Temecula, CA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–An article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry today provides a comprehensive description of how the brain and mind are linked to mood, and how this can help us diagnose and manage anxiety.

The article is entitled “The Brain as a Brain-to-Mood System: A New Paradigm for Diagnosis of Depression and Bipolar Disorder” and will be presented in the July 21, 2018 issue of the journal.

“Understanding how the mind, brain, and body interact to produce mood is an important part of understanding how to manage mood disorders, and it’s critical to developing effective treatments,” said Dr. Matthew J. Dvorak, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

“Our understanding of how brain activity affects our emotions and how these interactions affect behavior is critical for understanding how people with depression or anxiety behave and behave, and that helps inform the development of effective treatments.”

The article was written by Dr. Michael W. Pomerantz, associate professor of neurobiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

Dr. Ponderantz is a co-author of the article, which is a chapter of a special issue of Neurosciences.

It was supported by the National Institutes of Health Brain Research Program (grant number U01AG024926), the Brain Developmental Biology Fellowship Program, the National Science Foundation (grants R01AG033243 and R01DK053885) and the Wellcome Trust (granting number CRG-004868) through the Office of Scientific and Technical Research of the National Institute of Mental Health (NSBI).

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