By: Dr. David Hamilton, MD, Associate Medical Director, Center for Clinical Neuroscience at Yellowbrick
We all experience “The Blues”. The demands of work, school, love, family and friends are all competing for our limited emotional and mental resources. This ongoing competition can lead to stress and transient sadness. This is a normal part of healthy mood functioning. “The Blues” is how our brains tell us that the demands on our life are outpacing our ability to manage them. While “The Blues” can lead to clinical depression, they are not depression. Continue reading The Blues: Depression, Bipolar, and Suicide in Young Adults
Often, we wonder if an individual’s behavioral problems stem from an unwillingness or inability to change. We also want to know if appropriate medications can improve their condition. Let’s look at these two issues.
The brain directs our behaviors, which stem not simply from reflexive patterns but from complex internal processes. Reflexes respond to specific stimuli and always generate the same response, e.g., after tapping a knee, the leg extends. Although reflexes are simple behaviors involving a two-neuron circuit within the spinal cord–one neuron providing the input and the other providing the output–they are also part of the central nervous system, which includes the brain. Continue reading Why Should We Understand the Brain and Not Just the Mind for Successful Psychiatric Treatment?