Month: July 2017

15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms

Originally found on https://psychcentral.com/lib/15-small-steps-you-can-take-today-to-improve-anxiety-symptoms/ “Anxiety is a normal, predictable part of life,” said Tom Corboy, MFT, the founder and executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and co-author of the upcoming book The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD. However, “people with an anxiety disorder are essentially phobic about the feeling state of anxiety.” And they’ll go to great…

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How Sleep Helps Clean Your Brain

Originally found on http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-sleep-helps-clean-your-brain.html In addition to the many other health benefits of sleep, it’s been shown sleep plays a role in detoxifying your brain. Researchers believe this may be one of the primary reasons why we need to sleep. Read on to find out why this is important for your health and how you can improve…

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More Evidence Aerobic Exercise Improves Brain Functioning

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/more-evidence-aerobic-exercise-improves-brain-functioning/ Research suggesting that aerobic exercise improves mood and brain functioning continues to mount. One recent study found that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill for 10 consecutive days could lead to a clinically significant improvement in mood. This study was among many that were reviewed in a recent article in Science…

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Analyzing brain patterns may help scientists increase people’s confidence, reduce fear

Originally found on http://www.brainsinternational.com/index.cfm/blog/fmri-neurofeedback-used-to-increase-confidence-and-decrease-fear/ What does confidence look like in the brain? Is it possible to directly train confidence? Researchers at UCLA investigated the use of fMRI neurofeedback to increase confidence and decrease fear. Researchers decoded intricate patterns of brain activity associated with confidence and fear. Neurofeedback was then used to reward the brain activity patterns,…

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Brain-imaging technique helps people control emotions using amygdala feedback

Originally found on http://newatlas.com/brain-imaging-amygdala-neurofeedback/45373/ Although stress-related disorders can be treated with medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines, unwanted side effects and the risk of dependency make them more ideal for patients that don’t respond to other available treatments. One such treatment is neurofeedback, a process that uses an auditory or visual…

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