Month: September 2017

Chronic Stress and Anxiety can Damage Brain

Originally found on https://www.belmarrahealth.com/brain-damage-likely-from-chronic-stress-and-anxiety-study/ Based on the results of an analytical study, scientists from the Rotman Research Institute, a division of Baycrest Health Sciences, caution people that chronic stress and anxiety may lead to an increased risk of developing depression, and even dementia. So what exactly is chronic stress? Anxiety, fear, and stress are common emotions…

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Scientists discover ways to increase efficiency in neurofeedback training paradigm

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170729/Scientists-discover-ways-to-increase-efficiency-in-neurofeedback-training-paradigm.aspx Researchers from the HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making and the Control of Complex Systems Laboratory (Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences) have conducted a series of experiments to uncover what a person actually controls when they are tasked with independently affecting the activity of their own…

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Insomnia Patients show Altered Activity in Brain

Originally found on https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019162505.htm Specific brain regions, including those involved in awareness of self and tendency to ruminate, show altered activity in patients with insomnia when compared to good sleepers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published this week in the journal SLEEP. In what is the largest…

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Depression affects the brains of males and females differently

Originally found on https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711085522.htm When researchers in the UK exposed depressed adolescents to happy or sad words and imaged their brains, they found that depression has different effects on the brain activity of male and female patients in certain brain regions. The findings suggest that adolescent girls and boys might experience depression differently and that sex-specific…

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Neurofeedback holds potential to treat people suffering from treatment-resistant depression

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170904/Study-Neurofeedback-holds-potential-to-treat-people-suffering-from-treatment-resistant-depression.aspx A small pilot study has indicated that neurofeedback – where patients concentrate on modifying their own brainwave patterns – has potential to treat many of the 100m people worldwide who suffer from Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). This is the first time that neurofeedback has been shown to improve both individual symptoms and overall…

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Mental Health in Older Adults

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/older-adults-and-mental-health/index.shtml It’s just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease,…

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Understanding Depression

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-what-you-need-to-know/index.shtml#pub2 Sadness is something we all experience. It is a normal reaction to difficult times in life and usually passes with a little time. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him…

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Why Is Sleep Important?

Originally found on https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why Why Is Sleep Important? Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while…

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