Brain changes caused by ECT are associated with worse outcomes

Richard Sears

A recent article in Psychological Medicine reports that gray matter changes observed in patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are not responsible for the relief of depression that some patients reportedly experience after ECT. On the contrary, this study found that a post-ECT increase in gray matter volume corresponded to short-term worsening of depressive symptoms. This … Read more

Breaking Out of Depression; The Balanced Brain reviews

Breaking Out of Depression;  The Balanced Brain reviews

IIf you’ve paid attention to the science of mental health, you’ve probably heard the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Since the 1990s, the common symptoms of low mood, loss of interest and pleasure, changes in sleep and appetite have been said to arise from a lack of a … Read more

How to get more Gotu Kola, also known as the ‘longevity herb’ that aids brain health and memory, in your diet

IDo you want to have fun with healthy nutrients? You’ve probably heard that gotu kola is the next level when it comes to increasing longevity and brain health. But what is gotu kola, exactly? “Gotu kola is an herb in the carrot family and is related to parsley, cilantro, and fennel,” says Bill Rawls, MD, … Read more