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Are You in a Bad Mood?

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In this video, Marin Veldic, M.D., psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, discusses the role of epigenetics in mood disorders.This is one of the fastest growing fields of psychiatry. By comparing the blood of patients with bipolar disorder to those of normal patients, they can see epigenetic changes that may be causing depression and mood swings. Things like alcohol, smoking and eating binges can adversely affect your epigenetics and cause genes to activate that cause a bipolar condition.

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Is Chronic Stress making you Moody?

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Stress can cause changes that affect our brains and lead to mood disorders. Stress blocks a gene called neuritin which can cause these disorders. Activating these genes can relieve the problems. Another case of epigenetics at work. Our bodies are very complex genetic machines that are programmed by our environment. Altering this programming in any way can lead to many disorders.

Is Your Bad Mood Caused by Your Poor Diet?

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The Therapy Book says “Unbalanced diets lead to unbalanced minds.” A staggering 20.9 million Americans suffer from mood disorders. Omega-3 imbalances leads to these imbalances as well as iron and thiamine. Don’t get mad! Get healthy and enjoy life more!

I am so Stressed, I am Sick!

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We all know stress is bad for us but how does it really work and why can it make us sick. Stress from our environment causes us to release a hormone called glucocorticoids that causes epigenetic changes in our body. When we think of caveman days, we see why this was important. It caused us to prepare for either a fight or flight situation. Our mood changed, our adrenalin increased and our bodies were preparing for a stressful event. In those days the event ended and if we survived it the stressful environment was gone. Our bodies lowered the stress hormone and everything returned to normal again. Today we get stress from work, relationships, our kids, etc. We can’t fight or run from it so the stressful environment stays around for years. This causes the stress hormone to keep being released. This can lead to mood disorders and illness. It is like brakes on your car. They are meant to stop you in an emergency. If you ride your brakes and use them too often, they can fail you when you need them most causing a disaster.

Epigenetic influences on our Moods

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Epigenetics can play a role in how strong we feel about something. It controls not only which genes are activated but by how much they are activated. It can create too much of a good thing in our genes and lead to mood disorders. Johns Hopkins Epigenetics Center is investigating epigenetic variations that might play a role in stress, depression, and bipolar disorder. These new studies may lead to better understanding of mood swings, depression and the effects of stress on humans.

Epigenetics is a switch that turns ON/OFF our genes but it is also a dimmer that controls how much ON/OFF is present. This makes tracking epigenetics much more difficult.