Tag Archives: depression

Could intense mood swings indicate an underlying issue?

Almost everyone experiences the “emotional rollercoaster” at some point in life, but for those with bipolar disorder, the extreme emotional ups and downs do not end. Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is one of the most common and severe mental … Continue reading

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Carpe diem! Can you seize the day if seizures are contributing to your low mood?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which seizures occur as a result of abnormal neuron signaling. This irregular signaling may briefly alter a person’s consciousness, movements, or actions. However, having a seizure does not necessarily mean that a person has … Continue reading

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Patients with low mood all have unique neurotransmitter patterns

Depression is a common illness, approximately 1 in 10 people report symptoms of depression (http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/). Imbalances in monoamine neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, are commonly indicated in depression.   Despite this knowledge, therapies addressing serotonin and norepinephrine imbalances are often ineffective.  … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology: Where kynurenic acid fits

Psychoneuroimmunology. It’s a mouthful, but that’s to be expected when trying to find one word to describe the interaction of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and the impact this has on health and disease. Robert Ader, considered the founding … Continue reading

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Mood, blues, and reuptake pathways: Why common interventions are not always effective

According to Harvard Health Blog, about 1 in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant.  The most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants is Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs block the removal of serotonin from the synapse, allowing serotonin to signal … Continue reading

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The Kynurenine Pathway: Implications for inflammation and mood

When you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself to work and deal with your normal routine. Even socializing with friends does not sound pleasant anymore. You may experience low energy, sleep issues, low appetite, and … Continue reading

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