Neuroscience of Anxiety: Simplified

What’s going on in the brain when one experiences anxiety? Let’s explore the brain chemistry behind anxiety, related symptoms, and how anti-anxiety medications actually work. While anxiety is a complex condition that we still don’t know about, there are certain neuroscience concepts that I’ve summarized to help better explain what we do know about this mental illness. Continue reading Neuroscience of Anxiety: Simplified

Neuroscience of Depression: Simplified

What’s actually going on in the brain when one experiences depression? Let’s explore the brain chemistry behind depression, related symptoms, and how antidepressant medications actually work. While depression is a complex condition that we still don’t know everything about, there are certain neuroscience concepts that I’ve broken down to help better explain what we do know about this mental illness. Continue reading Neuroscience of Depression: Simplified

Untold Stories of Addiction: Opioids

It’s my privilege to discuss the following topics: the “opioid epidemic,” effects of opioids & common precursors to addiction, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), how methadone works, and lessons I’ve learned as a MAT counselor. I hope this post provides you with a sense of what individuals who struggle with opioid dependence may experience. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Opioids