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And so this is Christmas

And so this is Christmas

Well, it’s staring us right in the eye, so it’s time to get down to it. All is calm, all is bright for some of us. For others, emotional and mental thunder make a silent night impossible. And so this is Christmas.

Our reward system and dopamine: A life-sustaining trap

Our reward system and dopamine: A life-sustaining trap

The brain’s design is difficult to wrap one’s head around. Just one example is our dopamine-driven reward system. Without it, we don’t exist. With it, we could get caught in a dangerous trap. It’s fascinating and important, so let’s dig in…

In desperate times, 10 reasoned measures

In desperate times, 10 reasoned measures

Does it really make sense? “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” That’s like saying if you’re having a panic attack, pop an Adderall and lock yourself in a closet. It’s not easy, but in desperate times calm and reason can work wonders.

It’s the forest, not the trees: 8 points of focus

It’s the forest, not the trees: 8 points of focus

Symptoms, coping, meds, side effects, appointments, self-monitoring, web searches: the trees are tall. So tall, in fact, that it’s easy to lose sight of the forest. And how are we supposed to get better if we don’t know where we are?

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