What Questions Should You Ask

If you haven’t been feeling like yourself and think you might be depressed, speak with your family doctor or your psychiatrist.

We should be asking about what our symptoms mean, which can be – I am not feeling well, not sleeping properly or broken sleep, having memory issues – difficulty with remembering things, anger problems or mood fluctuations. One should be asking about, if they would need medicines or how long they would need to take medicines. Continue reading “What Questions Should You Ask”

Largest Brain Study Of 62,454 Scans Identifies Drivers Of Brain Aging

Schizophrenia, cannabis use, and alcohol abuse are just several disorders that are related to accelerated brain aging

Date: August 21, 2018

Source: IOS Press

Summary: In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging. Continue reading “Largest Brain Study Of 62,454 Scans Identifies Drivers Of Brain Aging”

Stress During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Mood Disorders For Female Offspring

Study examines the effects of maternal cortisol levels on brain connectivity and behavior in offspring

Date:  August 16, 2018

Source: Elsevier

Summary: High maternal levels of the stress hormone cortisol during pregnancy increase anxious and depressive-like behaviors in female offspring at the age of 2, reports a new study. The effect of elevated maternal cortisol on the negative offspring behavior appeared to result from patterns of stronger communication between brain regions important for sensory and emotion processing. The findings emphasize the importance of prenatal conditions for susceptibility of later mental health problems in offspring. Continue reading “Stress During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Mood Disorders For Female Offspring”

Anxiety, Depression, Other Mental Distress May Increase Heart Attack, Stroke Risk In Adults Over 45

Date: August 28, 2018

Source: American Heart Association

Summary: A new study links anxiety, depression and other mental distress to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among adults ages 45 or older, even after factoring for lifestyle behaviors and disease history. The associations were slightly stronger for stroke among women than men. Continue reading “Anxiety, Depression, Other Mental Distress May Increase Heart Attack, Stroke Risk In Adults Over 45”