‘Determination’ can be induced by electrical brain stimulation

Doctors in the US have induced feelings of intense determination in two men by stimulating a part of their brains with gentle electric currents.

The men were having a routine procedure to locate regions in their brains that caused epileptic seizures when they felt their heart rates rise, a sense of foreboding, and an overwhelming desire to persevere against a looming hardship.

The remarkable findings could help researchers develop treatments for depression and other disorders where people are debilitated by a lack of motivation.

 

Thicker brain sections tied to spirituality

For people at high risk of depression because of a family history,  spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints.

Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was  “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion.

“Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new imaging techniques we can begin to see this,” Myrna Weissman told  Reuters Health. “The brain is an extraordinary organ. It not only controls, but is controlled by our moods.”

Mindfulness therapy as good as medication for chronic depression

Comment:   this article shows how the mind can be as effective as drugs when combatting depression. Also, though not mentioned, so can prayer and scripture (reading, meditating)—perhaps even more so.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said on Tuesday.

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally.

Treatment usually involves either medication, some form of psychotherapy or a combination of both. Yet many patients fail to get better and suffer recurring bouts of illness.

 

 

 

 

Scientists find secret of reversing bad memories

Editorial: If this new technology/therapy below becomes attainable, do you think it will be the optimal method/way to overcome unpleasant  memories?  Optilife-3D does not.  Considering that virtually every day brings anxiety and potential bad memories, nothing we do while alive (and sane) will erase ALL these events.  We believe having the optimal philosophical/spiritual perspective is the key to continual joy and contentment—regardless of what life brings.  Refer to our ‘spirit’ section for possible helps, and a guarantee at least, that we’ll provide you a simple way to consider life’s biggest questions, and how to find those answers most easily.

Bad memories of past trauma can leave people emotionally scarred for life.  But now neuroscientists believe they can erase feelings of fear or anxiety attached to stressful events, in a breakthrough which could help treat depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.  Researchers at MIT, US, have discovered which brain circuits attach emotions to memories, and crucially, how to reverse the link.