Biology of Mood/Anxiety Disorders

It’s not your grandparents’ ECT

It’s not your grandparents’ ECT

Randle McMurphy chomps down on a bite guard, electrodes are placed on both sides of his head, the juice flows, and the seizure begins. Several weeks later his limp body, forehead scarred, is returned to the ward.

Bringing light to our darkest days

Bringing light to our darkest days

Light equates to hope. So when someone cries over “dark days,” you know what they fear losing. But if you ask me, light – hope – only gets snuffed out by choice. There’s a lot of darkness going around these days, so let’s talk about it.

A fireside chat

A fireside chat

The Christmas noise has eased. But New Year festivities are just days away, and the racket returns. Well, at least we have a few days to search for our marbles, which is huge for folks in our neck of the woods. Let’s roast marshmallows and chat by the fire…

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…

Caring for children with ADHD

Caring for children with ADHD

Caring for children with ADHD can be grueling. And the difficulty factor doubles if you’re enduring depression or anxiety. Reliable information is crucial, so let’s dig right in…

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