For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity.
I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. See: Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or
This is a little excerpt from another post I wrote as means for introduction:
And yes, that’s us, the readers of this blog…going against paradigm and healing ourselves with openness and conscientiousness. These are qualities that can be contagious. Right now we operate in a society telling us we’re full of shit (or more politely that what we do is “woo”). Just think what happens when people start understanding what is possible. Others will start to open up and see the possibilities too. This is why education and sharing our journeys are both critically important. None of what we do is unscientific by the way, it’s just that science doesn’t know how to measure what we’re doing. In fact, my own personal methods to learn about my own body/mind has employed the scientific method. It’s not something that can be generalized to others and therefore does not qualify as “evidence based” but my methods are scientific as well as intuitive.
There are a lot of things that help us change our brain. In fact developing any habit over time will change our brain (for positive or negative). I was not kidding when I entitled one of my posts: I can feel both dance and music changing and healing my brain’s neurons. Granted I don’t know exactly what is going on but I can discern the difference between negative and positive growth sensations and respond to them accordingly. This is, in part, how my healing is being informed. I can also feel yoga in this way and I can feel the food I eat and the herbs that support my system too.
The hypersensitivity many of us now have as a result of the iatrogenic drug injuries actually allows us to feel things others do not. That is the silver lining. We KNOW this stuff once we start paying attention. We may not be able to articulate exactly what we know but we can come to trust it as a sort of guidance. All the practices I do these days help support a neuroplastic healing change in my body/mind/spirit. (more on neuroplasticity here)
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up