"Study Discovers Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless"

Further understanding of panic and anxiety studying a woman who has no panic or fear!

Study Discovers Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless
Published: February 3, 2013
The New York Times

“In the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about fear from a woman who could not experience it. A rare illness had damaged a part of her brain known as the amygdala and left her eerily unafraid.
Both in experiments and in life, the woman, known as SM, showed no fear of scary movies, snakes, spiders or very real domestic assaults, death threats, and robberies at knife- and gunpoint.

Although she lived in an area “replete with crime, drugs and danger,” according to an earlier study, because she lacked a functioning amygdala, an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain long known to process fear, nothing scared her.

But recently SM had a panic attack. And the simple fact that she was able to feel afraid without a working amygdala, experts say, illuminates some of the brain’s most fundamental processes and may have practical value in the study of panic attacks.” Read More...

"Running From Crazy" - Mariel Hemingway And Her Family's Battle With Mental Illness

"Running from Crazy": Mariel Hemingway Tackles Family History of Suicide, Mental Illness in New Documentary

“The new documentary "Running from Crazy" chronicles the life of actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of the great novelist Ernest Hemingway. The film focuses on Mariel’s family history of mental illness and the suicides of seven relatives, including her grandfather and her sister, Margaux.

The film is directed by the two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, whose documentary "Harlan County U.S.A." has become a classic and won an Oscar in 1977. We’re joined by Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple from the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.”

A Doctor's Blog On Depersonalization

Here is yet another resource for those with Depersonalization.

The Search For Self
Exploring Depersonalization Disorder
by Elena Bezzubova, M.D., Ph.D.

Elena Bezzubova received her M.D. summa cum laude and Ph.D. with a dissertation on depersonalization. She completed a residency in psychiatry and training in psychoanalysis. Her 30 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience includes inpatient and outpatient adolescents and adults, encompassing a broad range of mental health issues.

Throughout her career, depersonalization and identity disturbances have been a central focus of her practice and scholarship. She has taught child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, psychoanalysis, history of psychiatry, social psychiatry, clinical psychology, literature and psychiatry, medical ethics, and the art of doctoring. She has published more than 50 book chapters and articles, and has organized and presented at numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Bezzubova maintains a private practice as a psychoanalyst in Newport Beach, CA, and teaches at the University California, Irvine, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

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