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Nutrition and the Brain

By |2020-07-13T14:39:52+00:00July 13th, 2020|

For July, the Brain Blog topic will be nutrition. Nutrition "encompasses an extremely broad range of medical, social, commercial, and ethical domains," and is a core part of our overall health (Lorenzo et al., 2017). Nutrition and diet are also an informative piece of a patient's history as what one eats are [...]

The Customization and Future of TIMBER

By |2020-06-25T16:03:00+00:00June 25th, 2020|

In honor of PTSD Awareness Month, the Brain Blog has reviewed the work of Dr. Pradhan and colleagues. TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Re-consolidation of memories) psychotherapy is a treatment for PTSD and other disorders that combines Yoga and mindfulness techniques with skills and treatment methods based on cognitive [...]

TIMBER and Ketamine Infusion

By |2020-06-18T15:34:58+00:00June 18th, 2020|

In honor of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month the Brain Blog has devoted the past several weeks to review the research of Dr. Pradhan and colleagues. Dr. Pradhan led the development of TIMBER Psychotherapy, a mindfulness-based approach to treating PTSD and other disorders. In our introduction to TIMBER psychotherapy, we reviewed [...]

The History and Efficacy of TIMBER

By |2020-06-15T13:48:28+00:00June 12th, 2020|

In honor of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, we began June’s Brain Blog update with a review of PTSD and a discussion of Dr. Pradhan and colleague’s system for treatment, TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Re-consolidation of memories). This week, we will examine the history and efficacy of [...]

PTSD and the Trauma Intervention TIMBER

By |2020-06-04T14:30:35+00:00June 3rd, 2020|

June is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, with June 27th being PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD “develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event” (The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center, 2019). While the body’s “fight-or-flight” response is a natural mechanism to protect oneself from [...]

Mental Health Treatment

By |2020-05-27T18:55:55+00:00May 27th, 2020|

Last week on the Brain Blog, we provided an overview of some common stigma around mental health. Internalized stigma, or self-stigma, can be damaging to an individual’s self-esteem and has been found to interfere with recovery across multiple types of disorders (Livingston, Milne, Fang & Amari, 2012; Ociskova et al., 2018). One [...]

Mental Health Awareness

By |2020-05-22T16:36:52+00:00May 22nd, 2020|

In addition to  ALS Awareness Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949 by Mental Health America to “provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with” (Mental Health America, [...]

The Future of ALS

By |2020-05-14T18:33:14+00:00May 14th, 2020|

Last week on the Brain Blog we reviewed the basics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in honor of ALS Awareness Month. This week we will be reviewing the histopathological features of ALS as well as new developments in potential treatments. ALS is largely defined by the degeneration of motor neurons in the [...]

COVID-19 and The Brain

By |2020-05-04T21:36:02+00:00April 29th, 2020|

While uncommon, viral infections of the brain “can lead to transient or permanent neurologic or psychiatric dysfunction” (van den Pol, 2009). The effects of COVID-19 on the human brain is yet to be thoroughly researched. Research has found that “patients with COVID-19 often suffer from severe hypoxia and viremia, which has the [...]