The religious origin of mindfulness dates back thousands of years to Buddhist and Hindu teachings, but also to monotheistic religions as well. Today, “secular” mindfulness is being encouraged all across the Western world, on talk shows, in books and at the workplace as a relaxation technique.
Dopamine and serotonin are what “make the world go ’round,” or at least in the brain of an addict. Addictive substances — from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and even alcohol — specifically act on the addiction pathway in the brain triggering the release of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that are
The beginning of the new year brings with it new initiatives that can lead to developments of innovative treatments and interventions for mental illness and improvements in delivery of mental health care services. After the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative implemented by President Barack Obama in 2013,