The brain needs downs to have ups Four neurochemicals cause happiness : endorphins, dopamine , oxytocin and serotonin. Each evolved to do a different job. When you know what the job is, you know why your happy chemicals can't be on all the time. 1. Endorphins evolved to mask pain. If you're escaping a predator, neurochemical euphoria promotes survival by mask pain until you're in a safe place. 2. Happy chemicals evolved to alert us to survival-relevant information around us. Yet it's natural to desire more happy chemicals and to do everything possible to stimulate them.
Brainpower Gertjan Mulder, professionally known as Brainpower, is a bi-lingual rapper, who writes, records and performs in both the English as well as the Dutch language. The Dutch audience mainly knows him as a Dutch language rapper. He was born in Belgium and grew up in the Netherlands. He started making music in the eighties, and spent his time making a name for himself in the 90s. Since 2001, he released five solo studio albums, one Live album CD/DVD set, a book/DVD set, a Greatest Hits Box Set, and a few other successful side projects. Early life Gertjan Mulder was born in Antwerp, Belgium as son of a progressive Dutch Reverend and a Dutch mother. Early career He started practicing his freestyle skills in the summer of 1990 and honed his skills as a battle MC from that moment 'til the late 90's and basically until way after he signed a record deal and produced major hit records. 1998-2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The dark side of Oxytocin August 1st, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry / For a hormone, oxytocin is pretty famous. It’s the “cuddle chemical”—the hormone that helps mothers bond with their babies. Salespeople can buy oxytocin spray on the internet, to make their clients trust them. It’s known for promoting positive feelings, but more recent research has found that oxytocin can promote negative emotions, too. Oxytocin’s positive effects are well known. But the warm fuzzy side of oxytocin isn’t the whole story. But Kemp and Guastella think oxytocin’s role is slightly different. If Kemp and Guastella are right, that could mean that oxytocin could also increase anger and other negative approach-related emotions. Further research will show more about what emotions are promoted by oxytocin, Kemp says. Provided by Association for Psychological Science
Two drugs show best treatment possibility for MS In massive news for neurology, The New England Journal of Medicine has published three important studies reporting that two new drugs for multiple sclerosis are more effective than existing treatments and can be taken in pill form. Multiple sclerosis is a bitch. It’s a neurological disorder where the immune system starts attacking myelin – the protective covering of nerves in the brain and spinal cord – leading to unpredictable attacks that typically leave the person a little more disabled each time. Problems can include movement difficulties, chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive problems, mood instability and impairments to the body’s automatic processes like digestion, bladder and bowel control. One problem with the the current treatments that try and slow down the disease itself, rather than just manage the effects, is that they all require regular injections or infusions via a drip. The studies that investigated these drugs were very impressive.
Serotonin, Social Interaction and Making Decisions The role of specific neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter circuits in decision making is being explored in a variety of ways. Dopamine appears to have significant research support for a key role in making decisions related to reward.The role of serotonin in decision making is less well studied but also appears to be important. Robert Rogers, Ph.D. recently presented some of his lab's research at the Warren Frontiers in Neuroscience lecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Additionally, I have reviewed and placed a link to a recent research manuscript from Dr. Rogers related to topic below.)Dr. Rogers noted the relationship between serotonin, depression and social function include these research findings:Social isolation is a known risk factor for major depressionSerotonin appears important in developing nourishing social contactsSocial isolation found in anxiety and depression may be mediated by serotonin mechanisms Dr. Photo of Coopers Hawk from the author's private collection. Rogers RD (2011).
The fine dopamine line between creativity and schizophrenia New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity. By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia. High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family. "We have studied the brain and the dopamine D2 receptors, and have shown that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia," says associate professor Fredrik Ullén from Karolinska Institutet's Department of Women's and Children's Health. "The study shows that highly creative people who did well on the divergent tests had a lower density of D2 receptors in the thalamus than less creative people," says Dr Ullén.
Shaman : ce qu’un Shaman voit dans un hôpital psychiatrique Selon la vision chamanique, les maladies mentales indiquent « la naissance d’un guérisseur », explique Patrice Malidoma Somé. Ainsi, on doit considérer les troubles mentaux comme des urgences et des crises spirituelles pour aider le guérisseur lors de sa naissance.Ce qui est perçu comme « un maladie mentale » dans l’Occident est considéré comme « de bonnes nouvelles de l’autre monde » par le peuple de Dagara. La personne confrontée à la crise a été choisie comme un moyen de communication afin de faire passer un message du monde spirituel à la communauté qui l’entoure. «Les troubles mentaux et toutes les autres sortes de troubles du comportement signalent que deux énergies incompatibles évidentes ont été fusionnées au sein du même concept », explique le Dr Somé. «J’étais tellement choqué. Ce qui a frappé le shaman, c’était que l’attention accordée à ces symptômes était basée sur la pathologie, sur l’idée que la condition est quelque chose qui doit s’arrêter. Le Dr.