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Host Dr. Andrea Wilkinson has a PhD in Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Aging. She has been studying brain fitness and cognitive maintenance for over 15 years. The BrainShape Podcast discusses the hottest issues, topics, interests and concerns related to healthy aging and brain health for aging adults, older adults, seniors and baby boomers who want to learn about how to stay mentally and physically engaged for as long as possible. What are the tips and techniques that promote ...
 
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The Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) is committed to help raise the standard of mental health by providing imaginative medical education that focuses on the highest level of learning. Each episode offers an opportunity to learn about current issues in psychiatry from key opinion leaders in the medical field. NEI's Podcast would be of value to anyone with an interest in neuropsychiatric diseases and psychopharmacology.
 
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What are some of the new FDA approvals for medications that happened this year? What did we learn about the association between ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease from a nationwide cohort study that was conducted? In this important and timely episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler addresses these questions and many more on the most interesting updates in psychopharm…
 
Are you struggling with content overload or feeling overwhelmed? Feeling swamped with information and can't get ahead? Then you don’t want to miss today’s conversation. When you feel like you are under a mountain of information, getting your mind clear and focused can be challenging. To help you understand the meaning of coaching, listen in as I ta…
 
Practicing gratitude is NOT about constantly feeling happy or ignoring the bad feelings that invariably come up in life. You are a human, after all, and for better or worse, this human experience brings with it a vast array of emotions. Gratitude is about shifting your attention to the moments of joy, love, and happiness that happen throughout the …
 
What was the inspiration behind creating the Fifth Edition video series? What are your best learning strategies for studying psychopharmacology? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Stephen Stahl about the Fifth Edition Video Series and about the most effective learning strategies for psychopharmacology! With this special series, broug…
 
What is underlying your insatiable food cravings? Eating to suppress unpleasant emotions is extremely common. The first step to getting a handle on unwanted cravings and emotional eating is awareness. Can you be honest with yourself about what is triggering your behaviour? When you eat to avoid unwanted feelings, you're often left feeling worse tha…
 
In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Strawn addresses your unanswered questions from his presentation: Re-Counting Neurobiological Treatment Advances of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Jeffrey R. Strawn's early work examined the neurophysiology, neurochemistry and neuroanatomy of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.In parallel with Dr. Strawn'…
 
Sleep rejuvenates the brain and body. It helps with memory consolidation as well as emotional regulation. On average, humans require about 7-9 hours of sleep each night - growth hormones are excreted, the body cleans itself and cells are rejuvenated. If you’re not getting the right amount of sleep that your specific body needs, you can be left feel…
 
In this episode, Dr. Manpreet Singh answers your unaddressed questions from her presentation: It's a Woman's World: Exploring Female Mental Health Issues at the 2021 NEI Congress. Dr. Manpreet K. Singh is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and leads a program aimed to accelerate understanding and treatment in youth with or a…
 
In this episode, Dr. Napoleon Higgins and Dr. Rona Hu address your most pressing questions from their presentation on cultural humility at the 2021 NEI Congress. Dr. Napoleon Higgins is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in Houston, Texas. He is the owner of Bay Pointe Behavioral Health Services and South East Houston Research Group. He is …
 
In this episode, Dr. Charles Scott addresses some of your unanswered questions from his presentation on cannabis and violence. Dr. Scott is Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Director, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.…
 
What are you most excited about, when it comes to this year’s NEI Congress? What is one benefit that both live and virtual attendees will experience at the 2021 NEI Congress? In this episode, we get a sneak peek at what to expect from this highly anticipated event! With the live and virtual simulcast formats, there are a lot of questions and A LOT …
 
Brain fog, hot flashes, and insomnia are all common symptoms reported by women as they go through the various stages of menopause. The hormonal changes that take place during this time drastically impact a woman’s brain and body. Being armed with the right information and tools to help you have a midlife refuel - can be transformative. Tune in to l…
 
In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Roger McIntyre on best practices for using adjunctive treatment for major depressive disorder. Optional CME/CE Credits and Certificate Instructions: After listening to the podcast, to take the optional posttest and receive CME/CE credit, click https://nei.global/POD21-MDD Learning Objectives: After …
 
The human body is a whole, interconnected system. Keeping your body in balance is a cornerstone of health, and your gut is a key player. One of the reasons the gut is so foundational to health is because the gut is the primary centre for the immune system. Inflammation that starts in the gut can affect your entire body – or become “system-wide.” Tu…
 
What are some of the biggest changes that were made to the Fifth Edition and what were the reasons behind these changes? How are mood stabilizers redefined in the Fifth Edition? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Stephen Stahl about all the updates to the Fifth Edition of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology and all the exciting reas…
 
With 2022 right around the corner, it is the perfect time to determine what matters to you most and how you are going to go about achieving it. If you're struggling with constant stress + overwhelm, can’t get a good night’s sleep, or want to boost your motivation and mental focus, listen up. To help my clients achieve their goals and show up for th…
 
Film is a powerful medium that can open us up to new experiences, new cultures and new perspectives. Film is a portal that can help entrench us in the experiences of others – and by doing so – can help us cultivate a deeper understanding of what others may be going through. A film can even help illuminate the journey that we – ourselves – are navig…
 
What is unique about collaborative care, when it comes to mental health? Can you share some of the step-by -step guide to implementing the core model in clinical practice for collaborative care? In this episode, Dr. Anna Ratzliff answers these questions and much more! Dr. Anna Ratzliff is a national expert on collaborative care and specifically, on…
 
Talking about aged care homes (assisted living or long-term care) is not often at the top of people’s lists. But some important considerations need to be discussed with your loved ones ahead of time to ensure that your care needs and desires are adequately met. Care homes are designed to take care of people’s needs when they (or their loved ones) c…
 
The choices and behaviours that you engage in daily impact how your body functions as a system. For example, sugar triggers the release of dopamine in the brain – which feels good. But, over time, your dopamine system can get reset – resulting in dopamine levels that dip below the baseline and lead to sugar cravings. By taking care of your health –…
 
In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Jonathan Meyer on best practices and strategies for improving clinician and patient communication, medication adherence, and collaboration in the community when it comes to treating schizophrenia. Optional CE Credits / Certificate Instructions: After listening to the podcast, to take the optional po…
 
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Every year on September 21, World Alzheimer's Day is commemorated to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Lancet publications (2017 & 2020) identified 12 major risk factors for dementia, including: less education, hypertension (high blood pressure), hearing impairment, smok…
 
Your mindset consists of a series of perceptions and beliefs that you hold about yourself. What you believe about your abilities and your capacity to learn + grow will ultimately dictate how much you can evolve in this life. The concept of fixed vs. growth mindset was first introduced by Carol S. Dweck in her seminal book: "Mindset: The new Psychol…
 
A habit is formed when a behaviour becomes automatic and takes place without much conscious thought or effort. In this way, habits play a significant role in your life because your brain thrives off of automaticity. If your mind can set something on default, it will – because the more you put on your mental plate, the more overwhelmed your brain wi…
 
What are the most critical components that need to be addressed about social wellbeing when it comes to children returning to school? What signs might alert parents to their children feeling anxious about returning to school? In this timely and important interview. Dr. Manpreet Singh and Dr. Jeffrey Strawn answer these questions and much more! To a…
 
Rowing is a full-body workout that increases endurance and boosts aerobic performance all while being easy on your joints. “Rowing is for EVERY body. It will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go” - UCanRow2. One of the most beautiful aspects of rowing is that it takes away the comparison dimension of fitness, which keeps many pe…
 
A coach can help you integrate new information for sustainable lifestyle changes. What most people don’t realize is that information is not sufficient – you need to be able to incorporate novel knowledge into your everyday life. A coach can help you identify and work through the barriers that are keeping you from achieving your goals. Tune in to li…
 
What is the difference between mediators and moderators, and how do they influence treatment response? Why is it so important, as clinicians to understand the distinction between moderators and mediators and to be aware of their influence on treatment outcomes in the literature? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Stephen Stahl and Dr…
 
Most self-help books focus on thinking your way to happiness + success; but, Feeling Forwards is a book that talks about how to harness the power of your emotions to help you bring the reality you desire into your life. The book, “Feeling Forwards,” teaches us all about the unique concept of harnessing emotions to bend time and to help you bring a …
 
How do you measure your mental health? Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel, and act. And it can also help determine how you handle stress. Mental health isn’t static. It can ebb and flow given the life circumstances that you are currently trying to manage. Identifying your own …
 
Why is it so important that many Olympic athletes are speaking out about the importance of mental health, and how can people spread more awareness for mental health concerns in this vulnerable population? What challenges do you face regarding effectively treating mental health conditions in athletes? In this important and timely interview sports ps…
 
Listen to Dr. Andrea's interview with Sherry Jibb for her "Happy & Healthy in Midlife Summit." A favourite part was talking about how feelings of overwhelm cue your brain to go into protector mode. Use the science of how your brain works to overcome feelings of overwhelm so you can take on your *big* goals and aspirations. Your brain will always tr…
 
In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Leslie Citrome on some of the challenges that clinicians face when using traditional methods for the treatment of schizophrenia. They discuss the most current research on the development of TAAR1 agonists as a novel class of psychotropic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia. Optional CME Cr…
 
How do you handle a patient who doesn’t want to talk about their suicidal thoughts? What tools and basic education strategies can we use for non-health-care professionals to highlight and prevent potential suicide/suicidal thoughts? In this episode, Dr. Christine Moutier addressed your unanswered questions from the NEI Synapse Half Day: Before It’s…
 
Optimize Your Energy is Dr. Andrea's new 8-week online course where she'll be taking a small group of new students through her signature methodology – the Brain Vitality Method. She'll teach you how to craft your lifestyle and daily habits to cultivate the energy and mental vibrancy you need for Phase II. Tune in to learn more! To join the early-bi…
 
How does the therapeutic alliance influence treatment outcomes when it comes to treatment with placebo? What are some of the other patient characteristics that influence placebo responsivity? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Stephen Stahl and Dr. Joseph Goldberg about their recent book, Practical Psychopharmacology: Translating Fin…
 
Sleep plays a foundational role in your overall health. Yet, there remains a low diagnosis and treatment rate of sleep apnea (a common sleep disorder). Tune in to learn about the links between sleep disorders, joint pain (such as TMJ; temporomandibular joint disorder), and migraines. Our guest, Dr. Dave Shirazi, specializes in treating TMJ and slee…
 
What you eat (and don’t eat) plays a crucial role in the health of your brain. A large (and growing) body of research has linked specific dietary patterns - found in the Mediterranean and MIND diets - to protecting the brain and preserving mental functions with increasing age. Tune in to learn all about the vital nutrients you should be consuming t…
 
What are the most common mistakes in psychopharmacology, where clinicians could benefit from improvement in these areas? What are some ways in which clinicians can avoid malpractice lawsuits? In this podcast episode, Dr. Thomas Schwartz discusses the biggest mistakes that can be made in psychopharmacology, as well as best practices for clinicians t…
 
Human DNA is a vibrant molecule that moves all the time, opening and closing, turning on and off genes, and generally sensing and responding to the environment. How well your DNA is functioning relates to the speed at which you age biologically. What can you do to support your DNA so that works optimally for as long as possible? Tune in to learn ab…
 
“Aging well” is an all-encompassing term that is defined as a holistic approach to growing older. It includes not only taking care of your physical body and your mind – but also your soul. According to our guest, Angela G. Gentile, there are ten dimensions of wellness that can be assessed and examined to optimize how you’re feeling on a daily basis…
 
Have you ever struggled to lose weight? Most people have been dissatisfied with their bodies at some point in their lives and have tried to lose weight using a "calories in vs. calories out" approach. However, most people don't realize that their body is always seeking balance. So, if you eat fewer calories than your body needs to function, it will…
 
What do we know about the world suicide rate and the national suicide rate? What are the differences and how might they be explained? How does the role of medications help or hinder suicide prevention? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Christine Moutier and Dr. Stephen Stahl on their Suicide Prevention Handbook, where they address t…
 
Staying socially and physically active is a cornerstone of health and well-being. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, most people experienced a change in their daily routines and habits. But, the impact of social isolation on older adults - in particular - has been profound. How are you staying active and making an effort to maintain your menta…
 
Your mental resources are limited. What are you doing that either preserves or drains the quality of your mental energy and vibrancy? In this episode, Dr. Andrea covers three tips you can use to help preserve your mental energy: 1. Monitor your consumption; 2. Do an energy audit; and 3. Implement healthy lifestyle behaviours. Tune in to learn more …
 
What are the positive and negative consequences surrounding self-diagnosis programs for mental health? What can you say about the trend on TikTok to take L-tyrosine? It’s apparently been nicknamed the “natural Adderall”. What is wrong with this, or potentially dangerous about this? In this episode, Dr. Kojo Sarfo, discusses the positive and negativ…
 
Tapping (or Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a tool used to help reduce emotional distress, worry, stress, etc. This technique involves using your fingertips to tap along specific points on the body (primarily on the head and face) in a particular sequence. While tapping, the individual focuses on the issues they wish to address. Meridian tapping i…
 
What are the most frequent comorbidities of schizophrenia? Is there any scientific reason to use any antipsychotic in twice-a-day dosing? In this episode, Dr. Leslie Citrome addresses these questions and more of your unanswered questions from the NEI Synapse Half-Day on Novel Strategies to Treat Schizophrenia in this special NEI Podcast Bonus episo…
 
Everything is energy. The sun, the stars and the earth are all energy. You are energy, and the flow of energy between you and your surroundings is constant. Your energy is being exchanged with every breath, feeling, and heartbeat. When you feel love ~ that is energy. It has been said that love is the frequency of the universe. Love transcends time …
 
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