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The Giant Pink Rabbit On Top Of An Italian Mountain

The title may raise some eyebrows but this so called rabbit really is on top of an Italian mountain just above the town of Artesina, Piedmonte region of Northern Italy. Its 200-feet long, 20 feet high and was knitted by a group of artists for over five years. They named this giant fluff, Hase; a sticky – none boring twist of syllables from the word “Hare.”

For those who cannot travel to the northern regions of the Italian Alps. You can always search this pink rabbit on Google Earth and it will directly lead you to the mountain where it lays on.

The artists and their vision

The gigantic plush toy was created by Gelitin. A group of artists comprised of four members; namely Tobias Urban, Wolfgang Gantner, Florian Reither and Ali Janka from Vienna, Austria. The four met during a summer camp in 1978 and worked together since. They launched their first exhibit in 1993.

The artists wanted to create that surreal feeling of being tiny while in the midst of this huge stuffed bunny. Mimicking the adventures of Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale, Gulliver’s Travel – from where the Lilliputians felt so powerless and insignificant the moment Lemuel Gulliver arrived in Lilliput.

The giant pink rabbit is mostly made of wool and straw. No one really knows how many people it took to make this enormous toy but because of none stop speculations – a legend rose from all the queries. It was said that more than a dozen grannies helped the artists knit this mammoth-like masterpiece.

Getting to know the rabbit

Hase is not the average stuffed rabbit. If you zoom in using Google Earth his ears look like parts of them were bitten off, one eye almost plucked out, his sort of organs are bursting from the lower left side of his body, and there is that certain look of fright on his face.  The image seems like this four legged creature was originally made for a villainous and creepy mascot on the videogame Friday Nights at Freddy’ and because of how he looks, Hase closely resembles to an animal that was ran over by a vehicle on the road.

It is estimated that the hulking hare will stay on the hilltop for at least twenty (20) years since it was made in 2005 and will then be left to rot.  Despite his grim description, Hase still attracts many tourists from all parts of the globe. People take the long hike just to lie on his belly or to take pictures beside his exposed intestines.  

The Weather and the Grannies

As any other toy owned by a child, the rabbit does have signs of wear and tear. However, these signs of depletion were not caused by the people climbing on top of him or by the ones continuously taking pictures for memorabilia. But are really caused by the changing weather…which is quite understandable if you were a colossal plush toy laying on top of a mountain.

Why did Gelitin make Hase?

No one really knows for sure why Gelitin created Hase but according to the legend they helped spread, the one dozen grannies who knitted this magnificent sculpture was a symbolic way for the artists to show the world that each thread sewn into this toy was a sign of their love and is supposed to bring joy to anyone every time they are around or on top of him. Besides the secretiveness of the origin of their idea, the real measurement of the plush toy is also not known. Everything is just an estimate on how big it is based on the images provided.

 

 

References:

“Giant Pink Bunny in Italy (5 Photos).” TheCHIVE RSS. The CHIVE, 27 Feb. 2009. Web. 24 Mar. 2015. <http://thechive.com/2009/02/27/giant-pink-bunny-in-italy-5-photos/>.

Stephen, Bijan. “This Creepy 200-Foot Stuffed Rabbit Is Decaying Atop an Italian Mountain.”  Time, 9 May 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2015. &lt;http://time.com/94632/this-creepy-200-foot-stuffed-rabbit-is-decaying-atop-an-italian-mountain/&gt;.

“Biography.” . Gelitin. Web. 24 Mar. 2015. &lt;http://www.gelitin.net/pages/biography&gt;.

“Gelitin – Gagosian Gallery.” Gelitin – Gagosian Gallery. Gagosian Gallery. Web. 24 Mar. 2015. <http://www.gagosian.com/artists/gelitin/>.

 

Your Chair Can Kill You

Your chair can kill you!

Yes, it is possible to have premature death by chair. Many might be confused with what this information holds but there are many ways of how you put yourself in danger through this usual inanimate object that we find in our house, offices, parks, favorite cafes, and any other places we like to rest our bums on.

According to a study found on the website of the American Academy of Family Physicians (www.aafp.org). Prolonged periods of sitting increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even death. These facts are compared to individuals who exercise regularly than those who do not or only work out every once in a while. In addition, the fast growing technological advances do not help either with our capability to exert more effort on physical activities. Cable TV, spending too much time on the computer, or commuting can already be categorized as having a sedentary lifestyle that can lead to obesity. However, the problem of having this type of lifestyle can be prevented. Even if it might not seem much, taking one to three minute breaks of standing per 30 minutes of sitting can already burn 0.7 calories in 60 seconds. Mathematically this might seem small but if summed up, it can lead to 50 calories burnt in an hour. Lastly, a person can also combine working out with watching television to distract himself from the thought of exercising. Ideally, it is recommended to have at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week in order to decrease the risk of serious diseases related to inactivity.

For some, the demand of continuous standing especially at work might be impossible. But tiny bits of adjustment such as, walking to the fax machine or standing up to talk to a client personally or on the telephone can already contribute to lesser problems brought about by prolonged sitting. Being creative is extremely important in managing ones health. So take your time and be very conscious about what you do everyday because you will never know that you’re already damaging your body.

References: Crawford, Chris. “Prolonged Sitting Linked to Serious Health Risks, Death.” — AAFP News. American Academy of Family Physicians, 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. “How Much Better Is Standing up than Sitting?” BBC News. BBC News Magazine, 16 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

Diagnosing Charlie Baileygates

Charlie Baileygates

Me, Myself, and Irene, the film starring Jim Carrey and Renee Zellwegger. Where Jim Carrey is diagnosed with “Split Personality Disorder with extreme anger” or in a more scientific term, Advanced Delusionary Schizophrenia with Narcissistic Rage.  The film was quite funny, it showed a gentle none confronting Charlie Baileygates (Jim Carrey) who turns into a violent/extremely confrontational Hank Evans (also played by Jim Carrey) every time he is under a lot of stress or if he hasn’t taken his medication.

A background on Charlie and Hank

Charlie was abandoned by his wife for another man, leaving him with only a house and their three kids. As the movie progresses you will see Charlie becoming the town’s fool. He was continuously pushed around by his neighbors and friends because he doesn’t know how to stand up for himself.  However, when he finally had enough of this treatment… Hank came out.

The plot was entertaining and makes a person think if having two very different people in one mind and body is possible.

Is Advanced Delusionary Schizophrenia with Narcissistic Rage real?

Advanced Delusionary Schizophrenia with Narcissistic Rage does not exist.

The movie caused a misleading diagnosis between two different mental disorders. The real diagnosis for such mental illnesses that Jim Carrey’s character played, are Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder both classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fifth Edition (DSM-V) published by the American Psychiatric Association.

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is described by the American Psychiatric Association as a chronic brain disorder with symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, inability to concentrate and think, and lack of motivation. The subtypes (paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, residual, and undifferentiated) that were originally used for diagnostic purposes of schizophrenia on the DSM-IV but have been eliminated due to its unreliability in distinguishing different types of delusions. This change also brought great impact to the catatonic subtype that was most influential in determining Schizophrenia.

Elimination of Catatonic Specifier as a subtype

Catatonia is probably the most renowned symptom of schizophrenia used for diagnosis. However, this is not being used in DSM-V anymore. The reason for the elimination of catatonic symptoms is because of its very broad spectrum of usability as a specifier for depressive, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders. But, even with the existence of catatonic tendencies on other mental disorders (depressive, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders) it does not automatically mean the person affected is schizophrenic. Thus, the development of criterions for catatonia: Catatonic Disorder from Another Medical Condition and Other Specified Catatonic Disorder. 

Catatonic Medical Disorder from Another Medical Condition and Other Specified Catatonic Disorder

Catatonic Disorder from Another Medical Condition is the occurrence of catatonia rising from several medical conditions such as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), Encephalitis, Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus, and Acute Psychosis. Diagnostic blood tests to rule out this form of catatonia includes Complete Blood Count (CBC), Electrolyte Concentration Studies, Blood Chemical Analyses, Fibrin D-dimer, Serum Creatine Kinase level, Liver function  tests, Serum Ceruloplasmin level. And imaging tests to rule out treatable diseases are Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Single-photon Emission CT (SPECT), Positron emission tomography (PET) with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and Electroencephalography (EEG). Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent catatonic symptoms if its cause is due to another illness. While, Other Specified Catatonic Disorder is used by the physician if s/he is still uncertain of the cause of catatonia. It might be due to depression, bipolar disorder, and psychotic, and medical conditions.

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders:Fifth edition. It requires at least three to twelve catatonic symptoms of all four possible causes of catatonia in depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, and medical condition to be diagnosed as schizophrenia.

Diagnosis of Schizophrenia without Catatonia

Under DSM-V at least two of the five symptoms are required for diagnosing schizophrenia.

Five symptoms:

  1. Delusions
  2. Hallucinations
  3. Disorganized speech
  4. Disorganized behavior
  5. Signs of negative symptoms
  • Flat affect
  • Lack of pleasure in everyday life
  • Lack of ability to begin and maintain activities planned for the day
  • Decreased ability to respond to conversations even when forced to do so.

Treatment of Schizophrenia

There is no known cure for schizophrenia, but preventive treatments are available to lessen its intensity and frequency.  Anti-psychotic medications, psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, and family therapy may help the patient function normally in everyday life.

Then again, schizophrenia might also arise from abusing drugs and other substances that can alter the biochemical components of the brain; which can mimic symptoms of schizophrenia. Therefore, it is important that this possibility might be ruled out by the attending physician before referring the individual to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Hank Evans: The Sort of Bad Guy

Who really is Hank?

Now that we have established the criteria for diagnosing Schizophrenia, we shall now proceed to the infamous Hank Evans. The narcissistic, arrogant, and very angry personality of Charlie Baileygates.

Hank was the suppressed side of Charlie. The one who took the blow when his gentle counterpart did not show any emotion when his wife left him, when the neighbor’s dog used his lawn as its new toilet, or when the guys in the barbershop used him as a valet. After seeing how Charlie was being taken advantage of…Hank finally decided to come out, refuse to stay in the corner and stand up for the both of them,

Does Charlie know Hank?

This is the most intriguing part of the film – the part where Charlie suddenly becomes Hank without him knowing about it.

The medical diagnosis for this condition is Dissociative Identity Disorder or commonly called as Multiple Personality Disorder. Where a person’s own psyche separates himself from his own memories, thoughts, emotions, actions, and even his own identity.

Why is there a separation of our own personality?

We normally experience mild forms of dissociation in our everyday life. Daydreaming or even being too engrossed and hyper-focused in projects we need to submit the next morning can be both considered as a mild form of D.I.D. However, in Charlie’s case – Hank came out because of the emotional trauma he experienced from his wife leaving, the abuse he took from the people around him, and his own inability to cope and express his emotions. Resulting to Charlie unknowingly creating Hank

Dissociative Identity Disorder is brought about by the brain’s ability to protect itself from any traumatic or violent experiences the individual is incapable of handling.

Can someone have two or more personalities?

Yes, a person may have two or more personalities based on how the his/her conscious mind interprets the trauma s/he experienced.

According to an article on the Cleveland Clinic website, a person who experienced repeated trauma can create multiple personalities that is commonly referred to as “alters.” The personalities developed create their own personal history, own distinct traits, and their own reaction to things surrounding them.

The one affected by this disorder usually does not have any awareness of what an alter has done every time it becomes dominant. Creating a chaotic lifestyle with a possibility of putting themselves in danger due to the dominance of one or more personalities.

What are the symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Physical symptoms experienced:

  • Severe headaches
  • Pain experienced in other areas of the body
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Functioning level changes: from high effectivity to almost disabled
  • Unexplained changes in eating
  • Changes in sleeping patterns

Mental symptoms experienced:

  • Anxiety, nervousness, or panic attacks
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • The feeling of not knowing what has happened (Episodes of amnesia)
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

Abuse and addiction

  • Self – injury
  • Suicide attempts
  • Drug abuse
  • Other types of substance abuse

Diagnosing Dissociative Identity Disorder

The most common symptom that encourages a person affected by D.I.D to seek help are the times where he does not remember “what happened.”

However, before it may be considered as Dissociative Identity Disorder a complete evaluation of the person’s medical history and physical assessment is needed. Even though there are no specific laboratory tests for this mental disorder – ruling out bacterial or viral infections of the brain, malignant or benign brain tumor, drug or alcohol intoxication, sleep deprivation, and the possibility of a head trauma can help determine if what the individual is experiencing is either a physical or mental disorder.

If physical illness is ruled out, a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist who are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat different types of mental disorders can be done.

Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder

  1. Cognitive Therapy – Defusing extremely negative and stressful thoughts before they may become distorted and exaggerated can help prevent triggering an alter to become more dominant than the conscious mind.
  1. Psychotherapy – Encouraging the affected individual to “talk it out.” Giving him the ability to express himself without judgment about the way the traumatic experience makes him feel.
  1.  Family Therapy – Educating the family of the person with Dissociative Identity Disorder and the impact of this condition to his individual self and his behavior in societal situations and how it may change the family dynamics. This kind of therapy will also assist families in determining recurrence of symptoms every time an alter becomes dominant.
  1. Art and Music Therapy – The creative expression of the patient’s thoughts and feelings.
  1. Clinical Hypnosis – A unique way of relaxation and exploration of the person’s subconscious and conscious mind to provide more awareness on what his feelings and memories are about the trauma he experienced.

So was it Schizophrenia or DID?

At the end of Me, Myself, and Irene – Charlie declared that Hank can no longer stay in his conscious mind. Which was a symbolic way of confronting any types of fear and emotional stress Charlie might experience in the future.

Jim Carrey’s character had Dissociative Identity Disorder, often mistaken by majority of the population as Schizophrenia. There were no indications that he ever did suffer from the wrong diagnosis especially when if it is based it on the symptoms he was exhibiting in the movie.

 

References:

“Schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia. American Psychiatric Association. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/schizophrenia>.

Zupanick, C.E. “The New DSM-5: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders – DSM-5.” The New DSM-5: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders – DSM-5. Aroostook Mental Health Center. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.amhc.org/1418-dsm-5/article/51960-the-new-dsm-5-schizophrenia-spectrum-and-other-psychotic-disorders>.

Brassic, James Robert. “Catatonia .” Catatonia. Medscape, 27 July 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1154851-overview>.

“Schizophrenia.” NIMH RSS. National Institute of Mental Health. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/schizophrenia/index.shtml>.

“Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder): Signs, Symptoms, Treatment.” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/dissociative-identity-disorder-multiple-personality-disorder>.

“Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder).” Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <https://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/neurological_institute/center-for-behavorial-health/disease-conditions/hic-dissociative-identity-disorder>.

 

 

 

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