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Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
33 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: amygdala?

Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What is the definition or description of: amygdala?

Area of brain: The amygdaloid is part of the limbic system of the brain located at he medial part of the temporal lobes near the center of the brain. It is responsible for memory and some emotional responses. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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A stroke that damages parts of your amygdala would have what effects?

Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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A stroke that damages parts of your amygdala would have what effects?

Fear itself: The amygdala is located in both temporal lobes. One of the chief functions is coordination of perception with fearfulness. Damage to the amygdala can have either stimulatory (fear-enhancing) or inhibitory (fear-negating) effects; either of which can be quite impairing. Other aspects of mood and behavior can be affected. Epilepsy is not infrequently a byproduct of amygdalar damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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What does the amygdala have to do to with the adrenal?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What does the amygdala have to do to with the adrenal?

Stress feedback loop: The amygdala is part of the limbic system of your brain. The limbic system responds to and regulates emotion; the amygdala assigns emotional "valence" to stimuli. It registers whether stimuli are threatening, leading to fight-flight responses. The adrenal can secrete stress hormones in response to all this, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
48 years in practice
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What is the chemical make up of lariam. What is the specific chemical in this drug that would react with the amygdala?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
48 years in practice
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What is the chemical make up of lariam.  What is the specific chemical in this drug that would react with the amygdala?

Mefloquine: Lariam® is mefloquine, an antimalarial drug. It can cause neuropsychiatric side effects like confusion, irrational fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, and others. I'm not a neuroscientist and don't know if any of these are related to the amygdala. Other antimalarial drugs usually can be substituted it. If you have such symptoms, immediately see a doctor experienced in malaria. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Is there any way to help heal the amygdala? Or any supplements like Lysine that could help heal the amygdala?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Is there any way to help heal the amygdala? Or any supplements like Lysine that could help heal the amygdala?

Nothing proven usefu: I do not know of any supplements that have proven benefit. What exactly is your medical problem/ condition?. Then we may offer you a more exacting answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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Does anterior cingulate cortex turn off amygdala completely or simply make us unable to see emotions?

Dr. Edward Smith
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
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Does anterior cingulate cortex turn off amygdala completely or simply make us unable to see emotions?

Network analysis: Neural networks exist in the brain subserving certain functions, often specific to that network. Anterior cingulate (acc) and amygdala are in one such circuit. Disrupting communications between the two will cause changes in each component. Re-establishment of communications by re-wiring the brain (plasticity) may cause restoration of function but it may be abnormal-hence altered emotionality. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Is the amygdala smaller in a person with OCD? I'd like to understand my brain a little better.

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Is the amygdala smaller in a person with OCD? I'd like to understand my brain a little better.

Size is not at issue: Proper functioning is more the issue than size. Some efforts have been explored at retraining this 'anxiety switch'. Read this and discuss it w/ your therapist. http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/How-You-Can-Retrain-The-Amygdala-Gland-To-Cure-Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder/242240 There may be other ideas they'll have. Best! ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
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Docs figured out my SympatheticNervousSystem was wayyy overactive(had extreme insomnia, fear, agitation, palps).Long-term damage to amygdala or other?

Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Docs figured out my SympatheticNervousSystem was wayyy overactive(had extreme insomnia, fear, agitation, palps).Long-term damage to amygdala or other?

Beta blockers: I assume that an endocrinologist has ruled out hyperthyroidism and other glandular overactivity that could cause many of your symptoms. Beta blockers,avoidance of caffeine and alcohol along with stress management therapy and judicious use of tranquillizers are possible treatments for your symptoms.I am more concerned about long term effects on the cardiovascular system than on the amygdala. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Can somebody with OCD exhaust their amygdala either with thinking too much/stress or taking d-cycloserine?

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Can somebody with OCD exhaust their amygdala either with thinking too much/stress or taking d-cycloserine?

No reason to worry: Please don't let this idea take any of your time or energy. The mygdala is not in any way over-worked by over-thinking. You are, but it isn't. Also, the studies on the medication's effects are w/ rats and those that show anything do not show exhaustion, merely reduction of pain reaction. Talk w/ your therapist to confirm, but trust this - there is not need for you to worry about this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
36 years in practice
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If someone ends up in the hospital once from a high blood sugar, could that have caused brain damage to the amygdala?

Dr. James Goodrich
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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If someone ends up in the hospital once from a high blood sugar, could that have caused brain damage to the amygdala?

Amygdala: A single hospital admission for high blood sugar would not likely cause damage to the amygdala. ...Read more

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