In: brain function

Antidepressants Help You Focus on the Positive
September 14, 2013

I am always interested in articles that help us understand how medications work, and perhaps how the brain functions in different…

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Hormones and Food
September 13, 2013

In an earlier post we talked about some of the research on appetite. We reviewed some of the peptide hormones that…

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Dual Treatment: Medications and Therapy Work Together to Treat Depression
September 10, 2013

A review in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that there may be a clear biological explanation of how medications and…

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Therapy or Medications for Depression?
September 7, 2013

A new study published in the most prestigious psychiatric journal (JAMA Psychiatry – see reference below) strongly suggests that a brain…

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Brain Scan Diagnosis?
August 30, 2013

A newly developed brain scanning method that measures blood flow to different parts of the brain may help to distinguish between…

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Childhood Trauma – Brain Effects
August 30, 2013

Experiencing trauma in childhood is associated with changes in the brain during teenage years, according to a study of 117 adolescents…

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Hunger Regulation
August 29, 2013

Recently several folks have asked us questions about diet, hunger, weight gain, and nutrition. Certainly for many people with depression, gaining…

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August 20, 2013

If you are a ginseng believer, then ginseng is the one supplement that all of us should be taking. Russian scientist…

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Memory, Stress and Aging
August 20, 2013

Many older people are concerned about impaired memory, and the relationship between memory, stress, and aging can be difficult to untangle….

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Emotion Regulation and Bipolar
August 18, 2013

Researchers from the University of Mannheim investigated brain activity in people at increased risk of bipolar disorder to see if there…

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Life Energy
August 13, 2013

Freud came up with the term libido to describe the sum of all the human instincts related to love. In his…

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Mood and the Brain’s Clock
August 12, 2013

As we slowly move from summer to fall, it may be timely that the issue of Biological Psychiatry that arrived in…

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Selective Attention
August 8, 2013

One morning, while I was riding a bike, I got to thinking about how mood affects attention and how that, in…

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Depressed Mothers and Oxytocin
July 16, 2013

Oxytocin is often brought up in conversations about childbirth. After childbirth, new mothers normally experience surges of oxytocin that increase feelings…

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Brain Power
July 12, 2013

Problems with memory are common for people with depression (and the rest of us, as we age, as well). Although the…

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Coming Home
May 26, 2013

Where does the mind go when it is not occupied by the worries, frustration, and anxiety? Does it go to a…

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The Big Fight
April 25, 2013

How is it that so many couples end up having knock down, drag out fights?  How can seemingly rational people end…

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Stress and Your Brain
April 21, 2013

Stress has a major affect on our bodies and our brain. The release of catecholamines (adrenaline and related chemicals) and cortisol…

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Nature’s Cycles
March 30, 2013

It should be raining. It is March in the San Francisco Bay area, and we have had hardly any rain for…

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March 18, 2013

What do small sticks used to start a fire have to do with bipolar moods? Not much… Kindling in the context…

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