2 thoughts on “Depression? Anxiety? Seven Strategies to Naturally Boost Healing Processes in the Brain & Body, 3 of 3

  • June 13, 2012 at 2:19 am

    This is very interesting and has a lot of merit. I’d like to bring up a couple additional topics to change the color of light shed on the topic, as this is near and dear to my heart.

    First, I’d like to contrast this stance with the article you wrote, “The First Task of Life? Survival and Our Quest to Be Loved.” The way I refer to this is “you don’t know what you don’t know” and therefore, the current reality is normal.

    Second, you reference the work of Dan Siegel so you know his stance on Attachment Theory and implicit memory. Linda Graham refers to these implicit memories as “patterns remain frustratingly intractable to consciousness and insight alone” (from “Attachment Theory,” an article title on her website).

    The final point I’d like to make is the Romanian orphans whose brain development was physically, structurally different from other children their age due to the excessive presence of cortisol during the brain formative years.

    I think this article has great pointers for adult-onset stress, yet downplays by omission the very challenging ability to adapt affect and behavior when the brain developed in a stress-chemical-soup, in-utero through infancy.

    I’m actually looking to work with someone who gets these components and knows how to apply neuroplasticity principles to make lasting changes beyond “knowing better than.” Bio/neurofeedback would be a bonus, but I’m pretty limited in my choices as it is (and no chance of anyone taking insurance!) Sadly the most effective way (cost and results) to manage _life_ is the very thing this article objects to. 🙁

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Thank you for commenting and your interest in attachment. One objection to meds is that it focuses our hopes and beliefs on finding a ‘cure’ outside of ourselves, and we seem wired to be/become what we believe – as evidenced by those who create miracle-like changes to heal themselves of emotional and even physical disease. Yes, these patterns are persistent and resist change. I cannot help wonder about the power of believing in the capacity of our brain and body for healing, along with taking action to provide essential nutrients, physical, mental and emotional. You didn’t mention whether you’ve tried the 7 strategies. Thanks again for writing.


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