T

he casino didn’t always call out to Denise Miley.

At most, she and her husband, Brad, would drive over to the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, just outside Minneapolis, a few times a year.

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  • Probably.
    Freud thought Schizophrenia involved at least 2 things happening concurrently: 1. alterations in the libidinal economy, and 2. regression to earlier stages of psycho-sexual development.

    i.e. Even if you fixed the libidinal economy, you’d still have problem 2.

    • i.e. These behaviors (uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex) are not inconsistent with the theory of schizophrenia as implicating some psycho-sexual regression to the Narcissistic stage or Auto-Erotic stage.

      Or, alternatively – lowering dopamine in the mesolimbic pathway makes the Recipient of that pathway (the Id?) that much more hungry for Dopamine hits.

  • This is the same kind of distraction, that created the “Opiate Epidemic.” A drug created and marketed for Schizophrenia, strategically marketed for just about anything else. Compulsive Gambling is attention getting, and many of those effected are still alive. There are quantifiable damages too, such as the loss of their lives savings. Interestingly enough, not much evidence this drug was beneficial for Schizophrenia, or the myriad other conditions it was prescribed for. Older people, already taking multiple medications, troublesome nursing home residents, and any random depressive disorder, and even drug addiction. The Stuff does not have to work, it just can’t be too deadly. This Pharma product was heavily marketed on TV, Magazines, and the Internet.
    The facts took an awful long time to catch up. Note that this drug is only getting attention now, due to weaponized marketing of the Class Action Suit. This drug has also been indicated in patient deaths, but that research could interfere with profitability. The FDA allowed Pharma Industry Insiders to push this drug, through deceptive advertising, for Off Label Use. Who knew industry funded “research’ would claim a drug was safe and effective. Schizophrenics are crazy anyway, so their reported side effects, would not be tracked. Many of the prescribers are not even Physicians anyway.
    The Casinos are full of older people gambling away their life savings, or hoping to supplement their meager Social Security checks, with a Jackpot. People who in their younger days, would never have considered gambling are left with nowhere else to go. They even run shuttle buses from Senior Centers. This is an excellent example of cross marketing, profiteering and the corruption of our regulatory agencies by industry. At least the casinos give out free meal vouchers to regular players on occasion, so we don’t have to worry about hungry seniors anymore either.

    Dead men tell no tales.

    • Many of the prescribers weren’t physicians? Physicians are the only people who can prescribe medications.

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