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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

The right combination of stomach microbes could be crucial for a healthy mind

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors that Mary felt compelled to perform. Even a litany of psychotropic medications didn’t make much difference. It seemed like nothing could stop the relentless nature of Mary’s disorder. Their last hope for Mary was Boston-area psychiatrist James Greenblatt. Arriving at his office in Waltham, MA, her parents had only one request: help us help Mary. >>Read More

ABC News

Anxiety In Your Head Could Come From Your Gut

Doctors and scientists are further exploring the connection between gut bacteria and mental health

Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, had a puzzling case: a teenager arrived in his office with severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and an array of digestive problems. “Mary’s parents had been running around for many years and she’d had a poor response to medicine,” said Greenblatt, founder of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources Inc. in Waltham, Mass. “When a patient doesn’t respond, that’s a red flag.” >>Read More

The Boston Globe

Probiotics on the brain

A growing number of scientists now believe that gut bacteria can influence mental health

“Thank you, you’ve never even met me and yet you’ve changed my life.” That was the sign-off in an e-mail from a man named Mike that arrived at the office of Dr. James Greenblatt, a psychiatrist and the chief medical officer of Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, on July 24. Greenblatt is not unused to such effusive gratitude, but usually it comes from his patients. >>Read More

Huffington Post

6 Surprising Ways to Boost the Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Over the past few decades, antidepressant use has risen exponentially

“Mindfulness, which is the act of engrossing oneself in the present moment, can help improve cognitive symptoms of depression such as distorted thinking behavior and difficulty with concentration,” Greenblatt says. “By training an individual’s mind to maintain focus on the present, it can help prevent the mind from wandering into negative thinking patterns that is often seen in depression.” >>Read More

Daily Mail

Low levels of healthy gut bacteria could be the cause of mental health issues such as ‘anxiety and schizophrenia’

Good bacteria: gut microbes are being linked to mental health issues

People suffering from anxiety, might just need to eat more ‘healthy’ bacteria. Some scientists think there may be a link between our digestive tract microbes and disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia and autism. They are beginning to recognize the power of healthy gut bacteria, especially seeing that the average adult carries up to five pounds of bacteria – trillions of microbes – in their digestive tract. >>Read More

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