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How the Brain Gives Rise to Thoughts, Emotion, Behaviors, and Relationships
Marwa Azab Ph.D.
Winter blues are a result of complicated biochemical changes in the brain that cause changes in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors depending on the season.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease appear to have a less diverse gut microbiome compared to age- and sex-matched controls.
Anxious mothers might not maximally benefit from parenting because of their excessive uncontrollable worries. They often miss out on the present.
Among other benefits, exercise increases chemicals known as brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF), which are crucially involved in learning and memory.
Stress prevention and management during mid-life may significantly reduce women's risk of dementia and related disorders.
Patients with psychiatric disorders such as depression have different populations of gut microbes compared to healthy individuals.
There are differences in the brains of people who reject tasty unhealthy foods and those who succumb. But you can change that.
Romantic love is a key ingredient in healthy marriages. When It is achieved, it creates an addictive need that sustains a connection for decades.
The brains of those at high risk for depression become more similar to low-risk brains when they strongly value religious beliefs.
The data suggests that throughout the adult life span, normal female brains are more youthful than men's. In this study, female brains were on average 4 years younger than men's.
There are stressful situations that promote strength. The criteria: Stress you can tolerate, manage successfully, and have control over. Anything short of that can cause damage.
High levels of glucocorticoids that accompany chronic stress activate forgetting circuits, inhibit the birth of new neurons, and eventually kill hippocampal cells.
Anxiety compels the sufferer to keep running from an invisible monster to an unknown destination.
When inflammation is prolonged by stressors and vulnerabilities, the adaptive sickness behavior can become depression.
Teens are highly emotional because of a a hyperactive amygdala that generates many danger false alarms and slow inefficient connections with logical brain parts.
Every time a bad day does not destroy you, your brain keeps track of it as a small victory.
Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include fatigue, mood instability, weight gain, adult acne, lower sex drive, and more.
Each trauma experienced as a result of this “parentectomy” will leave an epigenetic fingerprint on these helpless children’s DNA, and their children and their children.
Do not say to a HSP, you are too analytical, too sensitive, too emotional, you cannot handle criticism or stress.
Anxious people overestimate negative events, underestimate how much power they have, over-plan, fail to lower pessimism after success, and have a hyper-focused attentional system.
Indeed, thoughts and prayers are with victims everywhere, but not action-less thoughts and insincere prayers.
Reflexive system runs the show when we are short on time and effort. This system is not great at filtering. Many efforts to change habits fail, because they address the logical.
At best, any treatment for depression is only 60% effective in managing symptoms. Why don't treatments alleviate the suffering of more people? Because treatments come in one size!
When we talk about our goals to others, our brain is tricked into thinking that the goal was achieved. As a result, it stops investing energy in or inhibit actions toward our goal.
Where a person lies in the hierarchy set by society determines which emotions to express and which to suppress.
The brain areas associated with high sensitivity are the same ones involved when expressing empathy. You can benefit from your high sensitivity by selecting the right environment.
The same brain areas involved in processing physical pain such burning or hurt are also activated when a negative comment burns or when your feelings are hurt. Social pain is real.
If you feel like you are running out of steam, it is OK! Motivation goes up and down. If the tide was high all the time, we would fail to see the beauty of calm oceans.
There are seasonal biological changes that facilitate an increase in our caloric intake.
Victims might become hypnotized by their attackers and impersonate or even defend them.
Marwa Azab, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of psychology and human development at California State University, Long Beach.