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Another view: brain theory

Posted by pablo1 on July 20, 2004, at 11:01:39

In reply to Re: Another view: brain theory, posted by linkadge on July 20, 2004, at 8:33:15

It is a nutty idea for sure but he says it worked on him & he doesn't take any meds any more. I do like the idea of focusing on how to get the brain to balance itself after the treatment without continuing meds. And it sure makes sense that current psychiatric medications are very blunt instruments. Blunting is OK though, that's how people focus on one thing at a time, by tuning out distractions. The neurotransmitters work in the brain for temporary shifts in focus. Sometimes that means just a momentary wave of emotion at a passing thought (10-second half life <g>) and sometimes it's a months or years long neurotransmitter adjustment (like depression). In the end, your mind has to learn to control those neurotransmitters because it's really tough to get the right effect from any med; the body readjusts and things can get thrown further out of balance for unexpected reasons. It's just too complex for such a blunt instrument.

So, I don't know if I'd try his treatment but it's an interesting perspective. Interesting stepping point for discussion. What if a better way to do this was with smaller less intense treatments. Take a variety of meds and combos with the intent to sort of find your limits with each and rattle things back into place over a period of time. That's a very different way of using the same meds. Who knows maybe it does work.

> I think this guy is a quack. He sounds like an ex stimulant addict that went on long drug binges.
> In my mind, the one time emotional breakthroughs don't really last that long. Recovering from a mental illness is usually a slow and painstaken process. Anyone trying to subvert that neural healing process by overdosing on stimulants is crazy.
> Linkadge




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