In: brain

Biological Basis of Depression
February 22, 2017

A recent review article in the American Journal of Psychiatry examines data from many functional neuroimaging studies in order to define…

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Aerobic Exercise Stimulates Neuron Growth
February 19, 2016

Moderate aerobic exercise appears to be the best form of exercise to stimulate neuron growth. One of the great challenges facing…

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Can Junk Food Shrink Your Brain?
November 2, 2015

Did you know that increasing or even maintaining your intake of burgers, fries and soda pop—and pretty much any other hallmark…

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Faith and Depression
March 21, 2015

Depression wears down our sense of trust and faith. Biologically, depression involves activating parts of the brain that search for problems….

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Memory and Cognitive Problems
July 24, 2014

Memory and/or cognitive problems are the rule rather than the exception in people with mood disorders1. There are a number of…

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Be Mindful of Keeping Your Mind Full of Good – Arnrow
June 30, 2014

Experience-dependent neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to learn, adapt, and evolve to not only our experiences, but also, and perhaps…

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Passing on PTSD to Children
February 20, 2014

At a recent scientific meeting, Rachael Yehada showed that traits that are related to posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD can be passed…

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Brain Cell Formation in Older Brains
February 20, 2014

Cell formation. Readers of this blog may recall that we reported last year the discouraging findings from Dr. Pasco Rakic (professor…

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Exercise or Inactivity Changes Your Brain’s Structure and Its Resilience to Stress
January 26, 2014

This past year has been a remarkable year in terms of new studies examining the effects of exercise on your brain….

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Sleep Deep Cleans Your Brain
January 15, 2014

Beep, beep, beep, beep! Snooze……Beep, beep, beep, beep! You open your eyes, roll out of bed and start wondering why you…

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Long Term Antipsychotics – Adverse Effects on Brain?
December 21, 2013

This post is a bit off topic. I have tried to not focus on medication issues in this blog on the…

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Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) May Prevent Alzheimer’s
December 12, 2013

Higher blood levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) appear to protect against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other types of dementia, that…

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PTSD Psychotherapy Affects Gene Activity
November 7, 2013

Mind-body dualism seems alive and well in the land of mental health. I am still surprised how often someone will…

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My Brain Isn’t Working
September 19, 2013

 Difficulties with cognition and focus are almost universal in folks with moods. In the scientific literature there have been attempts to…

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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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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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Stress, Resilience and the Neurobiology of Depression
May 26, 2013

Dr. Eric Nestler, M.D. believes that when it comes to treating depression, we should be doing better.  Less than half of…

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