Saturday, May 24, 2014

I was feeling annoyed about the resistance and lack of funds for this kind of research. There was a show on last night about kids with OCD and when their brains were mapped the doctors could see exactly where the disorder was. They took the information to create therapy to increase the plasticity of the brain and begin to get it to a more normal make up. Pinpointing the origin of the problem in the brain gives scientists and doctors the information they need to find new treatments and even cures.

Biomedicine News

Why Obama’s Brain-Mapping Project Matters

Obama calls for $100 million to develop new technologies to understand the brain.
By Susan Young Rojahn on April 8, 2013

Why It Matters

Scientists need new technologies to understand how the activity of millions of neurons contributes to complex brain functions.
Last week, President Obama officially announced $100 million in funding for arguably the most ambitious neuroscience initiative ever proposed.
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, as the project is now called, aims to reconstruct the activity of every single neuron as they fire simultaneously in different brain circuits, or perhaps even whole brains.

My reference to western medicine was convoluted. My brain was somehow mixing somatic research with brain mapping.
Somatic Psychology (body mind psychotherapy, body-oriented
psychotherapy, etc.) is a holistic form of therapy that respects and utilizes the powerful connection between body, mind and spirit. How we are in this world, how we relate to ourselves and others, is not just purely about the mind or our thoughts, but is also deeply rooted in our bodies and our spirits. Unlike traditional talk therapy or cognitive therapy, Somatic Psychology tends to be more experiential.

Eastern medicine somatic therapy practices have existed for centuries. I don’t know when the word somatic became a word that could used to describe traditional chinese body mapping.

So why all this frustration from me? Well I don’t think it’s a secret that I have been battling mental health issues most of my life. I’ve sought help throughout the years and I came to know what I needed before anyone practicing therapy and psychiatry accepted.

I currently have a condition called adrenal fatigue. It is not accepted as a condition by most western medicine doctors. I was in debilitating pain. I could barely move. I started think I had fibromyalgia except my pain was centralized in my mid to lower right back and radiated from that spot.  

My doctor referred me to a neurologist. He had me go through five MRI’s, one CT Scan and two xrays. He found nothing. (Which gives me peace of mind that I don’t have anything growing in me - cancer). His diagnosis was it was in my head. He said he didn’t mean that as in he thought I was lying, he said it in a this was a mental health condition and that he couldn’t help me with that. Turns out he was almost correct.

I went to acupuncture every week and relied on Tramadol to function. It worked just barely. Then a friend recommended a chiropractor that had a holistic practice. She is well versed in the Chinese approach to physiology. I had just gone through three of the most difficult years of my life. The minute I started to come out on the other side and actually feel clear and happy, my body crashed. All the mental stress had wreaked havoc on my adrenal glands and really just about every organ in my body.

She started my on supplements and gave me pressure point exercises to do on my own. Within a week I went from a 10 in pain to a 5. Six months or more later I’m almost pain free. I have episodes in times of increased stress.

Now onto brain mapping. I have wanted to have my brain mapped for at least 15 years. I have Complex PTSD, meaning I’ve had multiple traumatic experiences in my life. Some day there will be a book about that if I can handle revisiting each one in depth. My frustration with western medicine is the resistance to even consider PTSD a disorder. Women have been diagnosed with hysteria for years when in truth they probably had been abused, raped or any other number of hideous events. The Vietnam Vets legitimized PTSD, opening up a whole new way to treat mental illnesses. During my lifetime depression has been taboo. My own mother made me see a priest before she agreed to let me see a psychiatrist when I was about 19. My first psychiatrist diagnosed me as naive. Yes naive.
Fast forward to now. I am on a soothing cocktail of meds. I continue to practice awareness and to let my body talk to me as well as my brain. They work together and I listen.

I believe the technology of brain mapping could help my doctors and myself know what parts of my brain need plasticity exercises. I could go on.

Disclaimer: this is my personal understanding of what I am thinking. Nothing in this blog is asolute.
I know that I am learning. I hope you know you are learning too, I reserve the right to change the content of this blog after serious proofing and self-examination.