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Stress diminishes judgment



Depression. Insomnia. Weight gain. Now add poor judgment to the list of how stress affects your life.

Yes, we’ve turned into jugglers: a job, children, pets, dinner plans, visits to family, vacuuming the house. But, the bad news is that when we’re stressed, we don’t work at peak capacity.

That’s according to a new study on the effect of stress on the brain.
The latest report comes from New York’s Weill Medical College at Cornell and Rockefeller University, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“For the study, 20 medical students about to take board exams — all of them stressed — were examined via functional MRI, which measures flow of blood in the brain, as they performed different tasks,” according to the story. “Researchers compared the performance and brain function of the medical students with a group of similarly aged subjects who were not stressed. When put to two tasks that measured the ability to shift attention …

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Best antidepressant for you

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Choosing the right antidepressant is tricky. You have many choices and may have heard that they all work the same. After all, the pills are targeting an inadequate amount of a chemical in the brain that transmits signals between neurons. It’s also known as serotonin.

A dozen antidepressants were tested in a new study: Celexa, Cymbalta, Efexor, Ixel, Luvox, Prozac, Seroxat, Remeron, Zyban, Cipralex, Zoloft and Edronax. The winners? Zoloft, developed by Pfizer Inc., and Cipralex, developed by Forest Laboratories in the U.S. and Danish drugmaker H. Lundbeck A/S in Europe, work best.

– By Charles Yoo

Which is your antidepressant? Does it work? How has it changed your life?

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