B.E.A.M is a new treatment only available since 2007. Since it has only been done on 84 patients to date, people have many questions about it. Here are some of the questions documented in Dr. Mackliff’s book, Schizophrenia and Parkinsons Surgery, 2016. (English)
What are the best cases for B.E.A.M?
All cases of schizophrenia are benefited from the disappearance of both negative and positive symptoms, but the most spectacular are the catatonic schizophrenics and those with high level of apathy, hallucinations, aggressiveness, which start to disappear from the first days after the operation .
Most Ecuadorian and foreign patients seeking operations are chronic, with more than ten years of schizophrenia or Parkinson and a long history of internment in the first.
These patients with the help of antipsychotics and B.E.A.M have obtained a formidable elimination of positive and negative symptoms as well as a better quality of life that is not possible with antipsychotics alone.
In our experience, patients with one to three years of schizophrenia (between 14 and 18) have a spectacular improve in about 3-6 months after the operation. These cases correspond to 10% of the cases submitted to B.E.A.M, since most come to be operated when they are fully impaired, however obtaining the elimination of symptoms.
The schizophrenic patients that suffer with systematized delirium are improved in negative and positive symptoms, but they need at least one year for the delirium to disappear; meanwhile the patient can work or do any activity.
Every case that has undergone B.E.A.M is unique and living in homes with features and different environments which can impact positively or negatively on the operated patient.
Can B.E.A.M change the behavior exhibited before the onset of schizophrenia?
The behavior is a biological sample of stable modes of action, affected by natural evolution, protected and perpetuated by genetics.
B.E.A.M only produces changes in the schizophrenic behavior.
Can B.E.A.M change the premorbid behavior of the person with schizophrenia?
The personality can also be defined as a set of attitudes, thoughts, feelings and behavior that characterizes a normal person with some persistence and stability throughout their life.
B.E.A.M cannot change the characteristics of the permanent disorder of personality presented before the operation B.E.A.M; B.E.A.M only changes the thoughts, feelings and abnormal behavior of schizophrenia.
May B.E.A.M cure hyper sexual eroticism or aversion to sexual desire which can occur in a schizophrenic patient before surgery?
The answer is no.
Can B.E.A.M eliminate symptoms of anorexia or bulimia on a patient before the onset of schizophrenia?
We have not had this case, however, in patients with anorexia were detected high levels of serotonin and antidepressants which may worsen the future of these cases.
Can B.E.A.M eliminate aggression?
The Aggression and violence is the type of aggression beyond what is natural. May be devastating against those around us or directly to us when we are not able to solve a problem and have fallen into despair. Then we generate terrible wrath that is not properly channeled which can be destructive, influence the behavior of other people and cause physical harm to the victims.
B.E.A.M regulates the relationship between feelings of hostility and the expression of aggression.
The schizophrenics have inadequate management of feelings of hostility and the expression of aggression. The feelings of hostility are: guilt-resentment-suspected-irritability-negativism. This type of aggression is eliminated through B.E.A.M.
Does the B.E.A.M operation eliminate addiction?
In those cases where patients are using other drugs such as cocaine or marijuana before suffering from schizophrenia, additional control was needed after the operation.
All schizophrenic patients without impairment syndrome or high level of apathy, are exposed to drug use; but those using drugs as a result of schizophrenia enjoyed the elimination of addictive behaviors.
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