Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Depression can occur at any time of year. However, for many, winter represents the most vulnerable time. Changes in sunlight, temperature, changes in the brain and body’s internal chemistry, and the stress of the Holidays can all play a role. In some ways, Winter Depression is built into our biology – [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Baltimore Psychiatrist, Depression, Stress|Comments Off on Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

How to Break Out of Default Mode

What Depression Looks Like in the Brain:  Stuck in Default Mode (and How to Break Out of It) Even though depression is usually referred to as a chemical imbalance, it is actually an imbalance in networks of interconnecting regions of the brain. Specifically, sophisticated new brain imaging studies reveal that depression shows up in the [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|Depression|Comments Off on How to Break Out of Default Mode

Newer Antidepressants: The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants

The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants by Dr. Neal Ranen, M.D. Baltimore Psychiatrist I previously reviewed antidepressants known as SSRI’s and SNRI’s that work as reuptake inhibitors (see June 27, 2010 blog). This mechanism of action allows serotonin and norepinephrine to remain available long after release, increasing the likelihood that they will occupy docking stations, or receptor`s, on [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Depression|Comments Off on Newer Antidepressants: The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants