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Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Our Brains get Sick just like our Tonsils

Many people think our brain is indestructible like Superman.  The Man of Steel “possesses the powers of flight, superhuman strength, x-ray vision, heat vision, cold breath, super-speed, enhanced hearing, and nigh-invulnerability. While Superman is immensely strong both in terms of muscle power and ability to take physical punishment, he is not all-powerful.”

Our brains are pretty remarkable, practically comparable and complex as Superman.  But, the truth is our brains get sick just like the rest of the body.  Whether it is a brain tumor, epilepsy, or bipolar, our brains get sick in a number of ways.

is our brain indestructible like Superman
is our brain indestructible like Superman?

The brain is made of cells and tissues just like the heart, lungs, or the skin.  The brain is no different than any other organ that could get sick with something chronic like cancer or another disease.  However, the one thing that is dissimilar is that the mental illness is reserved for the brain.

The Flu and our Mental Illness

The official day of fall is Monday, September 23rd.  We have already seen colorful leaves tumbling to the ground and cooler air temps fighting against the hot summer winds.  With the change of a weather season, soon we will be introduced to yet another flu season.  Everybody is susceptible to catching the flu bug, even if you have had the shot.  The flu shot only reduces the potency of the symptoms.

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Whether we had the flu shot or not, if we get sick, we do not think twice about stopping by the drug store on the way home from work to get some medicine.

The stigma of taking medicine when you have the flu is just not there like it is for someone with borderline personality disorder or OCD.  Everybody understands if you take some DayQuill for your flu bug.  If there is a chemical imbalance inside your brain and you have depression, you will want something to help with the symptoms, believe me.  The sad thing is that many people think you are weak for taking medicine.  That is faulty thinking and the subject of another blog.

Consider the flu.  Who wants to cough until you can’t talk, sneeze your head off, and have a temperature so high you could fry eggs on your forehead?  Nobody!  Then who wants to overeat until they get sick because he/she is so depressed, sleep all day and become withdrawn from y0ur life, elude your friends by not returning calls or responding to texts, and feel so overwhelmed that you can no longer function?  NOBODY!

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Can Superheroes get sick, too?

Scientists, doctors, the media and people in general, put the brain on a sort of pedestal.  The  “Superman Organ” of the body which is a part of the central nervous system, does seem pretty super once you stop and think of all it does: “the human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives signals from the body’s sensory organs and outputs information to the muscles.”

The organ who is the boss of the entire body?  I can see why people would ask is our brain indestructible like Superman?  As awesome as the brain is, we do not know everything there is to know about the brain.  In many ways everything the brain can do is still somewhat of a mystery.  When our brain gets sick and there is a chemical imbalance, something inside that grey matter could develop a mental illness.

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

But what happens when you have a mental illness?  If your brain gets sick and develop a mental health challenge, most disorders are very treatable.  Your psychiatrist can prescribe you medication, you could go to therapy, support groups and several other ways to manage your symptoms.

What causes our brains to be destructible?

We don’t know exactly how someone can develop a mental illness.  There are a handful of strong factors that point towards someone being more likely to have a sick brain and being diagnosed with a mental illness.

  1. Close Family Member with the Disorder. The child of a parent who has a severe mental disorder has about a one-third chance of developing a severe mental illness by adulthood.
  2. Environmental Factors. The environment a child grows up in can easily play a role at increasing the risk or decreasing the risk of getting a sick brain.
  3. High Stress. Sexual or physical abuse, neglect, or the death of a parent are examples of high stress/traumatic events in a child’s life.  Highly stressful events for adults could be losing a job, moving to a new place, or experiencing the death of a family member.
  4. Substance Abuse. The use of substances does not cause mental illnesses.  However, it can bring on a mood episode or quicken the onset of symptoms.
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

You will not Believe Brains are Indestructible like Superman after Reading this

  • In one year, roughly 46.6 million people struggle with a mental illness.
  • One in five adults in the United States who are agonizing from a mental illness.
  • From these stats, one in 25 people face a mental illness so severe that it interferes with major life activities.
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Turns out Mental Illness is as common as the Flu

According to the CDC each year since 2010, between 9.3 million and 49 million people have gotten sick from the flu.  Take a look above at the number of people who struggle with a mental illness.  They kind of overlap, don’t they?  Could we deduce that mental illness is as common as the flu?  We say an emphatic “YES”!

There are so many mental illnesses that are under the thumb of stigma that they might forego working outside the home and either apply for disability or they do some other work under the table.

While we are now realizing conditions such as anxiety and depression have increased in our society, these two mental illnesses are becoming more in vogue to talk about.  At the same time, illnesses which are more serious such as BPD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar, and eating disorders to name a few, are still taboo subjects

With so many people being diagnosed with a mental illness, we need to open our eyes to see they are people, too.  Our brains may not be indestructible like Superman, but we could do our part to accept people with mental illnesses and not treat them like outsiders.  With these efforts, brick by brick, we can tear down the walls of stigma.

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?
Is our brain indestructible like Superman?

Call to Action

Do you know someone who has a mental illness?  You might know the person at work, school, as a friend, or family member.  Make a date with them.  Meet for coffee. Shoot some hoops.  Go to a movie.  Take a walk.  Have dinner.

You do not need to bring up the mental illness.  Just have a nice conversation, getting to know him or her.  Put something in the comment section or email me about your new experience at lifeconquering@gmail.com.

References

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/faq.htm

https://www.yourtango.com/2019327954/why-mental-health-important-how-we-can-raise-awareness-and-stop-stigma-mental-illness

https://www.psycom.net/bipolar-disorder-causes

https://www.livescience.com/29365-human-brain.html

 

Is our brain indestructible like Superman?


Amy Pierce Romine

I am a published content and freelance writer, award-winning blogger, public speaker, copy editor and social media consultant. From adolescence through the decade of my 20’s, I went without knowing anything was wrong with me. A mental illness was the farthest possibility from my mind (LOL! No pun intended). After my first diagnosis of just “bipolar”, I waited another seven years to discover my most current diagnosis. I have bipolar 1 with psychotic features, mixed episodes and ultra-rapid cycling. An extension of my diagnosis includes the bipolar type of AD/HD, OCD, GAD and social anxiety. At the end of the day, it all comes down to my faith in God and of course my friends and family who encourage and support me every step of the way. You can find me at my other blog, Life Conquering Blog for Mental Health.


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Pierce Romine, A. (2019). Is our brain indestructible like Superman?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/discoveries/2019/09/is-our-brain-indestructible-like-superman/

 

Last updated: 22 Sep 2019
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