Short Note on Brain Health

The pharmacy makers are back at work, they and the fans with the drugs. As for them, all therapy is no more helpful than chatting to an old friend. Doesn’t help you a thing, save for the old saw; ‘a mutual concern is half the problem.’ check my reference

This can not be argued that during the last ten years there has been a huge rise in psychopharmacology and, of course, marketing campaigns have held up appropriately. And it is now becoming ‘de rigeur’ to find some sort of therapy as expensive, futile and time-wasteful. The consequence of all this is that people who vigorously should have previously pursued treatment instead switch away from it in addition to medicine.

Yet the leading practitioners were not inactive either, particularly those working in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or C.B.T. Through data from brain mri studies clearly indicates that C.B.T. reveals improvements in the brain that are somewhat close to those created by medications (‘when they actually function,’ one researcher couldn’t resist slipping in!).

But what is cognitive therapy of behavior? This underlines the position that our emotions play in how we behave.

The fascinating thing is that the intention is to improve the way we think about them, even though we tend to experience the same negative feelings without any outward adjustments on their side. Exercising this ability can prevent a highly negative condition such as depression from taking over a patient.

It’s, really, the same version. The task of the psychiatrist is to make the counselor look at life in general in a far more logical and realistic manner, not in the pessimistic worse case situation, all-or-nothing mode of thought.

However, the effectiveness C.B.T. has achieved in helping people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder is especially thrilling to researchers.

The disorder requires feelings of constant fear that swirl about in your brain, but a sort of ‘ritual’ may alleviate it in your mind. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, O.C.D., patients refer to Prozac, or C.B.T., or both.

It is not yet known what induces O.C.D., but hyperactivity of brain cells is frequently found among people suffering from O.C.D. They have a method to test that through elevated amounts of glucose, seen in brain mri O.C.D. patients, most notably in a region of the brain called the caudate nucleus.

Intriguingly it appears to counteract therapy for either Prozac or C.B.T. We performed a study relating Prozac and C.B.T., which utilized the method of brain scanning known as positron emission tomography. The aim was to calculate the rate of glucose production in the O.C.D. brain after Prozac alone and only during treatment.