Can Pure Grit Cure “Chronic Social Defeat Stress?”

Chronic social defeat stress is probably not a term you have heard of when the topic of depression comes up. I believe that the term is spot on when you hear about how depression is growing at an accelerated rate in our world. Yep, we have an epidemic on our hands, especially as more doctors are prescribing the “magic pills” such as opioids that for the most part are masking the depression symptoms. Not many people know that there is No endpoint that has been defined for the treatment of depression, making it hard for patients to know if they have been cured. I read about this term in a 2018 Scientific Article entitled, CAN A PILL THAT BOOSTS “RESILIENCE” TREAT DEPRESSION? — A clinical trial tests a new way to reverse the psychiatric disorder. The article first talks about how many self-help books are out there that preach how we can beat this dark disorder with better diets, more exercise, and meditation and working on gaining resilience with pure grit. For many, especially those who are being fed opioids to reduce their anxiety and depression, many are not clear enough to have the sense of self needed to sit with SELF and work through these symptoms. Neuroscientists are learning the story is not quite so simple, and that some people are likely better equipped from birth to deal with adversity. During the last 15 years, discoveries about why some brains excel at resisting stress have initiated a search for new drugs to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder by enhancing psychological resilience. One of these compounds has now entered early-stage clinical trials. If the drug is safe and works, it will undoubtedly encounter strong demand; depression—the world’s leading cause of mental disability—never enters full remission in more than half the patients treated with psychotherapies and existing antidepressants. Looking inside the brains of animals exposed to chronic social defeat stress, the scientists observed hyperactive firing of neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a critical part of a reward circuit. When things go awry, this manic firing of cells in the VTA contributes to the lack of motivation experienced in depression. New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital has become a nexus for resilience research, with studies conducted by several laboratories on both the psychology and neurobiology of adapting to stress. In 2014 pharmacologist and neuroscientist Ming-Hu Han and a group of his Mount Sinai colleagues published a paper in Science showing how out-of-whack electrical signaling in neurons populating the brain’s reward system could explain why some lab animals were susceptible to depression whereas others remained resilient. TED Fellow Dr. Rebecca Brachman, a pioneer in the field of preventative psychopharmacology, is focusing on developing drugs to enhance...

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RE-SILENCE – THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES), toxic stress/PTSD are topics are more in the forefront than ever. Scientists continue to learn how ACES affect children and adults and are looking into how science can alleviate the effects. One thing I do not understand is why there are not more health practitioners focusing on aces. For example, why are so many therapists pushing meds to these individuals, practicing CBT, or putting them through the costly procedure called TMS, a so-called noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. This is about trauma in the DNA. I do not believe that a majority of the medical community, especially therapists, know how to help trauma patients and need to know more about how to help the individuals be more resilient such as what somatic experience practitioners focus...

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Forbes Health Care Predictions For 2019

  Healthcare technology predictions by Forbes is no surprise. In 2019, health care information technology (HIT) in the U.S. will continue to be transformed by external forces from around the world. To be honest, the whole of health care is feeling the pain of this evolution, and there are challenges that need to be met head-on. I believe we need to have more patience with healthcare technology and understand that AI, the transition from data centers to the cloud are not going to happen overnight, and cyber security attacks are going to continue to accelerate, especially as electronic medical records are on the ride. The fact that health care is going mobile will be good for the industry since 1 in 5 American adults only use their cell phones are internet users. Sure, we are seeing some instant gratification with health going more digital. But this will be a process. hashtag#healthare hashtag#digtalhealthcare hashtag#AI...

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AI-enabled Chrome Extension Hides Toxic Comments to Reduce Your Stress

 NOW THIS IS COOL!   THIS IS SO NEEDED!   WE NEED MORE COMPANIES TO UNDERSTAND HOW LANGUAGE CAN AFFECT OUR NERVOUS SYSTEMS! Not many people realize that looking into their screens cause stress/anxiety, especially for children under the age of 8. Great strides have been made by the Google Chrome Extension to take out toxic comments. Google Chrome extension is taking the help of artificial intelligence. The new Chrome extension, called Tune, automatically hides comments that its Perspective AI considers toxic. As Cnet reports, the tool works for comments on Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Disqus. Developed by Alphabet’s Jigsaw, Tune’s Perspective AI learns to flag negative comments from thousands of people labelling millions of posts as spam, harassment or obscene content. Once a comment is identified as toxic, Tune can adjust the visibility of such comments. Website moderators can choose from complete silence in ‘Zen Mode’ to viewing everything without any filter. You can further choose to adjust the comment based on the site. For instance, you can choose to disable the tool for Facebook and enable it for Reddit. (ANI)  ...

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The “Toxic” Behind Childhood Trauma

Here is a powerful statement from the article attached: Imagine identifying a toxin so potent it could rewire a child’s brain and erode his immune system. A substance that, in high doses, tripled the risk of heart disease and lung cancer and reduced life expectancy by 20 years. And then realizing that tens of millions of American children had been exposed. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s newly appointed surgeon general, will tell you this is not a hypothetical scenario. She is a leading voice in a movement trying to transform our understanding of how the traumatic experiences that affect so many American children can trigger serious physical and mental illness. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s newly appointed surgeon general, will tell you this is not a hypothetical scenario. She is a leading voice in a movement trying to transform our understanding of how the traumatic experiences that affect so many American children can trigger serious physical and mental illness. She envisions a statewide approach whereby screening for traumatic stress is routine and children with high ACEs scores have access to services that can build resilience to help their bodies reset.   Unraveling Childhood...

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