“Until now, scientists have been unable to decipher whether the dopamine link was a causative factor or solely a way to treat schizophrenia. We have the first evidence that dopamine is a causative factor in schizophrenia,” said Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., chief executive and director of the Lieber Institute and a co-author of the study.
I find that just avoiding devices from the time I wake up in the morning until around 3pm or so gives the brain enough of a rest to normalise having no media input. The brain gets used to the silence. So just don’t switch it on in the morning in the first place as the brain would have broken the addiction to some extent during sleep. Not switching it on gets much easier but the first couple of days are a bit anxiety provoking.
It’s great that they have made this discovery. Something I’m wondering about: If the meds reduce dopamine to normal levels (?), what are causing the side effects? Shouldn’t you in theory just feel like a normal person with normal dopamine levels?
They have a long way to go before they can predict and shape behavior without massive mood
and personality changes. Right now they are cutting with a kitchen knife, not a scalpel. But they say that this century will be “the century of the brain”, where they start to understand the circuitry of the brain. They’ll be able to do things like halting pain without causing dependency. They will learn new ways to treat addiction. They will be able to improve the learning process of many different types of brains. But it will be a long time before they have the circuitry of the brain comprehensively mapped out.