Disorders of the Emotional Brain Understanding, Preventing, Healing Publication date : October 20, 2021
Bruno Millet-Ilharreguy is a doctor of medicine, a Ph.D. in neuroscience, who is trained in behavioral and cognitive therapy. Professor of adult psychiatry at the Paris-Sorbonne medical school, he practices at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. He is a specialist in OCDs and in cerebral stimulation. He also coordinates within the Brain and Spine Institute (ICM) a unit of clinical research to test new technological approaches (digital alternatives of self-evaluation through smartphones, a mathematical algorithm for predicting a response to an antidepressant, a technique for blocking mnemonic reconsolidation in post-traumatic stress…). He is currently president of the commission for qualification in psychiatry of the National Council of Medical Orders.
Today, beyond the psychotherapies that provide an explanation of our ill-being, and psychotropic drugs that are very controversial because they are perhaps too powerful, other therapeutic techniques are beginning to emerge to treat psychiatric disorders: techniques of transcranial stimulation.
These new treatments, which act on cerebral zones altered by disease by mitigating the imbalances linked to emotions, offer hope for millions of people.
But what are they, exactly? What do they consist of? When are they prescribed and what are their dangers? And, more broadly, how can we take care of our brains to prevent the onset of emotional disorders and mental illness?