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Brain Food For The Amygdala
Removal of Amygdala: Animal studies show it may remove normal fear responses. REF: http://www. Nytimes. Com/2010/12/21/science/21obbrain. Html? Mcubz=0 ...Read more
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
Have there been any recent/ongoing studies on the long term effects (brain structure changes, cognitive, neurological, cardio, etc.) of Adderall use for the treatment of adult adhd? Akin to those studies on ssris and structural changes in the amygdala, la
If someone ends up in the hospital once from a high blood sugar, could that have caused brain damage to the amygdala?
How does dopamine and serotonin (chemically) reduce fear/anxiety in de brain? Prefrontal cortex or amygdala? Or which parts of brain is involved?
Neurotransmitters: Medicines like Zoloft/Lexapro are serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Wellbutrin (bupropion) inhibits the uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine. Whether it is anxiety, irritability, anger, short fuse, or depression; these medicines regulate neurotransmitters in the brain to improve symptoms of insomnia, guilty feelings, poor concentration, fatigue, appetite disturbance, and lack of drive/interests. ...Read more
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
Is there any way to help heal the amygdala? Or any supplements like Lysine that could help heal the amygdala?
The Amygdala: Is that part of brain that focuses on survival triggering such emotions as fear and anger. Rather than concentrating on neuro-anatomy, might be more practical to focus on the source of your anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be treated w/modalities such as psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis, relaxation training, etc. If a professional give you medication, please don't stop there. Peace & health. ...Read more
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
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
Hi doctor theoretically can anxiety be cured by removing the amygdala doing interesting research?
No: In the brain, everything is connected to everything else. Removing one structure would never be enough. Furthermore, the amygdala is a survival center. You can't live without it. More than just anxiety goes through there. The last part of your question can't be answered because it's ungrammatical which makes its meaning difficult to understand. ...Read more
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
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
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
Antioxidants, fish: Cold water fish for the dha (wild salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel (mackerel has heavy metals so don't eat too much of it). Fish oil or krill oil does not pack the same dha as the fish does. Anti-oxidants including turmeric, rosemary, grapeseed, fresh veggies including raw/uncooked) and the occasional glass of red wine. Coffee good too. Avoid nicotine. ...Read more
Hello, I would like to know what are good brain foods? Aslo what is good for energy that's affordable?
Healthful eating and: There are no special brain foods that I can recommend. To be healthy, you have to eat healthy foods and exercise (yes exercise also helps brain to stay healthy and functional). Avoid too much animal fats/meats...It is bad for all body systems. Eat plant based foods, primarily. Inexpensive good foods are fruits (bananas and oranges/ apples), soy foods like tofu and eggs daily. Exercise 30-45 min/dail. ...Read more
What are some exercises or acts or food to make the brain function better (for studying, memoriZing...)?
Recite the alphabet: BACKWARDS. Use opposite hands. Do crosswords, watch Jeopardy, read and paint- for starters. ...Read more
Is there some brain condition that you can get by eating certain foods or too much of a particular food?
Food for the brain? Those that will help me remember things and concentrate more. Those that are easy to find.
Not perfect science: Overall healthy eating, remaining physical and cognitively active is important for brain health. But food wise, think about berries (like blueberries), caffeine in moderation, dark/green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, dandelion greens, broccoli), stay hydrated, health fats (avocado/fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel) and spices like tumeric/curcumin. Best of luck. ...Read more
How much time is required for the brain to return to a normal chemical balance when changing to healthy food diet?
No one knows: Although a healthy diet is good for most people, the improvement may be very subtle. I think there is more evidence pointing to regular exercise as beneficial for the brain. However if you have significant risk factors for arteriosclerotic diseases (high lipid, diabetes, hypertension etc) as healthy diet (mediterranean or vegan) may improve or retard the disease process and benefits the brain. ...Read more
Which food is need to take....I am reading 14 hours per day because exams are very near! Help me to maintain my brain become more active?
Hang in there!: Avoid eating a lot of calories at once. Rather 200kcal every 2-3 hrs. Avoid sugar-you will only crash in 3-4 hrs. Likewise w excessive caffeine although small amounts can helpful. Tea can be a good option. Drink plenty of water. Watch intake of simple carbs like bread, pasta, pastries. Avoid fats, esp. Trans- & sat fat. Fruits, veggies, lean proteins are best rest eyes & take exercise breaks. ...Read more
I know that there are chemicals that affect our brain in choclate and alcohol. Are there in other food and drinks? And what effects do they have?
Foods are chemicals: Many foods contains chemicals that influence brain activity, like coffee ...Read more
I'm aware that a great diet and exercise is healthy for the brain, but what are the best foods in terms of constantly studying for quizzes and tests?
No straight answer:
Not aware of evidence that particular food is better for studying...But in general before studying:
-make sure you are physically and mentally rested, like after a nice nap
-avoid hunger or thirst
-avoid heavy meal right before studying. ...Read more
Why does my brain keep telling me to eat more food when I'm already full? The voice continues nagging, then I indulge. After I regret and feel guilty.
Voice says hungry: You have a serious eating problem and need to consult your physician to get help. ...Read more
A varied diet.: A regular and varied diet is best. You will get everything that your body, and your brain, needs. More important is what to avoid - excessive alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and foods that add to cardiovascualr risks such as high salt or high fat foods. While you are at it make sure to get enough sleep. ...Read more