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Normal Brain Vs Ocd Brain
Merely technical: Looking directly at base of brain and pituitary requires slightly different cuts and angles, as the focus is directed to a small area of brain, but the software and pictures are handled in a similar fashion. In ms, we tend to use specialized approaches, such as flair or double inversion recovery to see the white matter spots better. Not needed for pituitary views, usually. ...Read more
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
No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all. There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. for a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few: A brain attack or stroke maybe from lack of blood flow(ischemic) or a bleed(either clot/embolism or aneurysm) in the brain(intraparenchemal). Both results in death of brain tissue. Other sources of hemorrhage can be in the surrounding tissues such as subdural(around the brain) or subarachnoid(around brain or spinal cord). ...Read more
Headaches somewhat frequently. MRI brain normal. Go for MRA Brain or MR Spectroscopy of the brain? or MRI other parts? I get free MRI/MRA services.
MRA for h/a: MRA would show even small aneurysms, so if you are concerned it may add some additional information about the vessels, including small or stenotic vessels and the carotids. Also consider thyroid, diabetes, musculoskeletal strain ,eyestrain from computer, allergies,sinusitis, food intolerances ( MSG is classic), mitral valve prolapse,hydrocephalus should have been seen on MRI,and migraines. ...Read more
Yes: http://www.journalofpsychiatricresearch.com/article/S0022-3956(04)00069-X/abstract?cc=y= Check out this link. Although as a rule schizophrenics are typically mentally slower. However, there is a subset that have high intellect. ...Read more
Pathology type: Brain tumor is a generic term that includes benign, low grade and malignant brain tumors. Brain cancer refers to the malignant category. When one speaks of a brain cancer, this may be a primary (originating from the brain tissue) or metastatic (originating from cancer outside of the brain). Treatment depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more
Sometimes: Damage to the hippocampus may show up on MRI, especially if it is the reason the MRI is done- so that the hippocampus is examined in detail. Keep in mind though that extensive damage is ordinarily needed to show up on the MRI, and small disruptions may not show up. So there can be a damage and a normal MRI, unfortunately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The differential is: Between primary glial tumors and extra-cns metastasis. There are also meningioma, pituitary and pineal tunors that are extra-glial. But none are regular. Glial tumors are graded from low to hi grade with survival decreasing as grade rise from i-iv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Frontal lobe functio: The smaller size of the frontal lobe catches up, but it"s function does improve with the aid of medicines ...Read more
MRI more accurate: Neuroimaging techniques can add valuable information (MRI) shows characteristic patterns depending on severity of the injury and also timing of imaging. Degree of edema and brain swelling is better seen by MRI than by computer tomography, therefore CT scans are not widely used for early outcome prediction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"Stop" = remission: Brian stimulation therapies (bst's) rely on electricity, magnets, or implants applied to the brain to treat depressive disorders and other mental disorders. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the oldest and most researched of this treatment category. The consortium for research in ECT study, found an 86% remission rate for those with severe depression. There are 3 other promising bst approaches. ...Read more
Non-reactive brain: Coma is described by the lack of patient response to stimulation. Centers in the brain stem cause us to be awake and to respond to things around us (ras). When this is not functioning properly, a level of coma can be described. The brain may be shut down by trauma, drugs, lack of oxygen, stroke, swelling, etc. The chance of recovery and the degree of recovery may be very difficult to predict. ...Read more
Brain epidermoid, is it the same as a meningioma tumor the difference between the two 3cm brain stem / 8cm front lobe?
Different tumors: A brain epidermoid is a different tumor than a meningioma. That is, the pathology or cell type is distinctly different. These usually are different on imaging studies also. From your question, it seems that you are describing an epidermoid adjacent to the brain stem and a meningioma in the frontal lobe. This is consistent with the different tendencies these two tumors have to localize. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does anything changes physically inside the brain of an OCD patient or is it that brain is working differently from a normal person?
Normal brain: With an extreme attention to detail.Get a more detailed answer ›
M South Indian.I know any ongoing research on human brain is expensive.But for common illness like OCD there could be low cost tablets right?Examples?
Not that we know.: However, if asking whether it's genetic or not, there seems to be a genetic component to all of those disorders with odd (opositional defiant disorder) having no known link. Anxiety, especially panic disoder and agoraphobia, have a somewhat stronger link but not to the degree tourettes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have. No brain "development issues" have been found in these disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Sorry, no surgery: Sad that you are so desperate about your anxiety. The good news: there are effective psychological treatments that work. What that is depends on what type of anxiety you have. See a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders, especially (for some types of anxiety) exposure based therapy. Medication may also be helpful but avoid addictive tranquilizers. Ssris can be very helpful. ...Read more
So if you can somehow stop the compulsion part(telling brain there is no logic in what you are going to do , it is ocd) can u overcome OCD gradually?
Cues, counters: The keys to countering obsessions & compulsions are: developing an awareness of what your cues or triggers are, engaging countering behaviors (e.g., progressive relaxation, challenging automatic thoughts, distraction), & tracking the success of your counters. Medications can be a big support as well. A licensed cognitive-behavioral therapist can help you develop strong skills! ...Read more
M south indian.Can i get my faith back?After getting OCD i find it difficult to believe in god.My brain always says there i not enough evidence mate.
This may be related: To your obsessive compulsive disorder. My patients with ocd have obsessive troubling thoughts (not pleasant thoughts). For instance, i treat a lovely woman in her 70's who has ocd. She is always fearful that she will drive up onto a curb and run some one over with her car. As a result - she tries not drive ; drives like a mouse when she does. (she had stopped driving when i met her). Getting. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can i take efalex original brain formula with Zoloft (sertraline) and do you think it would help my ocd?
Efalex : Efalex is a supplement containing a high dha formulation of fish (tuna) oil and evening primrose oil supplying gamma-linoleic acid (gla). This is actually a low epa product, and epa is the portion of fish oil especially needed in mood disorders like depression (common in those with ocd). Omega-3's have not been studied well in ocd, so we can't say if they help with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No pain, but caution: The brain itself has no pain-sensitive nerve fibers, so deep brain stimulation does not cause pain. Blood vessels, their supporting structures, and the protective coverings around the brain are innervated, though. Dr. Benjamin greenberg, a pioneer in this area, advises caution when considering this therapy -- it's for extremely intractable cases only. http://tinyurl.com/9ylzdsf. ...Read more
OCD is an uncommon, : but well-documented, consequence of TBI. The pattern of OCD, I.e., the types of obsessions & compulsions, are very similar amongst patients with TBI, whether they have mild TBI & normal MRI's or moderate & severe TBI with bruising of the the fronto-temporal cortex, subcortical structures (caudate nucleus) or both on their MRI's. Just one more thing for which you need therapy &, maybe, medication. ...Read more
What's the cost range, if you had to guess, of Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for severe OCD patients?
Deep Brain Stimula-: tion is approved by most insurance companies for adults with OCD who have failed to show improvement on at least 3 different SSRI's & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. It requires prior approval. The out-of-pocket expense varies with the type of coverage you have & the guidelines of your medical insurance company. ...Read more
I'm from India. Can my OCD in anyway affect or change the settings in my brain such that i am having difficulty in remembering or learning new things
Constant feeling of brain fog or like everything is a dream Could this be caused by my anxiety and ocd disorder? I don't even drive it had got so bad
Is any brain damage caused by chronic clinical depression or OCD permanent or temporary? Ie; if the person lateron doesn't have the issue any more, tks
Possibly: Gamma knife surgery is actively being studied as an alternative choice to traditional epilepsy surgery. Deep brain stimulation of the thalamus has been studied and has been found to be an effective therapy for some types of epilepsy. However, it may not offer any advantage over the vagus nerve stimulator, which is a less invasive treatment. Right now, insurers do not cover dbs for epilepsy ...Read more
I'm 20 and on wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and Zoloft for ocd. Will my brain develop differently/ become dependent on the drugs? Been on them for three years
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