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. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]
This is really fascinating and very simply demonstrates how neuropathways work in neuroplasticity. We can heal our brains and change a whole lot of things about our mental health because of neuroplasticity. It's good to understand something about it because it really allows for all sorts of great hope. And for me, since I started applying such methods to recovering from the iatrogenic brain injury incurred from psych drugs, I actually see it happening. Very exciting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Neuroplasticity: enormous implications for anyone who has been labeled with a psychiatric illness -- 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 don't know what we're doing...or that what we are doing 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...
By Lisa Wimberger - Last year I had the highest honor of being present for my mother's last three weeks of life. I've never been so heart-broken, so challenged, and so blown open all at once. I had no solid footing, and no good map by which to navigate this new experience. So I let go of my ideas of who she was and who she should be, and became very present to her every breath as though I were looking at her for the first time. And what I realized was that in her acceptance and transition she was teaching me all about grace. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Medicine (by using psych drugs) cannot do the things we actively choose to do to change our brain function, structure and therefore our behavior and cognitive capacities. We can change our brains and heal our body/minds and spirits. … [click on title to read the rest]
This is so EXCITING. I listened to this with such complete and total delight. This interview with Lisa Wimberger is, in large part, what I have been creating for myself...not even understanding all aspects, which means that listening to this interview was BRAIN CANDY too. Lisa Wimberger talks about brain candy as being part of the healing process. Psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome often results in a severe injury to the autonomic nervous system. Listen and learn. Hearing this explanation further helps and educates my own process. Again, exciting. Also anyone with any trauma issues or autonomic nervous system issues may find this helpful. Many long term chronic health issues end up involving the nervous system as they are traumatic in many ways: Protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome, chronic illness, CFS, Fibromyalgia. Yeah, they all have things in common. … [click on title to read the rest]
Making complicated scientific concepts exciting for the general public... … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? … [click on title to read the rest]
The second thing to know about neuroplasticity is that the most powerful way to change your brain is not actually medication, it's actually behavior, because that is what it was designed to change in relation to. And not just any behavior but specifically mental behavior or mental habit. One of the things she points out is that we create our neural networks. A heavily self-critical neural network which then gets reinforced through habit leads to depression (as well as other not so nice habits). This is important to understand.