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  • One example of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the phobia related to germs and leads to a person disinfecting and cleaning everything obsessively.
  • It is already problematic for many and is now amplified due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • A person who is fanatic about sanitizing is having OCD if it is accompanied by constant anxiety and distress.
  • One in every 100 adults suffer from this disorder in the U.S., and it may be genetic.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often develops in creative and intelligent people and is not limited to being obsessive about sanitizing everything.

People develop compulsive behaviours about leaving their house unlocked, or leaving the car light on. People can have obsessive sexual thoughts or be extremely God-fearing. The common thread is that they are stuck in a โ€˜thought loop', a constant state of anxiety.

Some people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) develop repetitive activities like tapping, fiddling or blinking, usually a form of body movement or action that provides them with some relief.

People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) themselves are aware that their constant anxiety and compulsions are irrational, and the relief they provide is temporary, but the urge is so intense that they are helpless.

Our brain structure, just like our genes, can make us vulnerable to OCD. Some types of minds are always pursuing certainty and perfection, not knowing that it is impossible to attain 100 percent of anything at all times.

As the compulsion is never given any permanent relief, there is a need to constantly repeat the action.

OCD is often misdiagnosed by medical professionals as depression, anxiety or even bipolar disorder. When it is recognized for what it is, the most effective treatment is EPR, or exposure and response therapy, which is similar to CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy).

ERP therapy exposes the patient to situations and thoughts that cause anxiety while controlling the urge to perform the compulsive action. It is effective in about 66% of people and is often clubbed with certain medication.

The noise in our brains

With record-high instances of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in the United States, and likely elsewhere, we still think antidepressants can be used to relieve some of the damage. But this may not be true. The use of antidepressants has inadvertently left many less able to feel empathy toward others, laugh, cry, dream, and enjoy life when we need it most.

A theory of brain function involving serotonin may point a way forward for effective treatment.

Impressive results have been found by using psychedelics, such as the psilocybin found in "magic mushrooms." A 2017 study showed a decrease in depressive symptoms of treatment-resistant individuals one week after their dose.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging used during the process shows that the mechanism of action is directly related to the increase in spontaneous brain fluctuations.

When our mind wanders, sleeps, or is under anaesthesia, our neurons are still firing all over the brain.

But through trauma, our spontaneous fluctuations can fall into negative resting-state patterns, almost like water that runs into a ditch. Antidepressants either cut off this water flow or reduce the functional connectivity, leaving around 70 percent of people who take antidepressants feeling an "emotional numbness".

Research shows that REM dreaming plays a vital role in regulating negative emotions and depression. Dreaming increases spontaneous fluctuations.

However, antidepressants, anti-anxiety agents, and many sleeping pills interfere with REM sleep and dreaming.

Neuroscientists have found that cognitive fluctuations are not only tolerated by neurons but that neurons amplify them and use the noisiness to create novel solutions to complex problems.

Researchers use studies of this noise in the brain to approach mental health treatment in new ways. Instead of reducing the noise with antidepressants, they are trying to increase them. This led to marked improvements and significant relief from depression and anxiety.

With so many people dealing with mental health issues, we need safe and reliable mental health solutions.

Getting plenty of REM sleep and having dreams unhindered by alcohol, ibuprofen can help. Even looking at natural fractals, like trees and plants, can contribute to flux therapy.

Brunch - a culinary tradition
  • Some food historians think that the meal has its roots in England's hunt breakfasts - a multi-course meal with goodies such as chicken livers, eggs, meats, bacon, fresh fruit, and sweets.
  • Others think that Sunday brunch comes from the practice of Catholics fasting before mass and then sitting down for a big midday meal.
  • Then some trace the origins of classic brunch dishes to New York's dining spots.

The word "brunch" first appeared in print in an 1895 Hunter's Weekly article. The author suggested an alternative to the post-church Sunday meals favouring a lighter meal served late in the morning.

Brunch is a tradition that became popular in the United States in the 1930s. After WWII, large numbers of American married women entered the workforce. But they needed some relief on Sunday, thus the rise in popularity of Sunday brunch.

Right-Handed Vs Left Handed

Human hand preference is predictably a biological and genetic (hereditary) phenomenon, but we see that 85 percent of people are right-handed.

Researchers have identified the specific gene (D Gene) that occurs more commonly among the population which responsible for promoting right-hand preference. The C gene, which is less likely to occur within our gene pool, creates a coin-toss chance of an individual being left or right-handed.

Just like the weather, nature made sure that there are enough influencing factors that cause changes in hand-preference, like external, societal and cultural pressures, to result in various possible genetic combinations and chance influences.

This makes the entire process of hand preference unpredictable by design.

A 1999 study that stated that consuming eggs can lead to cardiovascular disease(CVD) has now been updated. An extensive new study clearly shows no link between egg consumption and CVD risk.

Moderate consumption of eggs is healthy for us.

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