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How researchers are changing the brain’s messaging system to tackle mental health disorders

There’s a disturbingly long list of ways in which the brain can go wrong. I might name for you a sample of mental health conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders of all kinds, obsessive compulsive disorder. Even just the list of movement disorders is miserably long: Parkinson’s disease…

Age Wise

Two new reasons to check your blood pressure now, even if you’re young

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, many without realizing it amid a new definition of what’s “high.” So I’m understandably worried about you, given the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and dementia that are associated with elevated blood pressure.

Have you checked yours lately?

If not, two…

Age Wise

Some old brains look and work like those of twenty-somethings

Among the frustrations of growing older, at least for many of us, is the increasing struggle to remember people we’ve met, or what was for lunch yesterday. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out why: Our brains shrink, and communication between different parts gets fuzzy.

But for some…

Drugs like ketamine and psilocybin offer patients a new perspective on their experiences with racism

In a handful of clinics across Canada and the United States, therapists are administering ketamine to their patients to help them explore the psychological trauma left by racism. Ketamine, a psychedelic drug used in hospitals as an anesthetic and recreationally for its dissociative effects, seems to help people view their…

YOUR POOR PANDEMIC BRAIN

Your executive control center has helped your mental health survive the pandemic thus far. Here’s how to strengthen it for the future.

A lot has been written (including by this reporter) about the mental health toll of the pandemic, and for good reason. The latest numbers from the National Pulse Survey, a weekly mental health screen conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. …

Why ketamine is just right for these dissociative times

For legal reasons, I’ll just say the last time I did ketamine was not that long ago, at a house, with two friends, as we played gin rummy and chatted (about what, I do not remember). We each insufflated little bumps off my house key. Soon, the gin rummy stopped…

The Nuance

How expectation, emotion, and other neurocognitive factors affect our perception of pain

Imagine that you’re about to have a tooth pulled. Your dentist tells you that, unfortunately, the tooth’s roots are infected, and so the procedure is going to hurt. A lot. It can’t be helped.

Now imagine an alternate scenario. You still need that tooth pulled, but this time your dentist…

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