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Re: I HAVE A QUESTION crazychickuk

Posted by Racer on July 14, 2005, at 0:38:42

In reply to I HAVE A QUESTION, posted by crazychickuk on July 13, 2005, at 18:29:13

Up until very recently, the answer you would have gotten was "No. You have all your brain cells at birth." <<< Nutshell version, but that's the idea.

Recently, however, it's been found that adult brains are a lot more plastic than anyone thought before, and that anti-depressants actually stimulate the growth of new cells in the hippocampus. Pretty cool, huh? One theory is that that's why it takes so long for ADs to kick in: it's not the chemical changes per se, but that those changes foster new growth.

Anyway, the simple answer to your question is, "Yes. You will grow new brain cells to replace those you've lost or damaged."

Of course, it helps to stay away from drugs now, and so on. Also, and just because I care about you -- and have missed you -- lemme say that I strongly recommend therapy for you, if you're not still doing it, because that can also alter your brain chemistry, which in turn will foster new brain cell development. Win-win, huh?

How you doing, girl?


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