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Blog posts : "mind"

March madness and mental health

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2012 – Imagine a college band performing at half time during a football game.

The band members miraculously play their instruments while carrying out a choreographed march, forming interesting patterns on the field. If, in the middle of their song, the bass drums starting …

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Mental health and women in history: Mary Todd Lincoln

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2012—March is Women’s History Month, and Mary Todd Lincoln is a remarkable character in history. She is primarily remembered as being the wife of a famous man who was as undemonstrative and she was demonstrative, and for having mental and emotional issues that intensified o…

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Empathy for our genes: No longer our body’s CEO

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2012—All of us are intimately connected to our environment. Day to day it appears as if we are beings walking through a movie set that is separate from ourselves. That separation is an illusion, and you do not have to be Buddhist to realize this. 

Some researchers have be…

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Depression has a new adversary: TMS

WASHINGTON, February, 25, 2012 - TMS is almost new. It has been around several years, and is getting more media buzz everyday as a treatment for medication-resistant depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is the use of magnetic pulses to stimulate mood related areas of the brain. It…

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Mental Illness and Diabetes

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 - There is a significant link between type 2 diabetes and mental illness. Does one illness set the stage for the other? Maybe the brain’s chemistry during the ups and downs of bipolar swings invites diabetes. Perhaps changes in the brain from abnormal glucose levels…

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Antidepressants and placebos: On a bicycle built for two

WASHINGTON, February 9th, 2012 - Are placebos just as effective as antidepressants? It depends who you talk to, although trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong about this issue detracts from the vast gray area between. That gray area is teeming with the mystery of what it is to be a co…

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Being bipolar: Hyper-hare or slo-mo tortoise

WASHINGTON, January, 27, 2012 - Martin is in his late thirties and depressed. He is fatigued, can’t concentrate, or make decisions. His mood is sad and irritable, and he thinks about suicide. “I know how I screwed up my life a few months ago,” said Martin, “But it seems like it was someone else …

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Other Causes of Depression

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2012 - Maybe someday we will come up with a concise and exact explanation of the cause of depression; one size that fits all. However, it is more likely there will always be a queue of explanations, since every solution invites more questions. We read about genetic researc…

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