A recent study found inconsistent evidence linking the neurotransmitter serotonin to depression. In an article for The Conversation, the authors of the study concluded that it is impossible to say that taking SSRI antidepressants is worthwhile. But is it safe to conclude that serotonin is not involved in depression or that modern antidepressants aren’t helpful in treating the condition? [Read more…] about Debunking the “chemical imbalance” theory yet not throwing out the antidepressant baby with the bathwater
In 2005 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) began an initiative to promote an approach to care among its members in which “…the pediatric team works in partnership with a child and a child’s family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.” A critically important focus of this approach is the role of the family and child — as developmentally appropriate — in the development of an overall plan of care.
This shared decision-making approach is especially important for conditions like ADHD where there is not a single treatment that is the most appropriate and preferred option for all patients. However, [Read more…] about Study: Families’ Perspectives on ADHD and its Treatment
Let us highlight a couple of insightful and brief articles in the New York Times and a very powerful analysis in The New York Review of Books; they provide useful clues about Brain Calisthenics, Bilingual Brains, and Debunking Myths on Mental Illness. [Read more…] about In the News: Brain Calisthenics, Bilingual Brains, Debunking Myths on Mental Illness
At some point in their lives, 5 to 12 percent of American men and 10–25 percent of women will suffer an episode of depression, making it the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder today. Unlike normal sadness, which passes with time, depression feels unstoppable and causes people to lose interest in nearly all activities. Because it affects a person’s ability to eat, sleep, work, and function normally, it exacts a huge cost on the economy, estimated at $30 billion dollars annually. The cost in human suffering cannot be measured.
Millions of people diagnosed with depression turn to medication as a treatment, and many of the most popular [Read more…] about Closing the Circuit: Helen Mayberg’s research could revolutionize depression treatment
We often talk about how stress management is as important as cognitive training for brain fitness. We have also seen how traders can improve their performance by learning how to manage emotions of anxiety and fustration.
Golf Digest has just published an article on how golfers can see their game improved thanks to stress management programs. Golf Digest’s Edition includes the article Playing with heart: Pebble Beach’s top teacher wants to chokeproof your game, explaining how Laird Small, director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy and the 2003 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, has been using these programs for a number of years.
Even more interestingly, it also relates how [Read more…] about emWave in Golf Digest