The announcement of the ongoing Adderall shortage last year by the FDA felt like a proverbial lightning bolt in the mental health community. Used for managing attention… Read more “The Adderall Shortage: A Reflection on Our Mental Health System”
Can we utilize this inherent neuroplasticity to our advantage in treating mental health conditions?
Research is beginning to say “Yes.” Studies have shown that interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, and even physical exercise can drive significant changes in the brain circuits related to mood regulation and stress response. What’s even more astounding is the fact that these changes are not just theoretical—they translate to real, noticeable improvements in patients’ symptoms and quality of life.
The evidence shows that patients receiving 15 mg/day of LMF for 30 days exhibited significantly greater reduction in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-17) scores and higher response rates compared to the placebo group. Additionally, a 12-month open extension trial indicated that 60% of initial non-responders eventually achieved remission with no serious adverse events.
Flavanols have already been shown to possibly function as anti-obesity agents. Here flavanol intervention restored memory among participants in lower tertiles of habitual diet quality.