Sleep is a hot topic these days, as researchers and finding out how important it is for our general health, particularly in a world that is going 24-hours and driven by computer/social networking that is never-ending.
Despite this 24 hour cycle, we are meant to sleep a large portion of our day, even if we would rather not do this. Sleep is important for energy, memory, weight regulation, and mood balance; without proper sleep, all these various areas of our day-to-day can suffer.
Find out if you are a lark or an owl…and if you have a sleep deficit, by filling out this interesting form on this website by a German sleep-researcher.
LARK OR OWL
In addition, if you need help wit sleep, there is a nice booklet on GOOD SLEEP HABITS or try the SLEEP HYGEINE RULES in THE GUIDE.
Eric Kandel’s article in the New York Times this week, echoes the comments made in by Dr. Jim Schulte in our recent conversation on psychiatry (<<<SEE THE VIDEO HERE>>>)
The chemistry of the brain, as complex as it is, is becoming increasingly understandable with the use of fMRI (this stands for functional MRI….a type of scan available only in research settings). We can visualize the areas of brain that activate or deactivate during certain moods or actions. In Dr. Kandel’s piece, he notes that these scans are now able to predict whether an individual’s depression is more likely to respond to talk-therapy or to medication.
The future of psychiatry will be forever changes by these types of imaging technologies and their potential for putting the brain’s hidden functions on display. They may even allow the unlocking of the idea of consciousness, one of the great mysteries of the universe.
John Searle on Consiousness
I have heard from several patients who are concerned about the recall of generic Wellbutrin XL 300mg tablets. The TEVA generic brand has been recalled because it is ‘weaker’ than the branded version. There is no danger with the medication, but for those patients who require this medication to control mood and who need to have consistent blood levels, it appears that the generic brand by TEVA is not adequate.
Other generic brands and other dosages are all considered fine right now and they are being checked more closely.
If you are doing well on your current dosing of medication, there is no cause for concern and no reason to change at this time. If, however, you feel your medication of this particular dose is ineffective, be in touch to get an alternative.