can eliminate, reduce or ameliorate such conditions more simply.
    Adelady, if we do not understand the way we humans operate world wide, are we not going to create new mental diseases? If you are saying we cannot stop research, are we researching how to prevent it? On the other hand how can we prevent it if we do not know how we created it. I may be wrong but I would think it would be beneficial to know how to control the many what we call "I's" in our lives. I am sure education would be the place to start in order to bring about prevention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hymenophyllum View Post
    The problem with nanorobots is very simple - who will take control of them and who will control the producer. It's not so easy too keep human's desires in check. What if someone decide to use them to change ours minds? It may smell like a conspiracy theory, but it's a real danger.
    They can do that today with the drugs that are being dispensed by doctors. Many mood altering drugs are available.
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