Tag: ocd

Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now

On Thursday, I have an appointment with an orthopedist to look at a hand injury I sustained a couple of weeks ago, working with one of my adult students with autism.  Unknowingly, I said a word which ended up triggering a massive attack of… Continue Reading “Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now”

Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?

A friend of mine who is a neurologist recently pointed out to me that while we  are all very familiar with diseases associated with the loss of memory, ie. Alzheimer’s, there are others that are associated with hyper-memory, including PTSD.  In these latter cases,… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?”

A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

I continue to monitor any new research into the connection of the gut biome to “mental illnesses.”  My son, Alex, who is diagnosed with autism, suffers from terrible anxiety at times.  It’s heart breaking to see.  Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is generally considered a… Continue Reading “A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”

The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?

I recently read an article looking at the effects of bacterial microbiome alterations on particular circuits in the brain (the thalamo-cortico-basal ganglia)  that are associated with compulsive behavior, addiction, altered sensations and motor output.[i]  What struck me is how closely related seemingly unrelated disorders… Continue Reading “The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?”

The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending

I just finished reading an article from 2018 on mental health and the microbiome that describes some of where we are now, knowledge-wise, and where we need to be before psychobiotics become a treatment norm.[i]  There were multiple pieces of information in it which… Continue Reading “The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending”

More on Autism and the Microbiome…and a Clinical Study Using Probiotics

My Monday afternoon was devoted to reading two articles about the microbiome and autism.  The first was a chapter from a book on biological markers found in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.[i]  I’ve chosen what I thought were the top 10 points from this article… Continue Reading “More on Autism and the Microbiome…and a Clinical Study Using Probiotics”

Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?

This will come as no surprise to those parents out there who have dealt with the nightmare symptoms of PANS or PANDAS in their children.  Researchers in Rome collected stool samples from 30 patients with PANS/PANDAS, aged 4-16 years old, and compared them to… Continue Reading “Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?”