I asked a question which has nothing to do with self help. It was about trying to find medical evidence to corroborate what was told to me by doctor.

Basically I was told that long psychiatric conditions (in this case schizophrenia) resulted in the brain suffering damage due to various reasons but these reasons were not laid out in any detail. I want to know what the clinical evidence is behind these claims and if there is any clinical evidence what parts of the brain are effected.

Here is the question: Brain damage / change in long term psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia

As you can see it clearly isn't a self help question. I added the information about my own condition as a bit of background to the question. The real meat of the question is the last paragraph which spells out what I wanted:

"Being a person who enjoys knowing the facts behind any claims made can anyone provide clinical proof to what my psychiatrist is saying? I have found many academic papers both agreeing with and disagreeing with the statement but finding an agreed upon consensus is difficult. I'm also looking for evidence indicating what effect a schizophrenic relapse has on the brain and the exact degenerative effects that occur."

  • I agree with you and voted to reopen.
    – user3116
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:06
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    I also edited the question and the first answer to remove all self-help references and recommendations.
    – user3116
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:16
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    There are good and bad doctors, and I would always recommend to educate yourself on your illness and question a treatment that appears not to help you. But as a layperson I would never simply treat (or abort a treatment) myself in a case as serious as this. Reading a few papers or asking chance users of questionable expertise on an anonymous forum such as this cannot replace several years of professional experience. If you are worried about your psychiatrist, ask him for a copy of your medical record and ask another psychiatrist for a second opinion.
    – user3116
    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:28

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The original question could definitely be seen as self-help. What's edit fixed that, so I reopened.

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