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Kunga Dorji
12-04-13, 08:40 AM
one thing that leaves me skeptical about animal studies with mental illness

animals dont possess top down emotional drive, they are driven by instinct and learned behavior

most mental illness is an issues of top down emotional problems

Mental illness, in other words, is an emergent phenomenon of the Mind-- of consciousness.

However- I have seen plenty of neurotic pets-- including our own dog-- who was bitten on the muzzle by a Jack Russell when he was 9 months old. He has ended up being terribly conflicted about playing with strange dogs-- he would like to- but is always on guard.

That, to me is an example of "mental illness" in an animal.

Hmm- my name change has just come through.

daveddd
12-04-13, 01:31 PM
Mental illness, in other words, is an emergent phenomenon of the Mind-- of consciousness.

However- I have seen plenty of neurotic pets-- including our own dog-- who was bitten on the muzzle by a Jack Russell when he was 9 months old. He has ended up being terribly conflicted about playing with strange dogs-- he would like to- but is always on guard.

That, to me is an example of "mental illness" in an animal.

Hmm- my name change has just come through.

My beagle is neurotic or ADHD


I think when they bred the super smelling in they gave them hyperarousal all around

SB_UK
12-04-13, 03:05 PM
My beagle is neurotic or ADHD


I think when they bred the super smelling in they gave them hyperarousal all around

They have this book in our local kiddy neurodevelopmental disorder thingy clinic.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sWsV36aCL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_.jpg

Oh my!!

I did not know this.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DNS37PlzL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_.jpg

hmmm ... ... dogs are pack animals (social) and cats aren't.
Cats are way more intelligent (malevolently mathematical) than dogs - who're just plain loopy, lazy, generally easy going, love the sun, and a bit smelly.

mildadhd
12-21-13, 05:05 PM
The basic emotional circuits of mammalian brains: do animals have affective lives?

Abstract
The primal affects are intrinsic brain value systems that unconditionally and automatically inform animals how they are faring in survival. They serve an essential function in emotional learning. The positive affects index "comfort zones" that support survival, while negative affects inform animals of circumstances that may impair survival. Affective feelings come in several varieties, including sensory, homeostatic, and emotional (which I focus on here). Primary-process emotional feelings arise from ancient caudal and medial subcortical regions, and were among the first subjective experiences to exist on the face of the earth. Without them, higher forms of conscious "awareness" may not have emerged in primate brain evolution. Because of homologous "instinctual" neural infrastructures, we can utilize animal brain research to reveal the nature of primary-process human affects. Since all vertebrates appear to have some capacity for primal affective feelings, the implications for animal-welfare and how we ethically treat other animals are vast.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21872619