Brain Signature Predicts Who Benefits from Exposure Therapy | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Study shows that the success of exposure therapy in reducing PTSD symptoms may depend on the strength of specific brain systems underlying how an individual recognizes and processes emotionally charged stimuli. The new findings can help identify patients likely to benefit from such therapy.
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Capsaicin from chili peppers found to produce antidepressant-like effects in rats

A substance found in chili peppers reduces depressive symptoms in a rodent model of depression, according to research published in Physiology & Behavior. …
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And just by the way, Capsaicin is also an anti inflammatory molecule!

Scientists believe they’ve found the real physical cause of depression

The latest discovery about the possible link between depression and inflammation has once again taken a chomp out of my confidence in the medical profession. In my personal life I have known a number of people who suffer from depression and have tried the whole gamut of anti-depressants without ever experiencing any noteworthy relief. We have been told that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and antidepressants work by balancing chemicals like serotonin called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. But as we all know, it’s notoriously difficult to find antidepressants that works. No wonder! Depression is not a mental illness; it’s a physical illness. And according to some recent papers it can be alleviated by treating inflammation.
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Depression is a physical illness and it can be treated with anti inflammatory drugs!

World Mental Health Day

Today is the day to educate, learn, and reduce stigma about mental illness. No doubt, mental illness (MI) is confounding, confusing and very difficult to deal with on the inside or from the outside. But it is an illness and as such, it is treatable, at least to a degree. Some of us who suffer from MI are very lucky in that our symptoms are controlled to a large degree with medication and lifestyle changes. Some of us aren’t that lucky but do get some help. I know we have to be strong, mental illness can test the strongest of us. Here’s a story I found quite amazing:

Happy World Mental Health Day, warriors! Go out there and educate, learn and live the best life for yourself and for your loved ones.

You Can’t Change the Past, but You Can Rewrite Your History | Psychology Today

Thinking about a past event that is troubling can understandably contribute to depression. New research shows how imagery rescripting can help counteract those negative emotions.
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Hmmm sounds interesting, and apparently it does work, at least for some people.