In the past year, the term “grey death” has become a catchphrase used to describe the sudden death of a person whose brain chemistry is abnormally low.
People can be affected by multiple things, but the most common factor is a single drug called whippets.
Whippets are used to treat severe anxiety and depression.
In humans, they work by blocking serotonin receptors in the brain and, over time, the chemical gets released into the bloodstream.
That’s what makes it a grey death.
When a person’s serotonin levels drop, the body’s natural defences start to fail and the brain begins to go into shock.
It’s a process that can last for years and causes permanent brain damage.
Whipperets are also used in some people with Alzheimer’s disease, which makes them more susceptible to the disease.
And it can also lead to the development of schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that affects one in 20 Australians.
Whipset and grey death are not uncommon.
In fact, they’re fairly common.
The latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that in 2015-16, about 1,200 Australians were diagnosed with the disease and there were almost 600 deaths in the first two months of this year alone.
The reason for this is largely unknown.
While it is commonly believed that a person with a disease like schizophrenia will develop symptoms, research suggests this is often a case of a disease developing in response to an underlying problem.
“What we know is that schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are associated with inflammation in the body, and it’s not just about a single substance, it’s about a range of things that are interacting,” said Dr Julie Smith, the Australian Health Sciences Centre’s senior research fellow and an expert on schizophrenia.
“The more that is in the system, the more the inflammation increases and so the brain becomes more susceptible.”
A person can develop the symptoms of schizophrenia from a number of different sources, including an overdose of another drug, an underlying medical condition, an imbalance of the body-system chemistry or just general brain dysfunction.
Some people develop symptoms of a chronic disease like asthma or chronic heart disease or even dementia.
For those who develop symptoms as a result of something like schizophrenia, doctors have suggested taking a medication that blocks the chemicals serotonin and dopamine from reaching the brain.
However, researchers have found that while medication can reduce symptoms, it can have the opposite effect.
In some cases, people may actually develop symptoms after taking medication and then stop taking it.
This may be due to the medication’s effects on the brain, or because the medication is interfering with other aspects of the person’s brain.
There’s even research suggesting that if a person is given a treatment that doesn’t cause a reaction, it could cause the body to produce more toxic substances to try and counteract the harmful effects of the medication.
“If a medication doesn’t have the effect that it’s supposed to have, then it could be triggering the body more to produce toxic substances,” said Smith.
“It could also lead the body into a vicious cycle of production of more toxic chemicals.”
In some ways, grey death is similar to a disease called CFS, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
CFS is a condition in which the body doesn’t feel well or can’t function at normal levels and symptoms include fatigue, mood swings and difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms can also appear after the onset of a heart attack, stroke or other serious injury.
But unlike schizophrenia and CFS it’s unclear how the brain can react to a grey disease, because there are no symptoms.
“This is something that we know can occur, and we know that it has a long-term effect on the body and the body can respond to it in many different ways,” Smith said.
“So it’s something that is a bit like a chronic illness, and you know how they’re different.”
How does it work?
What is a grey die?
Whippet is a chemical that works by blocking the serotonin receptors and, as a consequence, it also blocks the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine.
While most drugs are able to work on serotonin and other neurotransmitter receptors, whippet works in a completely different way.
Whipping up serotonin receptors is a common treatment for depression and anxiety, but in some cases the medication also affects the neurotransmitter GABA.
This means that when someone’s serotonin level drops, the neurotransmission slows and the person begins to feel lethargic, tired and irritable.
Whiptet can also cause other health problems, such as constipation and irritability, and is thought to have a role in the development and progression of schizophrenia.
How to tell if your loved one is suffering from grey death?
The symptoms of grey death can be subtle and they may not be obvious.
But there’s evidence that they may be a sign that the person is at risk of developing schizophrenia or another psychiatric illness.
For example, people with a history of psychosis, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia who