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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

How Talking Tames Depression

When you’ve got a leaky kitchen sink , you call a plumber. When your car’s brakes start making an awful screeching noise, you take it to a mechanic. For almost any job requiring a specialized skill, there’s a professional trained to help. You could try to handle the leaky pipe or car repair on your[...]

How Happy Happens In Your Brain

Your experience of your journey through life boils down to the chemicals in your brain. Happy, sad, mad, anxious, you name it – can all be traced to what’s going on inside your head. Your brain produces a chemical soup which directs your behavior, always instinctually encouraging you to seek pleasure and avoid pain to ensure[...]

Easy Things You Can Do To Get A Happier Brain Right Now

We’ve come a long way in the science of happiness and have a pretty good idea of what happy looks like in your brain these days. It’s now known that what you do in your life every day, because of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change both physical form and function based on[...]

What Depression Looks Like In Your Brain

Fundamentally, a depressed brain looks just like any other brain. In fact, there’s no brain scan, MRI, EEG or any other medical test that can definitively diagnose depression, and it’s not understood in detail like other brain disorders. While we know the neurochemicals involved and many contributing factors, the truth is we really don’t know[...]

Mental Health In The Animal Mind

In 2012 at a conference in England, a group of scientists proclaimed that humans are not the only conscious beings. In The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, they concluded: Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates[...]

Deciding Against Depression

The fog of depression often includes not being able to make even small, everyday decisions — much less big ones — because every option seems wrong, and you feel paralyzed. In fact, indecisiveness is one of the things that makes depression so persistent and sets up a self-perpetuating downward spiral. A depressed person can’t make[...]

Breaking Bad Habits In Your Brain

Habits are those routine things you do when you’re not thinking which might seem to have very little to do with your brain. But it’s because habits are etched into your brain that you don’t have to actively think about them – which also makes them very hard to change. What really has to happen[...]

Pictures Are Worth Thousands of Words

I’m excited to share with you this guest post by Dean Dauphinais who has a compelling blog, My Life As 3D, where he shares his journey as the father of a son in long-term recovery from addiction. “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” We’ve all heard that saying. The idea behind it is that a single image[...]

You May Have Been Given A Cactus, But You Don’t Have To Sit On It

In the past even though I did my very best to try to steer clear of anything I thought could possibly lead to pain or discomfort, it always had a way of finding me. When I was teenager, my parents divorce rocked my world, and as a 19-year old college freshman, I was raped. In my[...]