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Dear Neurontic

I’m told I went out last night and that many beers were consumed, but I have no memory of the event. Why does too much hooch make us forget? And does the fact that I “blacked out” mean I should reserve a place in rehab? Sincerely, Chastened Boozehound Dear Boozehound, You probably never thought you’d…

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If I understand correctly, the seat of emotion is in the brain, in the limbic system, so why do I get butterflies in my stomach when I’m nervous? Sincerely, Stomach Upset Dear Stomach Upset, Remember that Steve Martin movie The Man With Two Brains? Well, it turns out they got the number wrong. It should…

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Recently I discovered that my therapist is taking an anti-depressant for depression. I also suffer from chronic depression and understand that, if properly treated, depression doesn’t jeopardize the ability to do one’s job. (I, for one, am successful despite my condition.) But since my discovery, I am more reluctant to trust his judgment. Is this…

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I have some experience with depression, mostly mild although I have had a couple periods that could be described as major depressions. I know that my thoughts are intimately connected to my brain chemistry and that paying attention to how I’m thinking can alter my mood. For example, if I catch myself starting to feel…