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How can I tell if my prefrontal cortex was damaged?

How can I tell if my prefrontal cortex was damaged?

Consult neurologist : This type of injury can be detected by a neurologist or a psychologist. ...Read more

Cortex (Definition)

The cortex is the outer part of the brain or gray matter. It covers both the cerebrum and the cerebellum. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cerebral_cortex for more details about the anatomy and ...Read more


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What is the difference between the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum?

Prefrontal: Cognition, executive functions, planning and rational thinking. Cerebellum is for balance. ...Read more

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How can I speed up or enhance the development the prefrontal cortex and all other areas of the brain?

How can I speed up or enhance the development the prefrontal cortex and all other areas of the brain?

Please clarify: Please repost your question with an explanation of how and why you consider your prefrontal cortex and all other areas of your brain to be undeveloped and to need speeded-up or enhanced development. You haven't fallen for that claptrap that we only use 10% of our brains, have you? That's so ridiculous. We all use all of our brain, all of the time. ...Read more

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Will continually beating your head into the wall produce damage to the prefrontal cortex, and then reduce stress/anxiety? i hate GAD

Will continually beating your head into the wall produce damage to the prefrontal cortex, and then reduce stress/anxiety? i hate GAD

No one should : beat their head against the wall. You could cause brain injury. This would not reduce your anxiety, but increase it. Find a good psychologist and start talking about what leads to your anxiety. You may need to consult with a psychiatrist as well to prescribe and adjust anti anxiety medications until you reduce the psychosocial triggers. ...Read more

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Do we have any knowledge about a decreased/lowered activity in the brain's prefrontal cortex due to antidepressant (SSRI, etc.) use?

Do we have any knowledge about a decreased/lowered activity in the brain's prefrontal cortex due to antidepressant (SSRI, etc.) use?

Good ? Little Info: Determining therapeutic versus side effects is always complex. Data on such issues, by current limited technology, would require both animal studies & lots of detailed metabolic PET scanner plus comparative autopsy studies to partially sort out. And yet the dominant more relevant data would be clinical: time consuming & expensive, Who is going to do such? Study: http://goo.gl/13THgr. See comment. ...Read more

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I have an arteriovenous malformation (prefrontal cortex). Now, also really low mean platelet volume. Is the avm's bleeding risk high because of this?

I have an arteriovenous malformation (prefrontal cortex). Now, also really low mean platelet volume.  Is the avm's bleeding risk high because of this?

Platelets: A low mpv in and of itself is not necessarily a risk factor for bleeding if the total platelet count is normal. If treating the avm is not an option, then do avoid Aspirin and ginkgo biloba, which can both increase bleeding tendency. Speak to your doctor about getting an ivy bleeding time test, as it will tell you how well your platelets are working. And do make sure your BP is not elevated. ...Read more

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How does dopamine and serotonin (chemically) reduce fear/anxiety in de brain? prefrontal cortex or amygdala? Or which parts of brain is involved?

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

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Could you tell me what happens to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Could you tell me what happens to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Adrenal suppression: Taking large dose of steroids orally for a long time and suddenly stopping them may lead to adrenal crisis and death. This is manifested as shock that doesn't respond to common blood pressure-raising medications. ...Read more