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Disorders of Consciousness - Is ADHD one of them?

There is a category known as Disorders of Consciousness.

Is ADHD - ADD one of them?

If not, will ADHD - ADD someday perhaps be classified as a disorder of consciousness too?

It does not belong to that group but often occurs alongside such disorders.  (+ info)

What's the phrase for the time difference between waking up and gaining full consciousness?

I think it starts with "sleep". It's not technically a disorder. As an example, let's say the phone rings. You become immediately aware of the phone ringing and you answer it, but there's a delay between when you answer the phone (consciously) and realize you're awake and thinking. What's that time gap called?

twilight  (+ info)

What happens in the brain when you lose consciousness?

So, what happens in the brain that neurons decide that the brain should cope with the problem without the human himself? I was in a car accident some time ago and i was unconscious for like 15 mins till the ambulance came. I lost consciousness when i fell from the bonnet to the ground and hit my head. Today i was wondering - how the brain decides that it needs to switch off? I suppose the conciousness and the changes of it is controlled by the medulla.. But is it the hit, the pain or the shock of the whole situation that makes the neurons decide what to do?
I'd like to hear a scientiffic explanation.

Oh, i just realized that it could be due to too heavy stimulation of the neurons or of too big number of neurons stimulated at once?

Thanks for everyone answering

You've pretty much figured out the answer. I can just underline what you've said already.

The process of taking day-to-day events and "storing" them where they can be accessed later is the job of the hippocampus. This area of the brain gets "tags" from various sensations that say, "Hey, this is something you'll want later".

The process of moving short-term, or "scratchpad" memory, into "long-term" memory is called _consolidation_.

When faced with an overwhelming stimulus, or one that has no context in which it can be placed, then the "tagging" and "consolidation" systems can become overwhelmed, or just not know what to do. No consolidation means no long-term memory of the event.

It is common, after an accident, to have what is called a "retrograde amnesia". The more severe the emotional trauma, the longer (in general) the period of amnesia for things *before* the event in question. So, a particularly nasty shock might result in amnesia for everything that happened that day.  (+ info)

What happens when you overdose and lose consciousness ?

How can an overdose lead to losing consciousness. And when yo ulose consciousness, are you near death or just passed out for a little while. And when someone is in a coma, is that near death or it's just a deep sleep. Any info would be appreciated.
What do EMT's do if they arrive on a scene where someone overdosed and they're unconscious ?

First off, it depends on what you 'overdose' on and how severe the 'overdose' is. Any substance that can become 'toxic' can lead to DEATH in an overdose situation. Such as - opiate pain killers, cocaine, alcohol, Xanax, etc. The level that leads to an 'overdose' depends on the substance involved.

When consciousness is lost it 'could' be a prelude to death depending on the substance and amount involved. If you 'black out' from drinking too much alcohol, you will probably live and wake up with a hang over as long as the total amount consumed does not lead to respiratory failure in which case death will occur.

Passing out from drinking or other drug use is not an overdose, it may just mean you are really tired and will wake up later.

A coma is when you will not 'wake up' and the severity depends on if you can breathe on your own.

EMT's will first determine what is going on. For instance if one is not breathing or heart beating they will take appropriate measures to correct that. They will NEED to know what the person took so that they can administer medication if necessary. For instance, an opiate pain killer overdose may require an epinephrine injection. It depends on the drug taken and how bad the overdose is.

People can die from overdosing on many things, including OTC meds like tylenol, in fact its that is common.  (+ info)

What happens if you overdose and lose consciousness?

How can an overdose lead to losing consciousness. And when yo ulose consciousness, are you near death or just passed out for a little while. And when someone is in a coma, is that near death or it's just a deep sleep. Any info would be appreciated.
What do EMT's do if they arrive on a scene where someone overdosed and they're unconscious ?

(Q). How can an overdose lead to losing consciousness. And when yo ulose consciousness, are you near death or just passed out for a little while.
(A). It depends on what drug it is, many are different as many of them are designed to make you lose consciousness as they are strengthened in order to cause that effect.

(Q). And when someone is in a coma, is that near death or it's just a deep sleep.
(A). A coma is, rather than a deep sleep, a state of consciousness that is very deep and very long lasting (usually). This will often lead to injury, disease or even death.

(Q). What do EMT's do if they arrive on a scene where someone overdosed and they're unconscious ?
(A). Once again this depends on the drug. Alcohol for instance usually induces a lesser state of unconsciousness as it's a very typical side effect of alcohol. Something like Cocaine induces a much more dangerous state of unconsciousness as it can also bring along fits and seizures etc. so the responses change.

In order to find out, simply search in google - ' overdose unconsciousness EMT procedure'.

Fill in with the type of drug you'd like to find out about, this shouldhelp you find out more.

Hope I helped!  (+ info)

How can I overcome the anxiety that sets in when trying to raise my consciousness?

Lately I've been trying to raise my cosmic consciousness, intuition, and connectedness through meditation and self hypnosis tapes. The problem is that when I actually feel something starting to happen (like a "lifting up" sensation) I get anxiety in my chest/stomach and it brings me back down. How can I overcome that fear? I'm fairly new to all this so any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Raising the level of consciousness takes time, it is an ongoing process which takes years. You shouldn't fear if there is any sensation just ignore the experiences and continue with your practices.

You can try Free guided meditation at


There are also many resources under FAQ section


You can also try meditations based upon powerful mantra's.


Hope you will be able to manage your stress.  (+ info)

What is this I hear about Transcendental Meditation and higher states of consciousness?

I have heard there is something called cosmic consciousness and unified consciousness. What does this mean? Does anyone know?

Yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi not only revived the effortless, effective technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM.org), he also made clear what was possible for human life according to the ancient Vedic Tradition and according to the great sages who lived and are living these higher states of consciousness in their daily life. Before Maharishi there was much confusion about what higher states of consciousness were. He demonstrated how practical and desirable they were for everyone.

We are all familiar with sleeping state of consciousness, the dream state of consciousness and the waking state of consciousness. There is a 4th state of consciousness, Transcendental Consciousness which The Transcendental Meditation Technique has made possible for everyone to experience and which has been verified by brain wave (EEG) research.

When Transcendental Consciousness is experienced as a permanent, all time, 24 hour reality, underlying the other three states of Consciousness, then this is called Cosmic Consciousness. In Cosmic Consciousness the ego has been liberated and is identified with the Unified Field which is the basis of everything in creation. This 5th state of Consciousness can be identified by modern science in specific individuals as it has a unique brain wave (EEG) signature.

There is a 6th state which is sometimes called Refined Cosmic Consciousness. In this state all the senses of percpetion become very refined, and enlivened, and are able to directly perceive levels of creation that most people are not able to perceive.

When the most basic, most fundamental and most subtle basis of life, the Unified Field can be directly perceived as an all time reality, this is called Unity Consciousness - the seventh state of consciousness.

None of these states of consciousness has anything to do with a "mood". There are real, permanent unique styles of functioning of the human nervous system in higher states of consciousness. As modern science develops, it will increasingly reveal the wonderful, great, reality that is the birthright of every human being. What used to be thought impossible for human life has now come within reach.

For more specific descriptions of these higher states of consciousness, please read the books written by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi listed below. If you want to start experiencing these higher states yourself, go to TM.org and contact the certified TM Teacher closest to you.  (+ info)

What are some ailments and disorders that involve the human body's nervous system?

I would like to know what disorders/ailments affect the nervous system for a biology project, and I figured this was the best place to go.

I have autoimmune pernicious anaemia (unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive system) which affects the nervous system as B12 is essential to maintain the myelin sheath around the nerves. If undiagnosed, it can lead to permanent paralysis, be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease (and cause permanent Alzhemier's disease if not diagnosed in time) and MS and is fatal without treatment. Misdiagnosis is common as lab levels are far too low. I have nerve damage in my finger still from being misdiagnosed. I had to diagnose myself.

Pernicious Anaemia:

http://www.drdach.com/B12_Jeffrey_Dach_drdach.html  (+ info)

What are the odds of my children inheriting these disorders?

My fiance and I were in the process of planning our wedding, when he told me his father and aunt have a seizure disorder; presumably from his paternal grandmother, because his father and aunt have different fathers. Now, my fiance also has an aunt (on his mother's side) that has Downs Syndrome. I am concerned about possibly passing something onto my future children. What are the odds of my children inheriting one or both of these disorders?

Down Syndrome isn't something that is inherited, and seizure disorders rarely are. So very low.

If you really are concerned you could talk with a geneticist. But as far as I can tell, there probably is no need to.  (+ info)

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders linking to depression?

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders or is there anything else better that u would recommend that would not put me to sleep. Ive feared social things, going back to school, getting a job and getting infront of people all my life Just wondering wondering if there is something that would help me have a productive life that would help my anxiety? I want even go into a store by myself I panic. Ive always been more to myself because of it no very social.

It works pretty damn good for me. I really don't feel sleepy at all just better.

It's more like your relaxed now that you don't have anxiety. It was a change for me because I couldn't think of a time where I was not panicky except when I was a little kid.

I started taking zoloft for anxiety/depression going on 2 months now.
I started at 25mg and am now at 100 mg, and I think I'm staying at 100.

It is truly amazing for anxiety. Anxiety has made me miserable, but not anymore.

I haven't had a panic attack in about a month now, and let me tell you it is great. I can go out in public now without a problem, Heart palpitations from anxiety are gone, and it also helps with my obsessive compulsiveness.

Good luck, you won't regret it!  (+ info)

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