Is COVID-19 Leading to a Mental Illness Pandemic?

We are in the midst of an epidemic and possibly pandemic of anxiety and distress. The worry that folks have about themselves, families, finances, and work is overwhelming for millions.

I speak with people who report periods of racing thoughts jumping back in time and thinking of roads not taken. They also talk about their thoughts jumping forward with life plans of what they’ll do to change their lives in the future – if they survive COVID-19.

Consider what this uncertainty is doing to people who have an underlying emotional problem that is well-controlled with care (and even without care). Those people are suffering even more. Meanwhile, people with obsessive-compulsive disorder that had been under control appear to have worsened with the added stress.

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Brain’s ‘fear hub’ generates neurons in adulthood

New research finds, for the first time, that the amygdala – which is also known as the brain’s ‘fear hub’ – can generate new cells in adulthood. The findings may hold important clinical implications for conditions such as anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Neurogenesis is the name given to the process by which the adult mammalian brain generates new neurons.

It is a known fact that adult brains produce new cells during learning, neurogenesis being crucial to the brain’s cognitive plasticity in humans and other mammals. In fact, it is estimated that the adult human brain produces 700 new neurons every day.

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The science of fear – what makes us afraid?

If you have ever asked yourself ‘what is fear?’ then you have to be prepared to face your phobias and delve deep in to the science behind what makes us afraid.

The building was evacuated as Fire fighters, ambulances and police arrived on the scene to tend to the sick. That evening the local emergency room admitted 80 students and 19 staff members; 38 were hospitalised overnight.

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PTSD, Psychoneuroimmunology and Relaxation Therapy

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first introduced as a diagnosis in 1980 and can be defined as a traumatic event that occurs when a person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. The response to this involved intense fear, helplessness or horror.

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60 Seconds With Neuroscientist John Meitzen

In addition to his teaching duties, John Meitzen runs a lab that uses rats to study a specific neuron in a region of the brain called the striatum. It’s part of his research on how neuron function differs between males and females. He’s also active in efforts to talk about science with the public, receiving the Society for Neuroscience’s Next Generation Award in 2016 for his work as one of the pioneers of Brain Awareness Night. It’s an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh that brings in neuroscientists to talk with everyone from young kids to seniors about how the brain works.

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PTSD: Similar Effects of High- and Low-Frequency rTMS

PTSD: Similar Effects of High- and Low-Frequency rTMS

PTSD symptoms can be reduced by high- and low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.PTSD symptoms can be reduced by high- and low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Both high- and low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation  (rTMS) are effective in reducing core cluster and associated symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a review by investigators from multiple institutions in Sichuan, China, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.1

 

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