Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury: Can Mindfulness Help?

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It can happen in the blink of an eye . . . . . . a healthy person on the way to work is suddenly blindsided by another car, and the aftermath can impact not only the driver, but her family and friends as well. Months, maybe even years of surgery, physical therapy, care giving, and treatment may follow and, in the case of traumatic brain injury (TBI), lingering depression may result. That’s why Michel Bédard, PhD, and fellow researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine wanted to look at the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to reduce…

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Using Mindfulness to Change the Brain: A Different Way to Deal with Pain

It’s probably safe to say that most people have experienced pain at some point in their lives, be it acute or chronic. . . . . . and many of us have heard the phrase “mind over matter,” but when it comes to pain, does it actually work? It turns out that there is a certain area of the brain that plays a big role in pain response. And according to Kelly McGonigal, there’s one simple way you can help client’s train their brain to deal with pain more effectively. I hope you’ll check it out. It’s only 4 minutes….

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Brain Science Has No Borders: Changing Brains (and Transforming Lives) Around the World

Brain science is one of the most fertile areas that we, as practitioners, have right now to help our patients . . . . . . from improving relationships, to strengthening focus, and turning negative experiences into positive ones, the benefits of brain change are astounding. And better yet, the pool of knowledge about neuroplasticity is growing every day – which means so many more life-changing discoveries are yet to come. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from world-renowned brain science experts, and each and every one of them had valuable suggestions for keeping the brain in top shape….

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Why The Brain Series Means So Much To Me

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Have you ever felt like you were meant to do something? I guess you could say it’s a calling, or maybe just an instinct. For me, it came in the summer of 2005 . . . . . . the three people I was closest to were all touched by some kind of negative neuroplasticity – their brains were sick. My mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, my father had just had viral encephalitis, and my dear partner had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I had always been very interested in the brain because I knew that it…

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A Four Step Strategy for Training Your Brain to Better Understand Your Emotions

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It’s not uncommon to get a little swept up in the overwhelming feeling that often accompanies a busy schedule and an ever-growing to-do list. But often, when it comes to being productive, or even just maintaining a general sense of overall well-being, simply ignoring that feeling and pressing onward just isn’t the answer. That’s why I wanted to pass this along to you. It’s a four-step strategy from Dan Siegel, MD that we can use to slow our brain down and really connect with what we’re feeling – he calls it SIFTing the mind . . . . . ….

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How Your Brain “Grows Up”: Brain Change from Adolescence to Adulthood

Growing up, do you remember counting down the days until your 18th birthday? For many of us, 18 meant adulthood and, most importantly, freedom from the rules and restrictions that often come along with adolescence . . . . . . rules meant to protect teenagers from what we might think of as risky or impulsive behavior. According to Dan Siegel, MD, these behaviors may have to do with the structure of the teenage brain. In this video, he explains one fundamental change that happens in the brain during adolescence, and why it may hold the key to understanding the…

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