Your Behavior and Your Brain – Brain-based Medical Adventures

A Lot Can Be Told About You by How You Look and Behave

We live in our brain. So, if your brain is healthy, you appear to others as attractive and healthy. When your brain falls apart, you fall apart and your appearance and your behavior show it. How does all this work? It’s a fascinating topic. (Most recent site update on March 2, 2024.)

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Welcome

Welcome to the Neuroscience Research and Development Consultancy website. If you would like more information about any of the topics we cover on our site, or if you have a question. a comment, or a critique, please send it to us at: Comment@NeuroSciRandD.com

• schizophrenia 
• Alzheimer’s disease
• autism
• PTSD
• Parkinson’s disease
• bipolar disorder
• epilepsy
• stroke
• depression
• panic disorder
• multiple sclerosis
• migraine
• ADHD

New or Updated pages as of March 2, 2024:

ADHD Treatment (FREE PAGE)
British Columbia’s Mental Health Care – Free Page (FREE PAGE)
Doctors’ Poems (FREE PAGE)
Predicting Your Risk for Dementia (subscriber-only page)
Early Psychosis Intervention To Prevent Schizophrenia (subscriber-only page)
Clozapine Would Be the Best Schizophrenia Medication (subscriber-only page)

There’s Good News About the Medical Conditions We Discuss

  • We’re nearing the point of being able to prevent schizophrenia.
  • There’s continuing progress in delaying or maybe even preventing Alzheimer’s.
  • Fewer depressions are treatment-resistant with the new medications available.
  • Advances have made treating multiple sclerosis more successful more often.
  • With stroke awareness campaigns, mobile stroke units, and active rehabilitation centers, more strokes are treated quickly and permanent disability is avoided.

What “Bad Behavior, Bad Brain” Means

Practicing neurologists have a “rule of thumb”. Bad behavior, bad brain. Now, a rule of thumb is defined as a useful principle that applies in most situations most if the time, but it’s not meant to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation. Bad behavior, bad brain means that if someone is behaving badly, as a starting point a physician should look at their brain, because often that’s where the problem is. We’d like to say good behavior, good brain, but that’s not true. Sadly, there are many people with perfectly good brains that are awful criminals.

We Continue Helping by Providing Good Information

We founded the Neuroscience Research & Development Consultancy eight years ago, in 2015. The consultancy provides answers to questions, trustworthy explanations, and discussions about the medical conditions we know best. We get emails from people explaining what’s going on with them and their physician, and asking if it makes sense. We write back. Sometimes what’s going on makes sense, sometimes not. It’s almost like a personal medical second opinion.

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Interesting Stories and Discussions

For example, don’t miss the true story of the Lady with Worms Crawling Out of Her Skin.

A Bit More Introduction About These Brain-Based Medical Conditions

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Schizophrenia

We explain schizophrenia, what causes it, what it is, and early signs that it might be starting. We go into describing later symptoms as it continues and worsens and discuss how long it lasts and whether a person can ever stop their medications. We provide descriptions of the “negative symptoms” of schizophrenia, different from the usual positive delusion and hallucination symptoms everyone knows about. And, schizophrenia is different in men and women. In addition, there’s a free page on treatments for schizophrenia.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease remains a medical mystery despite everyone feeling that we know a lot about it. We do know the early warning signs and the symptoms that are the main problems in Alzheimer’s. And that the brain changes start as many as twenty years before any symptoms, even the mildest symptoms, appear. It’s interesting to know that Alzheimer’s symptoms are different for women and men. And while medical science might be confused about what causes it, the science is more certain about ways to minimize the risk of getting it.

And here’s a link to a heartwarming but sad poem about dementia, “My Own Blood”. We think you’ll like it. It’s one of those that make you smile and cry at the same time.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a strange one, the medical condition that used to be called manic depression. The mood state of mania proves one unusual point: yes, you really can feel too good. Bipolar disorder is treatable, with many, many effective medications that all have good safety records.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder, while frightening when it first appears (damnation, you feel like it might literally scare you to death!), it’s not fatal and it really is readily treatable. Those panic attacks (really the worst super-bad anxiety attacks) can be quieted. What works fastest and best is a combination of medication and therapy or medication and just education. And getting it treated should be no problem. It’s a well understood medical condition. There are many good treatments, many medications, and many highly effective therapies. You can learn to calm the panic attacks and not let them worry you.

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Depression

When we talk about depression, we mean the real medical disorder, a serious clinical medical depression. It’s a whole different mental state than what we might call the “Sunday afternoon blues”. The good news is that serious depression, even long-standing, treatment-resistant depression, can be treated much more easily and readily these days. We have new tools, better than in the past. But understand that while the medications we have for depression do work, but not all medications for depression work for all depressed people. Some trial and error is needed initially but eventually almost everyone succeeds at getting better.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It starts in childhood. But it often doesn’t stop after childhood or adolescence, lingering on into adult years for most people. A recent finding is that it can vary in severity from time to time, less noticeable at some times but then more severe at other times. Also, as the years go by, it can interfere with life much less during some intervals but then be more of a problem at other times. The good news is that, if diagnosed and treated correctly, it can provide a person with a great many benefits and skills. We describe the several recommended medications and valuable therapies.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy, this it, a seizure disorder, is really common. Everyone knows about epilepsy. Physicians know how to treat epilepsy. Though, of course, a specially-trained and experienced neurologist, an epileptologist, is the best in this area. And, it usually responds well to one of the many available effective medical treatments.

Parkinson’s Disease

A huge amount of Parkinson’s disease research has been done and continues. Now there are new and better medications and formulations, and more on the way. Gracious and conscientious famous people have helped to educate the public and have generously funded a lot of new research.

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Morning Migraine

Migraine

If you have migraines you’re lucky to be alive at his particular time in medical history. We’ve seen a revolution in migraine treatment during the past several years. With our greatly increased understanding of migraines, we’ve found new designs for medications so that they work better and, in addition to treating headaches, we have better medications now to prevent headaches.

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We All Enjoy Brain-active (Psychoactive) Beverages and Smokes

Tea, coffee, wine, whiskey, beer. Pick your poison, as they say. Or smokables, cigarettes and marijuana. Each contains specially-shaped agents that fit into receptors in our brain, like baseballs sliding into a catcher’s mitt. The psychoactive agents are caffeine in coffee, theophylline in tea, ethanol in beer, wine, and whiskey, nicotine in cigarettes, and THC in marijuana. You intake the molecules into your body they travel in your bloodstream to your brain. There they find their nerve cell receptors into which they fit. And boom, like magic, it feels good.

The human need is comfort.  (See our Old World Cabbage Roll recipe.) 

If You’re Puzzled by our Name, You’re Not Alone

Many readers are puzzled by our name. They write to us asking, “Why did you name yourself Neuroscience Research and Development Consultancy, or NeuroSci R&D Consultancy? It’s pretty obscure.” They often suggest better names, like, “Ask the Brain Doc”, or ” Answers to the Medical Questions You Never Thought to Ask”. The curiosity with our name is understandable. The company was started nine years ago under very different circumstances and there have been several changes along the way. Unfortunately for us, we’ve not been able to keep changing our company name every time it takes a change in direction. We’re stuck because there are legal and financial consequences of too frequent company name changes. But all of that explained, you can call us anything you like. Whatever you call us, we like hearing from you.

Helpful links:

ClinicalTrials.gov, National Institutes of Health, US Library of Medicine

NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

NIH, the National Institute of Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC)

Mayo Clinic

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