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Social Distancing and Loneliness

Guest Post by Dr Mariah Mosley; Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay  I am not going to address whether or not ‘social distancing’ will be effective if we don’t do it for the full 18 months1 as some models are claiming, or if it is even truly as effective as they had been previously [...]

By |2020-05-15T09:37:29-07:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

How Fear Affects Your Immune System

Guest Post by Dr Mariah Mosley Why your health may be severely suffering during the COVID19 outbreak, even if you are not exposed: The scariest part of this pandemic This isn’t going to be an article trying to convince you the COVID-19 virus isn’t something to worry about, because right [...]

By |2020-04-10T11:51:16-07:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

The Mood-Boosting Winter Vitamin

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a variant of major depressive disorder that occurs during darker winter months when the days grow shorter. It’s fortunately far less common in sunny AZ. But it still does occur. This may be in part because, despite the sunshine, Vitamin D deficiency is still common [...]

By |2019-12-13T08:36:46-07:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health, Nutrition|0 Comments

How Your Gut Makes Serotonin

We know that there’s a huge connection between the gut and the brain—so much so that it’s got its own term: the gut-brain axis. We’ve also known for awhile that there is a definite relationship between the gut and mood regulation. Serotonin is the “happy” neurotransmitter best known for its [...]

By |2019-10-04T07:40:25-07:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Adrenaline-Deficient Anxiety

From a neurotransmitter standpoint, there are several different types of anxiety. I wrote here about the high dopamine/low serotonin variety, largely characterized by obsession and overthinking. High levels of adrenaline (norepinephrine and epinephrine) fit here too, since too much dopamine will spill over into high levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine [...]

By |2019-06-28T10:02:58-07:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Neurotransmitter Imbalance and Depression: Chicken or the Egg?

The bulk of the evidence is against the use of psychotropic medications for anxiety and depression. Studies show that in many cases, effects of SSRIs and benzodiazepines are no better than placebo for mild to moderate depression–indeed, some studies showed that SSRIs were less than half as effective as placebo! It also [...]

By |2019-06-07T07:05:20-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) vs Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

There’s a lot of overlap between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) as techniques for psychotherapy—so much so that it can be difficult to tease apart the differences between them. Let’s first define each, and then compare and contrast. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT is the older of [...]

By |2019-05-10T12:24:28-07:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

About 50% of women experience “baby blues,” or a brief period of mild depression for a few days to a few weeks after giving birth. But 10-20% will suffer more severe postpartum depression. Every pregnant woman has very high levels of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and oxytocin) when pregnant, and these hormones plummet precipitously after [...]

Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

By |2018-03-16T13:23:17-07:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, folate, folic acid, homocysteine, Mental Health, Women's Health|Tags: |Comments Off on Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

Spotlight on: L-Theanine

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

There are a number of reasons why tea is good for you: the antioxidant content is incredible, for instance, and it decreases risk of stroke, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, and even depression. But it also contains an excellent nootropic (substance that enhances cognition): L-Theanine. L-Theanine’s Biochemical Cousins Protein (one of the three major macronutrients) is made [...]

Spotlight on: L-Theanine

By |2017-12-22T10:24:53-07:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Articles, black tea, cognition, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, green tea, L-Theanine, Mental Health, NMDA, nootropic, serotonin, theanine|Tags: , |Comments Off on Spotlight on: L-Theanine

The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

Most of us think of progesterone only as a sex hormone. However, like its parent hormone pregnenolone, progesterone has been well studied for its neuroprotective effects. Progesterone and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Most of the studies with respect to TBI involve administration of progesterone within 6 hours of the original injury. Within this window, studies [...]

The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone

By |2017-11-17T16:22:51-07:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|Comments Off on The Neuroprotective Effects of Progesterone