Did You Know… #57

Researchers have discovered that hippocampal volume is smaller in chronically depressed patients and not in those who have recovered. And up to 18% smaller in women who had been abused as children. The mechanism underlying this finding is believed to be because stressful experiences release cortisol, the stress hormone, which in small doses readies us... Continue Reading →

Did You Know… #56

Researchers have shown that schizophrenic symptoms can be caused by two different microbes, Toxoplasma gondii and cytomegalovirus (CMV). This is not to imply that all schizophrenia is microbe-induced, but it does get across the point that the symptoms of mental illness are caused by pathology in the brain just as illnesses in the body are... Continue Reading →

Did You Know… #55

In recent years, discoveries have found that OCD symptoms can be caused by strep C throat infections. When children with strep throat became compulsive hand-washers, MRI scans showed their caudates had swollen 24%. The caudate is the part of the brain that allows our thoughts to flow. When given immune-suppressants, the childrens’ symptoms eased and... Continue Reading →

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