New mental health discoveries about addiction, anxiety and depression
New research finds that the hippocampus may yield important clues for a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression.
The hippocampus is an area of the brain commonly linked with memory and dementia.
But new U of T Scarborough research finds that it may also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression.
The research, authored by a team of neuroscientists, found that a specific part of the hippocampus could play an important role in emotional regulation, a finding that calls into question our understanding of how exactly this part of the brain works.
Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180414171606.htm
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Thank you, ladybug, for this very interesting information. I’ll bet MY hippocampus is out of whack, since I’ve suffered for years with anxiety. Will look into this! In the meantime, I’m doing over-the-counter recommended remedies in an effort to feel better: magnesium, vitamin B-12 under the tongue, etc. Geeeez!!
I am glad you found the information helpful. There is so much hopeful research continuing and I feel confident a way will be found to help anxiety and depression without drugs that have so many side effects. Good for you to being pro-active! I hope to continue to send information about new brain research to Mayo Connect so that folks can know that there are dedicated people searching for answers and bringing sunshine back into their lives.
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