Fibromyalgia Questions Comments & Brain

Fibromyalgia Questions, Comments and the Brain

Fibromyalgia Questions, Comments and the Brain Many experts believe that fibromyalgia is less a disease than an abnormal body response to stress. Areas of the brain responding to stress react differently in fibromyalgia patients than in healthy people. There is decreased activity in the opiod receptors, which may be why there is often accompanying depression and poor…

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD—It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore Some of what I write about concerning adult ADHD comes from an article in Psychiatric Times. “Adult ADHD: A Review of the Clinical Presentation, Challenges, and Treatment Option” by Jennifer Reinhold, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP. We typically think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a childhood problem, and…

Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment: The Self-Medication Model There are many theories for addiction, and almost all of them involve “craving”. Much of the substance abuse treatment is based on trying to diminish or eliminate that craving. I think this approach takes us in the wrong direction in understanding substance abuse, and it leads…

Medications for Psychiatric Disorders

The Same Medications for Different Psychiatric Disorders. Why?

How Do Drugs From 1 Psychiatric Disorder Treat Symptoms of Another How is it that Lamotrigine, an antiepileptic, can help depression, a seemingly different disorder altogether? And why can Prozac, an antidepressant, help reduce anxiety? Or an antipsychotic for schizophrenia help depression? In other words, how is it that drugs for one type of major psychiatric disorder treat…

Drugs in War

Drugs In War

The following is based on an article in the NY Times on 4/6/13 by Richard Friedman, MD. → Wars On Drugs The Use Of Psychoactive Drugs In War Last year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide primarily from depression and addictions than died in battle. Another statistic, only somewhat less startling, is that drug prescribing for the use of psychoactive drugs…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Treatment & Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, have recurrent thoughts and behaviors that can be crippling.  What follows is a discussion of the biology of the disorder and several aspects of treatment. Obsessive compulsive disorder is not a single disorder; rather, it’s of a cluster of conditions. In OCD, sufferers might obsess…

LENS Neurofeedback & The Hyper-Connected Brain

Lens Neurofeedback and the Hyper-Connected Brain

Depression, Lens Neurofeedback and the Hyper-Connected Brain A new study coming out of UCLA looked at brain rhythm activity in 121 adults with depression. The findings showed that their brains consistently demonstrated hyper-connectivity and deceased flexibility. In another study, Chinese scientists looked at post mortem brain tissue and in specific areas of the brain they saw excess…