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Doctor insights on: How Does Someone Behave With A Damaged Amygdala

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What is the definition or description of: amygdala?

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

Amygdala (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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A stroke that damages parts of your amygdala would have what effects?

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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What does the amygdala have to do to with the adrenal?

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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Is anxiety cause by the amygdala and is there any way to stop it?

Is anxiety cause by the amygdala and is there any way to stop it?

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

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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?

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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Does anterior cingulate cortex turn off amygdala completely or simply make us unable to see emotions?

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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Is there any way to help heal the amygdala? Or any supplements like Lysine that could help heal the amygdala?

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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Hi doctor theoretically can anxiety be cured by removing the amygdala doing interesting research ?

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

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Is the amygdala smaller in a person with OCD? I'd like to understand my brain a little better.

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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Can somebody with OCD exhaust their amygdala either with thinking too much/stress or taking d-cycloserine?

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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Docs figured out my SympatheticNervousSystem was wayyy overactive(had extreme insomnia, fear, agitation, palps).Long-term damage to amygdala or other?

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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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 someone describe me what a schizoid aspie could behave like?

Could someone describe me what a schizoid aspie could behave like?

Well: The schizoid aspects of this person make it likely that s/he is a loner who has no or little need for sexual relationships & few or no close friends. S/he may be emotionally distant, lacking in social interaction skills & anxious around others w little ability to experience joy. The asperger aspects can lead to diffculty with socializing due to inability to be in tune w other's feelings or to read. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of add and how do people behave?

What are symptoms of add and how do people behave?

Subtle: Add tends to refer to patients with add, inattentive type. They are not hyperactive, but struggle academically. They are easily distracted and have difficulty following in class or sitting to finish homework. Homework can take much longer to finish. They also have difficulty retaining information and may struggle with retaining information they study or read. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you discipline a 2yo when he is behaving badly?

Can you discipline a 2yo when he is behaving badly?

Time Out: Redirection is fine, but does not carry over. Babies do learn from time outs if we are consistant, firm and repeat the time out each time the behavior is attempted. It takes about 2-3 weeks and the 2 year old will learn to avoid the time out by not doing the wrong thing. ...Read more

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What are the telltale signs of how autistic people behave?

What are the telltale signs of how autistic people behave?

Isolated & odd: Autism is defined by a triad of symptoms whose interrelationships are not well understood. 1st is a markedly diminished or absent interest in and ability to use social interactions. 2nd is language abnormalities ranging from none at all to limited, echoing with odd tonal quality. 3rd are odd behaviors from flapping to narrow, intense interest in unusual topics or objects. Starts before age 3. ...Read more

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Is it my fault they my husband abuses me, if i behave better will it stop?

Is it my fault they my husband abuses me, if i behave better will it stop?

Absolutely not!: Spousal abuse does not have anything to do with you, but instead his need for power and psych pathology. You do not deserve the abuse and it is not your fault. Also, it will most likely not stop. I implore you to seek help with counseling where you will be able to get out of an abusive relationship. You deserve better, and dont forget that. http://womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women. ...Read more