Tuesday, March 04, 2014. I am looking around online for some research articles about the work of Dr. Martin H. Teicher. What HAS this great mind been up to lately, anyway? I find it is actually difficult to find out –
The first article I found is a free open public access one about children/youth ages 11-14 and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD “is a recurring mood disorder that has an onset and remission at predictable times during the year.” While the article has a somewhat intimidating title — Scale-Invariant Locomotor Activity Patterns in Children with SAD (2013) it has some very fascinating material in it about SAD, circadian rhythm differences in children (that may match those seen in adults with SAD?), and regions of the brain involved.
According to the article by Kyoko Ohashi, Ann Polcari and Martin H. Teicher 3.3% to 4.2 % of youth in the United States report SAD symptoms (which are described here). I’ve never specifically even thought about SAD and kids until I encountered this info!
I am certainly experiencing a compound effect of my own reoccurring major depression with SAD in this frigid far north climate this winter, something I did NOT have to deal with in the lovely more southern Arizona climes. My little apartment is FULL of daylight-natural light-full spectrum light bulbs!! On days that the sun now reaches into my apartment with rays at least part of the day when it’s not cloudy – and it is certainly cloudy today – I can drastically FEEL a complete shift in my state of being as those rays disappear toward sunset. I now know that there will be NO direct sunlight reaching into this apartment for 5 months out of the year due to a total lack of windows in all but the westerly direction.
SAD evidently has not only has “typical major depression symptoms” but also has some “atypical symptoms” which are described in this article. While the detailed specifics of how this research was accomplished can be rather tedious to read, a person can scroll down to the results and discussion sections for more understandable material from the findings of this study.
Teicher was also involved in this “small feasibility study” which suggested that more research on the subject of using infrared light in depression/anxiety treatment is warranted:
Schiffer F, Johnston AL, Ravichandran C, Polcari A, Teicher MH, Webb RH, Hamblin MR.
Behav Brain Funct. 2009 Dec 8;5:46. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-5-46.Free PMC Article
This very important article (2000) by Dr. Martin H. Teicher – Wounds That Time Won’t Heal: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse – is available free online by clicking on this title.
There is a WordPress blog address for Teicher — http://drteicher.wordpress.com/about/ about “Recent findings regarding brain development and childhood abuse/adversity — but this page is taking forever to load and lists an archive of posts into March 2012.
I have previously mentioned in one of my blog posts some time ago this very important article I find the link to on blogsite –
Choi J, Jeong B, Rohan ML, Polcari AM, Teicher MH. Preliminary evidence for white matter tract abnormalities in young adults exposed to parental verbal abuse. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Feb 1;65(3):227-34.
November 21, 2010
Abuse and Sensitive Periods – Synopsis:
December 14, 2008
Research from my laboratory, and from other labs here and abroad, have shown that exposure to childhood abuse is associated with alterations in brain structure and function. This research has largely focused on brain regions known to be susceptible to the effects of stress, such as the hippocampus. We have recently expanded our knowledge regarding the potential adverse effects of abuse by publishing the first preliminary data indicating that the neurobiological consequences of abuse depend on the age of exposure (Andersen et al 2008).
Andersen SL, Tomada A, Vincow ES, Valente E, Polcari A, Teicher MH (2008): Preliminary evidence for sensitive periods in the effect of childhood sexual abuse on regional brain development. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 20:292-301.
There may be more on this blogsite of interest but at the moment I am simply – cruising around….
The truth is at this moment in time I do not have the heart to go back and read Teicher’s articles such as THIS important one which appears online as a PowerPoint. I post these links in case some readers browsing through my blog today would like to take a little time to study Teicher’s perspectives – there are NONE more accurate and critically important on the topic of childhood traumas than Teicher’s.
OK – HERE PERHAPS I STRUCK GOLD!! Great list of Teicher’s articles to scan through —
This is a Google Scholar page for Teicher that counts 13,319 citations for his work – and YAY!!! Take a look at the active-link articles posted HERE, although the articles are not listed chronologicaly. I am still not convinced, however, that this page is up-to-date. (Is that was a typo at the top, “Harvard Medicl School?” My heavens!)
Martin H. Teicher
Harvard Medicl School / McLean Hospital
Verified email at hms.harvard.edu
The bio page I found for Teicher as he is connected to McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate, is not up-to-date. There are articles listed for him there as of 2005 as being “in press.”
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