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Podcast Review: Insomnia, Brain Fog and The Depression Connection by Dr. Kharrazian

I LOVED this podcast.  Over the past few years, I’ve spent hours and hours trying to understand how our brain chemicals work together, how they communicate with other hormones like cortisol (stress hormone), insulin, adrenaline and others.  I’ve wanted to understand better what’s going on inside my kids bodies, and why, especially some of their out-of-the-box phenomena (like why my son would never notice when he was hungry, just when he had sugar cravings).  This podcast put together everything I have learned over the years (studying a university level Biological Psychology text book, reading medical journal articles, reviewing the mechanism of action of anti-depressants, and ADHD meds, and the genes that are believed to govern how they work in our bodies).  In one hour, Dr Kharrazian pulled together all that I’d started to understand, then amazed me with how the pieces all fit together.  Here are a few nuggets:

-For individuals whose depression included interrupted sleep in the middle of the night, there’s frequently a blood sugar regulation problem.    As blood sugar levels decrease, adrenaline is increased, as well as cortisol.  Higher cortisol levels are one of our bodies cues to wake up.

-In Depression with physical fatigue there’s frequently a thyroid imbalance, anemia,

Depression with inability to follow through can be more related to the brain chemical dopamine, rather than serotonin.  We tend to think of serotonin when we think of mood.  Those with dopamine related depression will do very poorly on the wholistic treatments that raise serotonin. (Ex. 5-htp)

-Depression with anxiety is often

Podcast #334:
Insomnia, Brain Fog, and The Depression Connection.


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