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How Learning And Memory Happen In your Head

Why is it that I can remember the words to some random song that was popular decades ago, but I can never remember what the article said about the foods with the most pesticides that I just read yesterday and a dozen times before that? Memory is a strange thing. How Something Gets Filed In[...]

Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease

Depression has grown to epidemic proportions. In 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. According To the CDC, about one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. For more startling[...]

Help Depression By Healing Your Limbic System

Your limbic system is an ancient collection of brain structures located deep within the brain. The limbic system is the emotional part of your brain and processes your sense of smell, stores highly charged emotional memories, and affects all sleep and appetite cycles, moods, sexuality and bonding. Depression is primarily a result of poor communication[...]

How The Chemicals In Your Head Contribute To Depression

Depression isn’t clearly understood in the same way as many other brain disorders. We know what the symptoms are, and a diagnosis is made based on a person displaying a collection of these. There’s no blood test or brain scan that can definitively make a diagnosis — only a mental health professional can do that.[...]

How A Bad Mood Can Be Good For You (and how to get over it)

Not all good moods are good for you. Seriously. There are actually circumstances under which happiness can be unhealthy.  Similarly, bad moods aren’t all bad. Being a grump for no good reason — and with good reason — happens to all of us. It’s a normal part of being human. The internet is full of[...]

How Yoga Eases Depression and Stress

I have a confession to make. I’m a “yogaholic.” I’m literally addicted to yoga. If I go too long in between classes, which is like three whole days for me, my mind and body crave it. After class, when one of us leaves our water bottle in the dressing room or flubs our words, we[...]

Serotonin’s Role in Depression and Willpower (and how to make more)

Serotonin is a neurochemical that does so many different things in your body that it’s really tough to nail down its function precisely. Your brain’s prefrontal cortex, which primarily controls your personality and executive functioning, relies heavily on serotonin. Your overall mood is greatly influenced by this neurochemical and like Goldilocks, levels need to be[...]

The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think

Science has confirmed, without a doubt, that your brain is shaped by your life. Your experiences, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings literally, physically change the form and function of your brain, a concept known as neuroplasticity, from the day you’re born until the day you die. We all come into this world with the same basic[...]

Brain Healthy Tips From The Cat

It occurred to me the other day, that my cats demonstrate impeccable brain health etiquette. Well, not so much the laying around all day, every day part. OK. Let’s suffice to say that the cats collectively exhibit some behaviors that are indicative of good brain health, some of the time. In any event, they always[...]