The American Academy of Pediatrics issued an update to its guidelines this week calling for universal screening for depression in adolescents “in an era of great clinical need and shortage of mental health specialists.”
Schizophrenia is a devastating and complex disease that can include a variety of specific clinical conditions. Drugs to treat schizophrenia have not advanced much beyond the 1960s; in many cases they are not very effective, and they have severe side-effects. The problem is that the cause of schizophrenia is unknown, and precisely how the drugs affect brain circuitry is also unknown.
Fish has long been called “brain food” due to its beneficial effects on cognition. But it’s not the only type of grub that’s great for your noggin. “For brain health, you want foods that keep your weight down, control blood sugar and improve your vascular system,” says Dr. Steven Platt, a La Jolla, Calif.-based ophthalmologist and board-certified integrative holistic medicine practitioner. “Fortunately, there are foods that help to do all of those things.”
Here are 10 of the best, according to Platt and other experts:
Sugar may be bad not only for your teeth and your waistline, but also your mental health, claimed a study Thursday that was met with skepticism by other experts.
Researchers at University College London (UCL) compared the reported sugar intake of more than 8,000 people in a long-term British study, to their mood.
The study participants, civil servants, were monitored from 1985-1988, and filled out a questionnaire every few years thereafter.
Do you find deep breathing exercises failing in your stress reduction? If so, try to substitute them with sex. Did you know that when you have sex your body producesdopamine, a substance that fights stress hormones, endorphins, also called ‘happiness hormones’ and oxytocin, a ‘sex-drive hormone’ secreted by the pituitary gland?
An active compound found in the cannabis plant called tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, has recently been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to be precursors to Alzheimer’s disease.
These findings support the results of previous studies, which found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with the neurodegenerative disease.
According to senior paper author David Schubert, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, “Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”
What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
health freedom alliance, 9 May 2016
If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, or otherwise mentally fragile, you’re not alone
Brigham Young University, 11-Mar-2015
Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they'll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly.
University of Eastern Finland, 13-Jan-2015
Women aged 60-70 who are satisfied with their lives have a higher bone density and they suffer from osteoporosis less frequently than their unsatisfied peers, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland.
Lori Alton, March 20, 2016
It’s a topic that has many of her fellow psychiatrists squirming, but Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D., did not anticipate the cold reception she received from major media with the launch of her new book, “A Mind of Your Own.”