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How Your Gut Makes Serotonin

We know that there’s a huge connection between the gut and the brain—so much so that it’s got its own term: the gut-brain axis. We’ve also known for awhile that there is a definite relationship between the gut and mood regulation. Serotonin is the “happy” neurotransmitter best known for its [...]

By |2019-10-04T08:39:57-07:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Adrenaline-Deficient Anxiety

From a neurotransmitter standpoint, there are several different types of anxiety. I wrote here about the high dopamine/low serotonin variety, largely characterized by obsession and overthinking. High levels of adrenaline (norepinephrine and epinephrine) fit here too, since too much dopamine will spill over into high levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine [...]

By |2019-06-28T10:02:58-07:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Neurotransmitter Imbalance and Depression: Chicken or the Egg?

The bulk of the evidence is against the use of psychotropic medications for anxiety and depression. Studies show that in many cases, effects of SSRIs and benzodiazepines are no better than placebo for mild to moderate depression--indeed, some studies showed that SSRIs were less than half as effective as placebo! It also [...]

By |2019-06-07T07:20:56-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) vs Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

There’s a lot of overlap between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) as techniques for psychotherapy—so much so that it can be difficult to tease apart the differences between them. Let’s first define each, and then compare and contrast. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT is the older of [...]

By |2019-04-27T09:26:57-07:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

About 50% of women experience “baby blues,” or a brief period of mild depression for a few days to a few weeks after giving birth. But 10-20% will suffer more severe postpartum depression. Every pregnant woman has very high levels of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and oxytocin) when pregnant, and [...]

Spotlight on: L-Theanine

There are a number of reasons why tea is good for you: the antioxidant content is incredible, for instance, and it decreases risk of stroke, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, and even depression. But it also contains an excellent nootropic (substance that enhances cognition): L-Theanine. L-Theanine’s Biochemical Cousins Protein (one of the [...]

The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

Most of us think of progesterone only as a sex hormone. However, like its parent hormone pregnenolone, progesterone has been well studied for its neuroprotective effects. Progesterone and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Most of the studies with respect to TBI involve administration of progesterone within 6 hours of the original [...]

By |2017-11-17T16:22:51-07:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Pregnenolone, Memory, and Concentration

Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone produced from cholesterol, and it’s the parent of the rest of your sex and adrenal hormones (DHEA, cortisol, aldosterone, estradiol, estrone, estriol, progesterone, and testosterone). Because it’s the parent of all of them, it tends to have a balancing effect on both pathways. Mostly it gets [...]

By |2017-09-15T12:00:13-07:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Why Stress Tanks Your Excitement and Focus

Neurophysiology 101 Dopamine is perhaps best known as the “pleasure” neurotransmitter, because it’s the currency used in the nucleus accumbens, or the part of the brain known as “the pleasure center.” It’s also one of the catecholamine neurotransmitters: its progeny are norepinephrine and epinephrine (better known as adrenaline). Together and [...]

By |2017-07-21T17:50:55-07:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

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