As I said well over a week ago, I have so much stuff to share with you guys about this festival and symposium put on by the One Mind Institute (IMHRO). My intent was to tell you last week, but man-oh-man did I get hit by some fun bugs going around school. Cold + Stomach Flu + depressive low = no energy to blog. But I am feeling good again and taking advantage of it to tell you guys that today’s research is truly awesome.
My mother is a mental health advocate and caregiver. She is many other wonderful things, but people know her as being these two things. Many of you follow me because of how awesome she is at these things. My mom rocks.
Anyway, she (and I, by association) was invited by the Staglins to attend the symposium and other festivities because of how much she rocks. She was even recognized for it, and as everyone within twenty feet of me can tell you, I was very proud.
The people that we met there are beyond inspirational– they are the people that are called to help others, whether it be through personal struggles of their own or just because they want to. There were no egos, no ulterior motives, no judgmental looks. There was only celebration, acceptance, and a butt-load of hope.
I encourage you to look up This Is My Brave, Inc. It’s a non-profit started by an amazingly kind and genuine woman who helps people to decrease stigma through storytelling and she is lovely. I had the pleasure of talking to her candidly at the concert part of this event, and she is just as compassionate as she appears to be. She’s also super cool.
I should also let you know that the symposium part of this event is open to the public, so y’all should check it out next year. I know I will be doing so.
While there were many encouraging presentations given by many incredible neuroscientists, the most exciting for me was a research study being conducted by Dr. Mary Kay Lobo at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is studying new treatments for major depressive disorder through mice, and YOU GUYS SHE IS SO COOL. For real.
After lengthy research, Dr. Lobo and her team have begun to determine that by inhibiting a specific molecule in mice that have been stressed to the point of depression, dendritic architecture and function in neurons vulnerable to MDD can be restored and symptoms can be reversed. So far, this is only in mice, but still.
SYMPTOMS CAN BE REVERSED.
If that’s not a butt-load of hope, I don’t know what is.