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Where do memories live?
The gut–brain connection
“The gut is often described as a ‘second brain’. In fact, the walls of our gut are lined with about 10 million neurons. Known as the enteric nervous system, our gut can work independently of the central nervous system, the processing centre that includes the brain and spinal cord. That means your brain doesn’t have to get involved with the messy daily grind of digestion and excretion. Our two ‘brains’ communicate via the vagus nerve, one of the 12 major nerves that link the body to the brain. Messages from the gut to the brain (and vice versa) travel through this information superhighway, and research is ongoing into this gut–brain connection.
A growing body of research suggests that our microbes also communicate with our brain. Gut bacteria could influence brain chemistry through various pathways. Gut microbes produce neurotransmitters—chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA that transmit messages to the brain. Our microbiome also influences the immune system, which itself impacts mood and behaviour.”
Communication happens many different ways. A few ways the gut and brain communicate are as follows:
1. Microbes interact with immune cells in the gut. This prompts the cells to make cytokines (proteins used in cell signalling) that circulate to the brain through the bloodstream.
2. Microbes also interact with gut cells called enteroendocrine cells that produce neuroactive molecules. These molecules interact with the vagus nerve, which sends signals to the brain.
3. Microbes produce neurotransmitters and chemical compounds called metabolites (such as butyrate) that circulate to the brain. If they are small enough, they can cross the blood–brain barrier, while others alter cell activity at the barrier.
Conditions That Change Your Brain Some changes in diet can really help people with schizophrenia. Here’s a look at some foods to consider, and a couple to avoid.
The Primitive Brain
“Human behaviour is not always rational. In times of stress or crisis, deep-seated instincts well up from deep within and take over our awareness. Such events involve the ‘primitive brain’, which is based mainly in a series of parts known as the Limbic System.”
“The limbic system influences subconscious, instinctive behaviour, similar to animal responses that relate to survival and reproduction. In humans, many of these innate, early-evolved ‘primitive’ behaviours are modified by conscious, thoughtful considerations found in upper regions of the brain, as we take into account moral, social and cultural codes, and the results of our actions. However, primal urges sometimes prevail, and this is when the limbic system and associated structures take over. At other times they play lesser, but still complex and important roles in the expression of instincts, drives and emotions.”
ℹ🌿 ARE PTSD AND COMPLEX TRAUMA THE SAME? No They Are Not |
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If you are a survivor, family member, friend or partner, we hope you will find the information useful. While the pages talk about the nature of trauma and abuse, and how it can affect people, they also focus on the strengths and resilience of surviving, and the importance of connection and relationships. Importantly they discuss possibilities for recovery, and a ‘trauma-informed’ approach to care.
Some sections may be particularly interesting for professionals as they focus on research and treatment."
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Spanking May Affect Children’s Brain Development In Similar Ways To Abuse, Study Suggests Parents spanking children has rapidly fallen in popularity in recent decades, as science continues to show that it may not be the best form of punishment f
Help learn which treatments work for every chronic medical condition StuffThatWorks is crowdsourcing patient reported outcome data to learn which treatments work best for chronic conditions. Join the community based participatory research.
Anger can be one of the most challenging emotions that we work with.
Clients are sometimes afraid of their anger. Or, maybe they consider it inappropriate to even feel this way at all.
But anger can actually be an asset to our clients . . . as long as it’s channeled properly.
So how can we help clients express their anger more effectively? It begins by helping them understand how anger is triggered, and what happens in the body and brain.
We thought it would be helpful for you to have a way to illustrate this for your clients.
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain People who show low social engagement over long periods of time often show reductions in cognitive function. Studies of the brain may provide clues about this correlation.
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease Five Years Before Its Onset A Quebec research team has discovered two early plasma markers to detect Alzheimer's disease five years before its onset.
Why We Really Make New Year’s Resolutions - Zur Institute It almost seems a given. As the new year approaches, ripe with possibility and promise, we resolve to make New Year's resolutions.
The su***de rate in the U.S. has been steadily increasing over the past two decades. In 2018 alone, more than 48,000 Americans died by su***de. Learn what NIMH is doing to reduce the su***de rate by 20% by 2025: https://go.usa.gov/xw8Ug
ISTSS - Friday Fast Facts: Medical Trauma We know that most people who experience a trauma recover and do well. However, some people do develop persistent traumatic stress reactions after a life-threatening illness, injury or life-altering diagnoses.
ISTSS - COVID-19 Resources ISTSS seeks to contribute to the health and resilience of people and communities in the face of traumatic events by providing the very best educational materials possible.
Nurturing our mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic Yesterday, I presented a FREE live streaming webcast discussing how we can nurture our mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neural circuit that drives physical responses to emotional stress discovered - Neuroscience News Researchers have identified a brain circuit that drives physical response to emotional stress. The circuit begins in the dorsal peduncular cortex and dorsal tenia tecta, before sending signals to the hypothalamus. The findings could help with the development of treatments for panic disorders and PTS...
How to Train Your Mind to Lower Anxiety Practice research-tested ways of thinking that serve you well.
Brain Integration Therapies is offering services at the reduced rate of $25 per session. This price break has allowed clients to access additional support when needed. The reduced-fee structure will continue as planned through May 31st.
Are you feeling stuck in survival mode? Evidence-based therapies like ACT can help us develop acceptance and skills to help us grow. Check out our therapists at BokettoCenter.com to learn more.
Thanks @k.leonardmurali.psychotherapy for this awesome info graph!
Mind-Body Therapies for Vagus Nerve Disorders | Dr. Arielle Schwartz You can learn to manage the symptoms of vagus nerve disorders by skillfully working with your mind and body to tone your vagus nerve. Mind-body therapies effectively increase your resilience by helping you develop your capacity to feel safe, calm, and connected—even during times of stress. Dr. Sch...
How stress can cause a fever A neuronal pathway that governs stress-induced hyperthermia.
The Neuroscience of Fibromyalgia: Causes, Diagnosis and Potential Treatments In this article, we will take an in-depth look at fibromyalgia: what it is, what causes it, and how researchers recommend finding relief.
Sound Therapy and the Vagus Nerve - The Sound Healer The Vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the brain and travels all the way down to the lower internal organs...
If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is Now Four simple steps to return to a ‘rest and digest’ state
Watch the Human Brain Come to Life in This Stunning Piece of Art Drawn and etched with algorithms, Greg Dunn’s masterpiece is unique in more ways than one
4 rituals proven by neuroscience to make you happy You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Trust neuroscience.
NIMH » NIMH to Host Multimodal Brain Stimulation Speaker Series Beginning May 31, 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will launch a speaker series intended to bring together leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG, fMRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
A science-backed trick to reduce fear and anxiety takes just 30 seconds and a pen Relief may be just a word away.
Three myths about the brain (that deserve to die) Three brain myths are repeated on an almost daily basis in news stories around the world. Let's consider them one by one in the hopes that we can finally squash them.
Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten - BBC News Everything you know about memory may be wrong.
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Cognitive-Behavioral therapy for adolescents, individuals & families.
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