predisposed -v- learnt
parker0 at ibm.net
Sat Nov 23 18:58:30 EST 1996
For some time acknowledged has been that many behavioural
disorders were chemically treatable.
Epilepsy - believed both inherited or as a post trauma disorder has
been treated with medication such as Dilantin [Phenytoin Sodium].
Diabetes regarded as an inherited lifestyle disease linked to the
genetic makeup of persons ability to produce chemicals [insulin
+/ Lispro], regarded as treatable.
Diabetes now also believed to be lifestyle related following studies
on cause, effect and treatment, of particular types of Diabetes
prevalant within the Australian Aboriginal community.
The predisposition of persons to commit suicide is now being linked
to abnormal levels of key brain chemicals - serontin. Serontin
regarded as an important neurotransmitter protein in the brain
linked to the control of inhibition - the lower the level of serontin
the lower the degree of control persons display over their inhibitions
Dr J Mann of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre claimed
at a lecture on the neurobiology of suicide before the Society for
Neuroscience (USA) that low levels of serontin predisposes a
person to suicide thoughts, and, makes them more likely to act
on other powerful feelings.
Persons suffering these tendencies are it is now claimed able to
be identified then be chemically treated to reduce the probability
of such behaviour.
Dr Mann claims the use of PET - Positron Emission Tomography,
may enable powerful diagnostics for suicide with PET able to
detect reactions in the brain to the drug (Fenfluramine) which
prompts the release of serotonin.
Dr Mann claimed whilst genetic inheritance may establish a
reduced serotonin level in a person's brain, that level could be
aggravated by childhood abuse or neglect further reducing the
levels, thus increasing the odds of suicide later in life. Logically
such aggravation with reductions either ante and or post natal.
Dr Mann suggests the monitoring of serotonin may be an
important tool for identifying people likely to act on impulses
such as suicidal.
Such research suggests there exists a genetic predisposition to
other forms of anti-social activities, to criminality.
Believe an unsuccesful attempt in a USA court [California
1995?] arguing the existance in the accused of a genetic
predisposition to criminality. [http or references? ]
Seems the objective was to have a decision the actions of the
accused were beyond his [?] capabilities of control, so the court
should institutionalise the accused for treatment of the disorder
as with other mental illnesses rather than imprisonment.
How much of an individuals behaviour is an inherited genetic
predisposition at birth, how much is from culture - what is learnt
after birth ?
Links between culturally modified predispostions are being found.
Links between genetic predispositions are being found.
Where are we going we this ?
If we are proving the existance of such inherited predispositions
we are saying those same theories which the Nazi's were - and
remain, so widely condemned for were perhaps accurate...
If you're unhappy with this path of thinking, with where it leads,
don't feel lonely !
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