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Are Impulsive Kids Actually Trusting Kids?

Are Impulsive Kids Actually Trusting Kids?

I read an intriguing article today by Kurth and Haussmann, two researchers of ADHD out of Colorado.  They are interested in isolating specific risk factors that may account for the dramatic increase in ADHD over the last several decades.  The general debate goes something like this:  Is there more ADHD than there was three decades ...

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The “Use it or lose it” Model

In the context of pruning and the “use it or lose it” model, addiction is like a pathway.  It may start out as a mere amble through the woods, a poorly defined trail, but can end up like a super highway with few exits.  Drugs are the vehicles that drive that road, and every new ...

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The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

Erich Engelhardt M.A. Joseph Shrand, MD However, this process of change leaves the adolescent brain particularly vulnerable to the toxic influence of drugs and alcohol.  Already in a major state of flux, the addition of drugs and alcohol that artificially induce dramatic and brutal changes in it’s neurochemistry, (especially the increase of dopamine, the molecule ...

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Implications of Brain Plasticity Part 2

Implications of Brain Plasticity Part 2

Erich Engelhardt M.A. Joseph Shrand, MD The Oxford English dictionary defines plasticity as the ability to be easily molded or to undergo a permanent change in shape.  The biological definition describes plasticity as the adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment; specifically the ability to alter the neural connections of the brain as ...

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The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

The Complicated Case of Adolescent Drug Abuse: Implications of Brain Plasticity

by Erich Engelhardt M.A. and Joseph Shrand, MD It never made sense what my teachers in medical school were telling me back in the late 1980′s about the brain: that brain cells did not replicate and once dead were therefore not replaced.  Practically all other parts of the body have some way of reproducing.  From ...

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The Imax Approach  Part 6

The Imax Approach Part 6

SMALL CHANGES CAN HAVE BIG EFFECTS Over the last few weeks I have introduced you to my concept of the Imax Approach, which I have been working on and refining since 1982.  This week I hope to present one of the remarkable components of this very simple yet profound concept.  I am asking each of ...

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The Imax Approach Part 5

The Imax Approach Part 5

This week I roll out the fourth domain of the Imax, the internal domain of your brain and body. I think readers who have followed this column can appreciate that who we are is profoundly influenced by our home and social domains, and how this has impacted the Ic domain, how we see ourselves and ...

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The Imax Approach 4

The Imax Approach 4

Last week we explored the first two domains, the home and social environments that influence the Imax.  These two domains are external, and represent the attachments we have in our lives.  But those attachments influence the next two domains, the internal domains of the Ic (to be explained below), and the biological domain of our ...

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The Imax Approach  Part 3

The Imax Approach Part 3

Over the last few weeks I have been rolling out the Imax Approach, the idea that people are always at an Imax, doing the best they can at this moment in time.  This week I will explore the first two domains that influence our Imax, the home and social domains. The Four Domains Your home ...

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The Imax Approach  Part 2

The Imax Approach Part 2

I believe people are always doing the best they can at any moment in time.  I call this your Imax, your current maximum potential.  I propose that no one chooses to do worse than their Imax.  You are always doing the best you can.  This does not mean that your current Imax is the best ...