Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain's chemical messengers.
Dopamine is associated with physical movement, memory, alertness, attention, emotions and perception Think of dopamine as the reward and pleasure center of the brain.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is more common than you think, however it often goes undiagnosed because many people think of this as a childhood issue. Children who exhibit symptoms of ADD are easy to recognize but we tend to dismiss the symptoms in adults as just having too much on our plate or too many responsibilities.
As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.
Research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
Many people start the New Year off with a list of personal goals and they have good intentions to follow through and successfully accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people actually achieve their goals. These successful people know that there is a planning process that starts with defining the goal, with the successful outcome in mind.
Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits involved in forming habits. Dr. Elisha Goldstein, clinical psychologist, describes how a mindfulness practice can be used to curb bad habits.
A mindfulness practice is one of the techniques that can be used to train your brain to let go of old bad habits and create new good habits. With brain training techniques such as mindfulness, you’re able to break the automatic response by creating awareness of triggers, thoughts and body sensations that are associated with that habit.
Cognitive decline starts in the 30’s, is gradual and the subtle changes are often not picked up until significant cognitive parameters have decreased. However, getting a brain “check-up” has been shown to be effective when symptoms are addressed early.