A brain-based approach to understanding and treating mental illness and suicide prevention

Emotions and mental functioning are influenced by a network of interconnected structures in the brain that make up what is called the limbic system. They play a powerful role in tuning our perception, informing our experience, guiding our decisions and shaping our actions. How they contribute to anxiety, fear, depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessions, and compulsions can be understood along dimensions of brain circuit functioning in with regard to emotion, motivation and the regulation of effects.

Using neuroscience measurements and methods to study the emotional brain and how it changes over a lifetime and fluctuates with stress, researchers from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center combine laboratory readings with psychopharmacology, neuromodulation and intervention testing to assess and improve the functioning of brain circuits.

With a better understanding of the disordered physiological processes inherent in nervous systems with abnormal mental states, they can innovate strategies to prevent the progression of mental illness and treat more patients better and faster and keep them healthy for longer. long periods.

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