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  What is Megalomania?
Although megalomania is a term often ascribed to anyone who is power-hungry, the clinical definition is that of a mental illness associated with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Megalomania is also sometimes associated with bipolar disorder; a depressive illness that is characterized by mood swings from extreme lows to extreme highs.
Schizophrenia, a mental illness characterized by a split personality, delusions, hallucinations and extreme paranoia, is also often found alongside megalomania.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-megalomania.htm   (675 words)

 Mark Yannone - Issues - Healthcare - Healthcare Budget - National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Mental disorders also are tragic contributors to mortality, with suicide perennially representing one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States and worldwide.
Because mental disorders may have severe symptoms, and often run a chronic or recurrent course, they are profoundly destructive, not only to life and productivity, but to the well being of families, causing immeasurable suffering to affected individuals and their loved ones.
Yet, clearly, the often unrecognized and untreated symptoms of mental illness have a profound, long-term impact on the child's developing brain and his or her family, social, and academic interactions.
www.yannone.org /natl-mental-health.html   (571 words)

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Mental disorders usually cause impairment in one or more of the areas of cognition, affect, behaviour, perception, and volition (Bloom & Bay 1996, p 2-3).
The Mental Health System serves those who are ill, their families and the community at large".
"a mental disorder in which the patient persistently tries to obtain hospital treatment, especially surgery, for an illness that is non-existent.
www.forensiceducation.com /sourcebooks/glossary/m.htm   (2840 words)

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It is no more appropriate to describe a person with mental illness in derogatory terms than it is to use similar terms for a person who suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer.
When the word anxiety is used to discuss a group of mental illnesses (anxiety disorders), it refers to an unpleasant and overriding inner emotional tension that has no apparent identifiable cause.
Now a legal term applied by the courts to a person who, because of mental disease or mental retardation, was unable I to appreciate the wrongfulness or criminality of his conduct at the time of an offense, or in some jurisdictions, unable to control his/her actions.
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(Mental health professionals who have realized this often display the artwork of their psychotic patients, which is of profound depth and quality.) Much art (Hieronymous Bosch, surrealism, Dadaism, Edvard Munch, and other parts of the avant-garde) seems to be the work of madmen.
While such suffering is usually socioeconomic, it may also be a result of illness, one kind of which could be mental illness.
Galton examined the extended families of prominent geniuses in the arts, letters, and sciences, and "demonstrated" that mental illness tended to occur in other branches of their family.
www.fiu.edu /~mizrachs/bio-creative.html   (3196 words)

 Psychosurgery.org: 06/01/2005 - 06/30/2005
And some just kept hammering on the mentally ill; "Whatever Drake's mental condition might be, those loons on the loose who pose threats to the citizenry are still out there because of mental-illness policies that need to be revised," opined Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch (12/2/99).
TAC is a Beltway offshoot of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), an advocacy group consisting largely consumers of mental health services and their families.
Although there is promising work in genetics and brain imaging, researchers are not likely to have anything resembling a blood test for a mental illness soon, leaving them with what they have always had: observations of behavior, and patients' answers to questions about how they feel and how severe their condition is.
www.psychosurgery.org /2005_06_01_archive.html   (2944 words)

 Topics — Delusion
A false impression or opinion, esp. as a symptom of mental illness.
Given that a delusion is a symptom of mental illness, the active cultivation of delusion, as in spiritual and meditation practices, leads directly to the institutionalized insanity of religion.
In a monotheist society such an extreme delusion would be regarded as a severe case of mental illness, but in the current New Dark Age with the fashion for Eastern Spiritual belief this delusion of grandeur is coveted and regarded in the highest esteem.
www.actualfreedom.com.au /library/topics/delusion.htm   (340 words)

 Amazon.com: Being Mentally Ill: Books: Thomas Scheff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
While the conventional psychiatric viewpoint seeks the causes of mental illness, Scheff views "the symptoms of mental illness" as the violation of residual rules—social norms so taken for granted that they are not explicitly verbalized.
Throughout the book, the sociological model of mental illness is compared and contrasted with more conventional medical and psychological models in an attempt to delineate significant problems for further analysis and research.
New to this edition are discussions of the massive use of psychoactive drugs in the treatment of mental illness, changing mental health laws, new social science and psychiatric studies, and the controversy surrounding the labeling theory of mental illness itself.
www.amazon.com /Being-Mentally-Ill-Thomas-Scheff/dp/0202303101   (747 words)

 Pharmaximum.com - Bookstore
Cotton's theory was that all mental illnesses (including tertiary syphilis and senile dementia) are caused by focal infections of various organs: teeth, tonsils, sinuses, stomachs, spleens, gallbladders, cervixes, (p.100); also uteruses, ovaries, fallopian tubes (in women) and seminal vesicles (in men), and the large intestine.
To cure mental illness, any or all of these organs must be removed using dangerous and, generally, ineffective surgical procedures.
Cotton was superintendent of the the Trenton Mental Hospital from the early 1900s until his death in 1933 and therefore he had the opportunity to practice his "therapies" without supervision or scrutiny.
www.pharmaximum.com /books/book.php?isbn=0300107293   (1773 words)

 Case Histories From the History of Psychiatry
Valentin Magnan, French psychiatry, and the classification of mental diseases, 1885-1925.
The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present.
The Myth of Mental Illness, (1960) Thomas Szasz.
bms.brown.edu /historyofpsychiatry/hop.html   (909 words)

 Medical Dictionary: Mental illness - WrongDiagnosis.com
Mental illness (medical condition): The term "mental illness" may refer to a variety of psychological or psychiatric disorders, but tends to be used to describe the more severe types of mental health disorders.
Less severe mental health problems tend to be called "disorders" or "syndromes" rather than "illness".
Mental illness: any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /medical/mental_illness.htm   (287 words)

 Surgery may not be the most obvious treatment for mental illness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Madhouse by Andrew Scull recounts the story of Henry Cotton (1876-1933), who believed that the cause of mental illness was the systemic effects of largely hidden chronic infections.
The lesson is that a psychosocial understanding of mental illness needs also to have a strong ethical foundation to be influential.
The simplistic and biologically reductionist accounts of mental disorder which underpinned the work of Cotton and Freeman still enjoy widespread currency in modern psychiatry, particularly to sustain pharmacotherapy.
www.critpsynet.freeuk.com /MadhouseLobotomist.htm   (548 words)

 Megalomania as a Norm
The standard dictionary definition of Megalomania describes it as a "mental illness involving delusions of grandeur" and / or an "obsession with one's own importance and omnipotence".
Charlie Chaplin captured the humorous and silly quality of megalomania in his classic film "The Great Dictator", which was a direct and topical parody of Hitler, and yet this same object of comedy left us with a legacy of unparalleled violence, murder, and destruction.
My point is that megalomania is, to a certain extent, a human condition that is perhaps more prevalent than we realize, and it does not just afflict our ostensible leaders.
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 BJP -- eLetters for MONCRIEFF, 188 (4) 301-302
This development has encouraged psychiatry in its longstanding claim that "mental diseases are diseases of the brain" (Griesinger, 1965).
Since the development of psychotropic medication, one of the current versions of this claim is that mental illness is due to chemical imbalances in the brain.
This hypothesis is as much without proof and requires as much faith and self-deception as somatic theories from the past, for example, that underpinned the excesses of lobotomy and surgical detoxification of chronic infections (Scull, 2005).
bjp.rcpsych.org /cgi/eletters/188/4/301   (434 words)

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P. Cronshaw, DC Nutrition and Mental Illness Sampling of the Current Scientific Literature ­ Part 2 by Gary Null, Ph.D. and Martin Feldman, M.D. For the past 40 years the mainstream medical establishment has denied the connection between nutrition and physical disease states.
So there is a kind of schizophrenia on the part of most mental health practitioners in that their reality is at odds with what has actually been going on in the real world of research.
It is suggested that biochemically interrelated vitamins such as B12 and folate may exert both a separate and combined influence on mental state, and that poorer vitamin status may contribute to some psychiatric disorders in the elderly.
www.chiro.org /chiro-list/newsfile/nut-mind.txt   (3448 words)

 A Preliminary Analysis of the Baha'i Concept of Mental Health, part 2
As inferred from the foregoing, it is apparent that a preliminary Baha’i concept of mental health cannot reflect or endorse an apprehension of human reality confined to the temporal world or one that excludes consideration of the fundamentally spiritual nature of the person.
However, a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice (Hornby, 1988) indicated that “mental illness is not spiritual, although its effects may indeed hinder and be a burden in one’s striving toward spiritual progress” (p.
While the Bahá’í Faith affirms the use of psychotherapy for mental illness, it does not identify the practice as having a direct influence on the soul (Hornby, 1988).
bahai-library.com /theses/mentalhealth2.html   (14692 words)

 Religion, Political Leadership, Charisma, and Mental Illness: The Strange Story of Louis Riel. Perr IN . 1992;37(2): ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Despite evidence of mental illness, a defense of insanity was rejected.
The Riel phenomenon illustrates the interaction of charisma, religiosity, political leadership, and mental illness and exemplifies a circumstance under which a mentally ill individual can be accepted as a political leader and prophet.
This paper (1) reviews the history of the case (excluding the trial itself), analyses from psychiatrists published as early as 1887, and succeeding historical commentary; (2) documents the nature of Riel's mental illness; and (3) discusses the issue of the charismatic mentally ill leader.
www.astm.org /jforensicsci/PAGES/1702.htm   (182 words)

 Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine -- Double 330 (7502): 1276 -- BMJ
Surgery may not be the most obvious treatment for mental illness.
illness was the systemic effects of largely hidden chronic infections.
of mental illness, if it is to be influential, needs also to
bmj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/330/7502/1276   (458 words)

 Althouse: Religion and mental illness.
The NYT has a long piece on the mentally ill Romanian nun who was killed in a botched attempt at exorcism.
I just go thome from bringing my wife to the hospital for admittance die to her mental illness.
Obviously, I think some people have real mental illness and need treatment, and your wife appears to be one of them, but far too many people -- especially children -- are using psychotropic drugs.
althouse.blogspot.com /2005/07/religion-and-mental-illness.html   (825 words)

 A Preliminary Analysis of the Baha'i Concept of Mental Health
The spires of cathedrals and the minarets of mosques stand in silent testimony to humanity’s loftiest sentiments, aspirations, and ideals, while the ovens of concentration camps and the remains of moldering mass graves are expressions of its basest nature and blindness of heart.
The concepts of mental health that appear in the writings of these well-known authors appear in the present work, examined with reference to their respective views on religion, as both backdrop to and contrast with a preliminary definition derived from the translated Bahá’í Writings.
In advancing an initial concept of mental health as reflecting a condition of development that includes both conscious knowledge and faith, the Writings of the Bahá’í religion are predictive of an evolution of consciousness that is both unitive and universal in nature, and in which the excellence of human reality will be progressively revealed.
www.h-net.org /~bahai/diglib/books/F-J/H/herzog.htm   (16219 words)

 Louis Riel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba." While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat.
During these years, he suffered from bouts of mental illness, including the delusion that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet.
His mental state deteriorated, and Following a violent outburst he was taken to Montreal, where he was for a period of some months under the care of his uncle, John Lee.
louis-riel.iqnaut.net   (5747 words)

 The New York Review of Books: 'FREUD'S MEGALOMANIA'
In Freud's Megalomania I argue that one way of reading (or fixing up) Freud is noting that self-deception is a critical element of human psychology.
In his review of Israel Rosenfield's novel Freud's Megalomania, Daniel Mendelsohn mounts an oblique but familiar defense of Freud against his critics, who are uniformly characterized as "angry," "fierce," and "vicious." "Of course," writes Mendelsohn, the "inadvertently revealing protesting-too-much" by those rabid pursuers invites explanation in "Oedipal" terms.
In those enclaves of tasteful one-upmanship and methodological sleight-of-hand, no thought is wasted on the real-world effects wrought by unfounded ideas about the causes and cure of mental illness.
www.nybooks.com /articles/13950   (1877 words)

 Megalomania (mental illness) - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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Megalomania is a state of mental illness often characterised by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
: a delusional mental disorder that is marked by infantile feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Megalomania_(mental_illness)   (158 words)

 Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness - paxilprogress
The same fast- food mentality that generates hoards of cash at the expense of consumers.
It looks good, sounds good, and "buys" them popularity/hype/paranoia justification time, but in the long run does not empower anyone except to have better dollar performance in the stock market which does nothing for anyone if they are still afraid/depressed and reaching for yet another pill, instead of solving the fear/depression problem.
People free themselves from their mental health challenges and drugs all the time.
www.paxilprogress.org /forums/showthread.php?t=6767   (2670 words)

 Megalomania in Modern Medicine - Margaret Williams - 7th May 2005
The article is called “The madness of a cure for insanity—Henry Cotton pioneered an unusual treatment for mental illness.  But his methods killed a third of his patients” and the title of the book is “Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine” by Professor Andrew Scull published by Yale.
Given Daniels’ own track record of published ridicule of ME patients, his last sentence in his review is risible.
There are more examples that could be quoted, of course, yet curiously, Dr Daniels appears unaware of how the social history of present-day psychiatry might judge him in time to come.
www.meactionuk.org.uk /Megalomania_in_Modern_Medicine.htm   (613 words)

 Stupid Evil Bastard: Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing “services in the community, rather than institutions,” according to a March 2004 progress report titled Freedom Initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/newfreedom/toc-2004.html).
Bush established a mental health commission in 2002 that issued the Freedom Initiative report last July (President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Final Report).
On the surface, pre-screening perople for mental health conditions and returning mental health patients to workable areas of soceity sounds like a decent enough plan.
stupidevilbastard.com /index/seb/comments/bush_plans_to_screen_whole_us_population_for_mental_illness   (2001 words)

 Mental Illness book price comparison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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In both cases, however, it is clear that their megalomania was made possible only by the public perception of who these people were, whether based upon what they were shown, as in Evita Perón's case, or upon what they could not see, but only imagine, as in Pablo Escobar's case.
If megalomania is a phenomenon of the exalted personality, if it thrives upon the reflected admiration of others and feeds on its own grandiose public performance, then Evita Peron was a classic megalomaniac.
This is not to say that she suffered from some debilitating mental illness.
www.nyu.edu /classes/keefer/ww1/scarpa.html   (6691 words)

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