Given the season of life we are in, I felt it was only fitting to do an episode on depression. I don't know about you, but I'm no stranger to struggling with depressed mood. Today's guest is Dr. Alex Korb.
Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist, writer, and coach. He has studied the brain for over 20 years and is the bestselling author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time.
Dr. korb earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and then later completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on depression, neuromodulation, and other topics. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, as well as vice-president of research and development for BrainSonix.
YOU WILL LEARN:
- What depression looks like in the brain (5:40)
- The roles the cortex and limbic system play in depression (8:31)
- How the “spiral” begins (11:25)
- The role genetics play in depression (18:09)
- What the upward spiral is (23:44)
- What contributes to seasonal depression and how you can manage your symptoms (28:52)
- Why feeling terrible is a natural part of life (38:03)
- The correlation between suicide and depression (41:09)
- The importance of moving your body (48:32)
- Why there is power in putting emotions into words (50:53)
- Why you should start small if depressed (57:16)
- The role habits play in the upward spiral (1:00:54)
- Dr. Alex Korb's thoughts on postpartum depression (1:07:03)