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Brain SPECT Imaging in Complex Psychiatric Cases: An Evidence-Based, Underutilized Tool

Research Article From: PMC, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Open Neuroimag J. 2011; 5: 40–48. Published online 2011 Jul 28. doi:  10.2174/1874440001105010040 By: Daniel G Amen, Manuel Trujillo, Andrew Newberg, Kristen Willeumier, Robert Tarzwell, Joseph C Wu and Barry Chaitin Abstract Over the past 20 years brain Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging has developed a substantial, evidence-based foundation and is now [...]

Signs & Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Article From: Valley Behavioural Health System Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger. The disorder is typified by hostility, impulsivity, and recurrent aggressive outbursts. People with IED essentially “explode” into a rage despite a lack of apparent provocation or reason. Individuals suffering from intermittent explosive disorder [...]

On the effects of testosterone on brain behavioral functions

By Peter Celec, Daniela Ostatníková and Július Hodosy Abstract Testosterone influences the brain via organizational and activational effects. Numerous relevant studies on rodents and a few on humans focusing on specific behavioral and cognitive parameters have been published. The results are, unfortunately, controversial and puzzling. Dosing, timing, even the application route seem to considerably [...]

Sleep-Related Eating Disorders

By R. Robert Auger, MD Abstract Although they share similar features, there are important differences between nocturnal eating syndrome and sleep-related eating disorder, which can be elucidated with a careful history and evaluation. While the former is best characterized as an eating disorder with associated insomnia, the latter is classified as a parasomnia, and [...]

ADHD and Sexual Dysfunction

Focusing on sex can pay off By Stephen J. Betchen, D.S.W., is the author of the book Magnetic Partners. ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that is hereditary and lifelong. Approximately 5% of the adult population are said to have it. While many believe it is over-diagnosed in children, it may be under-diagnosed in adults. This is because [...]

Cardiovascular Side Effects of New Antidepressants and Antipsychotics: New Drugs, old Concerns?

By Pal Pacher and Valeria Kecskemeti Abstract The cardiovascular toxicity of older generation of tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. imipramine, desipramine, amitriptyline, clomipramine) and neuroleptics (e.g. haloperidol, droperidol, thioridazine, pimozide) is well established. These drugs inhibit cardiovascular Na+, Ca2+ and K+ channels often leading to life-threatening arrhythmia. To overcome the toxicity of old generation of antidepressants and [...]

Brain boosting: It’s not just grey matter that matters

By Teal Burrell Inside your head, another brain is hiding in plain sight – one that responds to your cognitive needs and self-heals. It’s time to make the most of your myelin RECENTLY, my friend’s cable TV went out. She fiddled with the box: resetting, unplugging and re-plugging. When that failed, she called the cable [...]