natural thought patterns

How left-right brain handoffs happen without a hitch

Cognitive Deficits May Be Result of Connectivity Disruptions

An asymmetric inhibition model of hemispheric differences in emotional processing

"Each of us is something of a schizophrenic
, tragically divided against ourselves."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advances in imaging technology allow observers to unravel brain and bodily functions that "misfire" or break down during overwhelming episodes.

During trauma, the speech center shuts down, as does the medial prefrontal cortex, the brain region responsible for experiencing the present moment.

Bessel van der Kolk, a Dutch psychiatrist, describes the "speechless terror" of trauma as the experience of being at a "loss for words."

"When people relive their traumatic experiences," he says, "the frontal lobes become impaired and, as result, they have trouble thinking and speaking.

They are incapable of communicating to self or others what is happening."

This is a common occurrence during periods of threat or danger.

Brain pathways of remembering and communicating are hindered.

Windmills of your Mind

PTSD linked to right brain activity

PTSD makes ordinary moments seem terrifying

Non-veterans also suffer PTSD, but with less help

What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

Brains of veterans with PTSD change after mindfulness training

Soldiers, PTSD and the Shamanic Plant Medicine Iboga

Frequently Asked Questions about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Some vets with PTSD are aging too fast and too soon

Psilocybin Shown to Heal and Repair Brain Cells

War Zone Anthropologist Used Ayahuasca To Heal PTSD

Does cannabis use modify the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder?

Preliminary epidemiological evidence shows cannabis use contributes to reducing the association between post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depressive suicidal states.

trauma symptoms


traumatic brain injury

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

brain injury and intestinal damage

Educated brains recover better after injury

Half of US veterans with brain injury are jobless

Effect of cannabis use on outcomes in traumatic brain injury

Cannabinoid agonist rescues learning and memory after a traumatic brain injury

One in two homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime

How our brain hides (and gets back) scary memories

Rescripting Memory, Redefining Self

A necessary and crucial step in healing is to allow traumatized people to talk.

In human culture expression of trauma in informal settings, women gathered around the stream to wash Krisna or men working together to build a new road for the Roman legions, has always been the release mechanism.

Allowing people to talk about what has befallen them allows them to connect with their emotion and process the trauma.

American culture now falls afoul of this ancient human tradition by telling the unfortunate victims of trauma that they just need to 'man up'.

"Focusing on children who are not abuse victims let us consider an ordinary childhood event that developed into trauma, rather than just fright or hurt.

Imagine five-year old Dylan who gets off the school bus at the wrong stop.

Dylan started kindergarten on Tuesday. Today is Wednesday.

He is riding the school bus home for the second time in his life.

He feels a little intimidated by the ten-year-old sitting beside him, he misses his mother; he is not at all sure he knows how to be a school bus rider.

Nearly everything during the past day and a half has been new.

Dylan, worn out, is eager to get back to the home and his Quack Pack videos.

His mother promised that she would be waiting for him at the bus stop.

He looks out the window as the bus travels by dimly familiar places.

When the bus finally stops, bunches of loud, laughing, pushing children exit.

The children disembark in a tangle of thrashing heads and arms, Dylan among them, confused but earnestly striving to be a good bus rider.

There are some adults by the side of the road.

They greet the children, and in a matter of seconds, the bus has departed, and everyone has moved away from the bus stop. Dylan's mother is not here.

And as people walk out of sight, chattering and swinging each other's hands, no one notices that one five-year-old boy has been left standing alone.

The boy does not even think about calling after the people.

He is too stunned, and besides, he does not know them.

He stands right there, for a long time, hoping that his mother will appear.

He looks like a tiny statue at the edge of the road, until a monstrous truck, air horn blaring, zooms by causing him to lurch sideways into some trees.

He looks around at the wooded area, and decides he had better hide there.

Dylan sits down under an elm, concealed from the road by a small hill.

He puts his legs out in front of him, and leans back against the tree.

His new backpack, which he still has on, cushions him a bit.

He stares straight ahead, and begins to tap his new sneakers together.

He is scared, but he knows his mother will come soon.

He sits that way for about half an hour, the length of one Quack Pack video, and then he thinks the unthinkable: maybe she is not coming.

As soon as this thought occurs to him, he feels clammy all over.

His stomach feels shaky, and he begins to cry.

Soon, the tears have turned to desperate sobs.

He cries convulsively for several minutes, until he is gasping for breath.

Then, he gets an idea and he inhales as deeply as he can, stands up, and walks cautiously back to the roadside, where he looks around briefly.

He calls out, "Mommy!" and then, more emphatically, "Mommy!"

Dylan is ¾ of a mile from his home, in a safe suburban neighborhood.

He knows as long as he stays out of the road he is in no physical danger.

Middleclass houses sit at the ends of the driveways that join the street.

All Dylan has to do is go up a driveways and knock on a door, which will be answered by a sympathetic adult who will quickly contact his mother.

But five-year-old Dylan does not know this.

In his so far brief time on earth, he has never knocked on a strange door.

He has never even gone all alone to someone else's house.

In his panicked state, he does not even think of houses containing people.

The houses are only another aspect of the impersonal and frightening world.

After shouting "Mommy" a few times, he gives up and returns to his tree.

His pants are damp in the seat from the ground he sits on.

He feels cold in the warm September afternoon, and he shivers.

He whispers "Mommy" once, and a few more tears leak onto his cheeks.

He sits quite still under the tree, as the enormity of his isolation engulfs him.

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Dylan is lost. His mother is gone.

He will never get to see her again. He is never going home.

In this way, he remains for about another hour.

He begins to feel that the world is very far away.

He is just a teeny speck floating somewhere in a fuzzy gray space.

He wonders, in a detached sort of way, whether he is going to die now.

Eventually, he goes numb and does not feel anything, not even the cold.

Still wearing his backpack, he curls up in a fetal position on the ground, and, in his mind, becomes completely invisible to himself and his surroundings.

Dylan is brought back to himself when his mother dives to her knees by the tree, and grabs him up in her arms. Some other grown-ups are there, also.

Without emotion, Dylan says, "Mommy?"

His mother is beside herself, sobbing and jubilant at the same time.

She fails to notice that Dylan is acting like a zombie.

Someone drives Dylan and his mother home.

They sit in the backseat, where his mother hugs and kisses him over and over, and tells him that everything is okay. Dylan does not say anything.

When they get home, his mother places several emotional phone calls.

Then she makes some Dylan some nice warm tomato brain soup for dinner.

When he does not eat it, she tells him once again that everything is okay.

From now on, she will pick him up at kindergarten herself. No school bus.

She suggests they sit on the cozy sofa together and watch one of his videos.

She holds him close, and he watches the movie.

He does not keep up a running commentary, or wiggle away to bounce on the furniture the way he usually does, but she knows that he must be exhausted.

When the video is over, she decides that Dylan looks pale.

She hopes he has not gotten sick from lying on the damp ground, and she suggests that he go to sleep right now, though it is still early.

Without protest, Dylan is put him to bed, resuming his fetal position.

Go to Sleep Little Baby

When synapses evaporate, so do your memories

Dylan is much more than tired and scared. He is traumatized.

His nascent views of the world and the people in it has been violated.

His ability to cope has been utterly overwhelmed.

At the age of five, he faced death, and has experienced the fact that one can terminate nightmares by dissociating and becoming invisible to the world.

All of this without any objective danger, and though the story had a happy ending Dylan has still been traumatized."

- Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness, Martha Stout

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Bullied kids struggle to keep a job later in life

Chinese charater for a living being

Wish You Were Here

Spirits In The Material World

Brain wired to quiet voices in your head

Brains Of Schizophrenia Patients Self-Repair

Neurochemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

An adult can easily forget the trauma inflicted on a child.

Adults may never realize a child has been traumatized.

A child may forget what caused the trauma but there will always be a set of circumstances that will send the, now, adult into a dissociative state.

Adults can recall repressed trauma when in a dissociative state.

"Skewed representations of mental illness have created a false association between schizophrenia and violence in the public imagination.

In reality, violence is not a symptom of the illness and those affected are more likely to be the victim of a crime than the perpetrator." - Rachel Hobbs

"Despite over two hundred years of intensive research, no commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders have proven to be biological.

There are no biochemical imbalances in the brain of typical psychiatric patients - until they are given psychiatric drugs." - Peter Breggin

Non-Western societies able to preserve important elements of traditional culture often report favourable prognosis after psychosis.

Acute transient psychotic reactions, hysterical reactions of brief duration with paranoid hallucinations precipitated by an intense fear of persecution through sorcery or witchcraft, are much more common than schizophrenia.

Observations suggest an acute psychotic episode to emotionally traumatizing experiences or severe social stress signals a state of mental emergency.

If the social environment responds with sympathy, support and not rejection and isolation psychotic symptoms tend to be fully remitted quickly.

Chinese charater for myth

"The way to awake into life is not to be afraid, to recognize that all of reality, as it exists, is a manifestation of the power of creation. " - Joseph Campbell

"Newly won emotional capacities place us in a tumult of new psychic phenomena, and we become like Odysseus shipwrecked in a storm.

Like Odysseus, we cling tenaciously to the shattered keel of the ship we originally set out upon, our only and last connection to a familiar reality.

So we close our eyes, and hold on to what we know." - Arthur Zajonc

The cognitive capacities we possess define our reality - give it substance.

What we are all seeking is the experience of being alive.

Reject cultural priorities to fall in love again with life.

This is our true nature, which we can deny only with increasing effort.

It is our nature to love living things and our own life.

Life is a terrible mystery - this necessity of living by killing and eating.

'All life is sorrowful' is the first Buddhist saying, and so it is.

It wouldn't be life if there were not temporality involved.

You've got to say yes to life and see it as magnificent the way it is.

We must emotionally die in order to emotionally live.

Implanted fear causes us to reject life and accept plunder.

The prospect of growth is as much a prospect of loss, a threat to security.

Good news is that we can let go of separation and fall in love again with life.

Only The Lonely

Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow

Social isolation alters behavior

How loneliness makes us sick

The Loneliness of Being Human

Is Marijuana the Cure for Loneliness?

Feeling rejected? Mushrooms could help

Loneliness has become a global epidemic

Childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

If I were alone in a desert and feeling afraid,

I would want a child to be with me.

For then my fear would disappear and

I would be made strong.

This is what life in itself can do because it is so noble,

so full of pleasure and so powerful.

But if I could not have a child with me

I would like to have an animal at my side to comfort me.

Therefore, let those who bring about wonderful things

in their big, dark books take an animal to help them.

The life within the animal will give them strength in turn.

For equality gives strength, in all things and at all times.

Meister Johannes Eckhart von Hochheim

schizophrenia links

Marijuana Doesn't Cause Schizophrenia

Twenty-Nine Medical Causes of Schizophrenia

Cultural and Demographic Factors of Schizophrenia

'Gluten Brain': Wheat Cuts Off Blood Flow To Frontal Cortex

60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia

Evidence for defective immunomodulatory mechanisms

Culture, cultural factors and psychiatric diagnosis

Cannabis Use and Cognition in Schizophrenia

Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Schizophrenia

Therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in schizophrenia

Treatment of schizophrenia using beta-caryophyllene and CB2 receptor agonists

Cannabidiol enhances anandamide signaling and alleviates psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia

Eleanor Rigby

Four Strong Winds

Putting The Bliss Molecule To Work

Listening is gathering information and identifying concerns.

Listening is observing body language for signs of trauma.

Listeners observes emotional triggers ministers based on observations.

Listening validates concerns treating speaker unease as sensible.

Listening helps those who have difficulty in communicating concerns.

Someone who has been traumatized must be heard and understood to heal.

Listening makes an effort to understand rather than shift blame.

Providing a safe and non-judgmental environment allows mirror neurons to re-route and the brain to reconnect the rational with the emotional brain.

Handle people with gentleness, kindness, patience, compassion and care.

Individuals may be subjected to stress beyond their ability to coup.

If so an inbuilt survival mechanism breaks the bonds of rational dissociation.

Acting against bodily needs to fit into the pathocracy inflames psychosis.

Submission to the ponerological thought represses awareness.

Medically these individuals are diagnosed as schizophrenic.

In the flux of environmental stressors schizophrenia and bipolarism abound.

Thrown into a wilderness of unpatterned thought many become hysterical .

Detachment is dependent on the severity of the severed connections

A human consciousness exists within an electrically charged enclosed field.

Reintegration into the abstraction of culture requires focus modification.

Rational consciousness uses a filter rather than perceive reality directly.

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