Brain Response to Stress in Depression

Brain Response to Stress in Depression

Peter Forster Basic Science, Major Depression, Psychobiology 0 Comments

A study looking at the brain response to stress in depression offers important clues about changes in brain function that may be associated with vulnerability to depression and what happens when a vulnerable individual becomes depressed. Researchers looked at brain activity using functional MRI in three groups of people: people with untreated first episode major depression, people with a history …

Enlyte – methylfolate and more

Peter Forster Physical Conditions and Health, Treatments of Depression 0 Comments

Enlyte is a therapeutic food that has been designed to help people at risk of functional deficits in folate and methylfolate that may be associated with treatment resistant depression. It contains a mixture of folate, folinic acid and l-methylfolate as well as other co-factors. EnLyte/EnBrace HR/EnLyte-D helps with concentration, motivation, and sleep. Symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest, problems concentrating, insomnia, …

Negative Self-Appraisal and Brain Activity

Peter Forster Basic Science, Major Depression, Psychobiology 0 Comments

Negative Self-Appraisal and Brain Activity: Altered Function in Depression Within the Default Mode Network (DMN) are three structures that link negative self-appraisal and brain activity: The medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) The posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) And the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) Negative self-appraisal refers to the relentless critical self talk that occurs in many people with depression. Many patients report …

Health Problems

Peter Forster GPS Update, Website Update 0 Comments

We have updated the health problems page with quick links to important information about living well with moods, including information about diet and exercise, information about sleep, insomnia and the most effective treatments for insomnia, and general information about mood and mood disorders. Hopefully, this new format and the new content, will make the page much more useful for our …

Psychosis Risk Prediction

Peter Forster Best Practices, Diagnosis, Other Psychiatric Disorders 0 Comments

Accurate psychosis risk prediction might allow us to provide early intervention and prevention services to young people at risk of developing psychosis. However our current tools for identifying those at risk are not able to accurately predict and identify those who might benefit from these services. A major step forward was the development of the concept of an At Risk …

ADHD Medication Reduces Accidents

Peter Forster Other Psychiatric Disorders, Physical Conditions and Health

ADHD medication reduces accidents significantly according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. Chang and colleagues analyzed data in the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database to identify people aged 18 and older who had received an ADHD diagnosis or ADHD medication between January 2005 and the end of December 2014. The researchers compared the number of emergency department visits …

Website Mobile Enhancements

Peter Forster About GPS, Website Update

Website Mobile Enhancements Over the last couple of years the proportion of our website visitors who are viewing the site on mobile devices has skyrocketed. Although the site was designed to be mobile friendly there are part submit that clearly need additional work. Several behind the scenes changes on this website may make it a little bit easier for you …

Rising Estrogen Levels Trigger Premenstrual Dysphoria

Peter Forster Uncategorized

New research suggests that rising estrogen and progesterone levels trigger premenstrual dysphoria symptoms. “Although the mechanisms underlying the mood-destabilizing effects of ovarian steroids in PMDD remain to be better characterized, as does the source of susceptibility to this trigger, our findings provide a new target for interventions,” Peter Schmidt, M.D., chief of the Section on Behavioral Endocrinology at the National …

Ketamine for Depression – 2017

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, Major Depression, Treatments of Depression

I just got back from an inspiring conference in Berkeley on Ketamine for Depression. I am eager to implement some changes in how we work with people we refer or provide ketamine infusion for that may make the treatment more effective. The conference was organized by Alison McInnes, MD, MS, who is in charge of the Kaiser, San Francisco Ketamine Treatment Program, …