- 02/11/2016This is a great article written by Rachael Goldsworthy about the Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Caregivers. Please take a moment to read and share.The effect of traumatic brain injury on caregiverswww.apa.org Stressors unique to caregivers of persons with TBI, phases of adjustment post injury, challenges that family members typically experience when providing care and the importance of recognizing and managing...
- Producer31/08/2016Invisible Illnesses: Intracranial Hypertension and Chiari Malformation/ by Dr Margaret Aranda / This is a medical discussion with graphic pictures. It is not suitable for minors. Parents, please use discretion. Have you ever wondered why a baby's head is so, so soft? It really is. This is because all the bones on the...
Comments02/09/2016 #21 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#11 I know right? It is a lot of information. I added more history, and an epilogue after doing further research. Also, I'd like to ask what the Emergency phone number is in Spain and Portugal. Are there other countries I should include on an International List of Resources, as well? @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Ali Anani, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz? Give me your best number ~ And and Open Invitation for others to ask me to list resources for their country. Happy to do that.02/09/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#6 Perfect solution ~ as I also don't particularly like to ask people to "Share" as a 'jump-start.' My thinking here in not posting to beBee EN was that I believe I'm the only doctor - introducing a medical image in a venue where this is a newbee post uniquely, I really didn't want a very very huge audience to get 'pounced on' with this article. There are more subject matters of impending delicate topics, and I'm paving the road step-by-step. Love your suggestions ~I'll take them all!01/09/2016 #9 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Anything that makes the face red also increases blood supply to the brain" Been learning about this in some of my own brain studies, but the way you just stated this makes me curious about my rosacea.. Thanks for an arresting image and informative post, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD01/09/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianJust a suggestion, Mags. It's good to found your own hives. Posting only to them limits your distribution. The strongest part of publishing on beBee is that Hives handle distribution. Distribution begets Views. Views Beget Followers. Followers beget Comments. Comments beget shares.
That sounds almost Biblical.
Few of us, myself included, have the follower strength to float a hive, let alone three. Here's my thought: Post to 1 of yours and to 2 established hives that are pertinent to the subject matter. That's a compromise solution. You can build your own hive while still getting Views.
I shared this to Lifestyles. I'll go see what other busy hives make sense for this subject. That's important. I see recipes posted to IT professionals and Marketing... BAD IDEA!01/09/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#2 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian: Thank you so much for taking the time to read. You know I started to get that pit in my stomach since there were no Comments for over 12 hours. I'll be writing these very specifically, and as far as I know, this format is not found on any one else's blog.I'll be reaching out to all my Contacts in Invisible Illnesses, and ask that the beBee Community reach out to people afflicted with various syndromes that are bound to affect even one of us. If we help one person, it's all worth it. Thank you, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian ~reaching out to support this is just incredibly ...awesome. Thank you with my heartfelt appreciation.01/09/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDThis is my first 'medical' article, meant for patient education, medical students, interns and residents. Empowering for RebelPatients(TM). In every medical article that I write, I will include a sample exam question in the typical format of the American National Medical Board Examination. @Charles David Upchurch, @Phillip Louis D 'Amato, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Randy Smith, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Sara Jacobovici, @Michele Williams, @Tommy McElroy, MD, @Cristian 🐝 Randieri, PhD Founder & CEO of Intellisystem.it Randieri.com, @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI, @Tosin Ojajuni, PhD, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz. Adding another layer of patient education and academic medicine to beBee~
- Producer26/07/2016Challenging Limiting BeliefsMuch is being said about seeking and embracing authenticity. Implicit in this authenticity is a mind state free of limiting subjective beliefs and the identification and adoption of a universal objectivity, a connection to a greater truth....
Comments19/11/2016 #23 Ian Weinberg#21 @Donald Grandy Used at the moment in rehab of stroke and head injured individuals. A similar application is being used in the neuro-coaching environment to move individuals from limiting beliefs into more resourceful mind states. That's about the limit of my knowledge on neuroplasticity applications right now.19/11/2016 #22 Gerald Hecht#20 @Ian Weinberg you are absolutely correct...the precursor to both subjective experience and objective knowledge (ethos and logos, etc.) is always out in front of us ...the only reality is us...where we "point ourselves" and then proceed...or fail to...Yeah it's easier when you're young...to a person who 1) was taught that Neuroplasticity "fades" with age (in the same chapter that discussed the "great developmental neuronal pruning" between birth and age five) ...and 2) actually "fell" for that "empirically derived fact" (from techniques, instrumentation, methodologies of the 1950's-60's)...internalized it and 3) transformed it into dogma ...which they now worship (have faith in)...29/07/2016 #17 Leckey Harrison#11 It's the other way around, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. As trauma heals, it allows for curiosity which requires a certain level of feeling safe and taking risk. A brain in survival mode won't do that. You didn't ask me but...
Heller in his book "Healing Developmental Trauma," makes the comment that memory is the actual firing of two neurons. Essentially since memory seems scattered in the brain, and to re-capture it requires pulling from let's say the motor cortex, the olfactory and gustatory regions, and they all finally converge, the firing off that input in the last neuron is the memory. That's quite the thought, and some would say that the "mind" is the working of the brain. That "firing" is how I translate the "working."
In Buddhism there is little distinction between heart and mind, heart meaning emotion. I haven't yet tried to parse out what that means in terms of William James' assertion that we feel because we move (I fear because I run from danger) not the other way around. There seems to be some credence in that from a vagal nerve aspect, I just haven't put the time into it yet. Buddhism doesn't quite emphasize embodiment like I've experienced, so there seems to be some relationship, as even to Buddhists there is Buddha nature, which exists after the corporeal passes on. I think they refer to it as consciousness. That part of me that can objectively look at my thinking process and thoughts, and indeed, be separate from them.
What I call a material atheist, meaning one who denies there is any god(s), would deny anything called "spirit," "soul," or "mind," would say it's all electro-chemical. Partly due to biology, and partly due to the inability to prove the existence of non-material other and then claiming "it's a mystery."29/07/2016 #15 Gerald HechtI@Ian Weinberg I don't know if you've given investigated Kessler's latest, FWIW, it continues to grow on me; it only came out a few months Sno and it's already dogeared and margin defaced. https://katesharpernews.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/book-of-the-week-capture-david-a-kessler-m-d/ #229/07/2016 #13 Max🐝 J. Carter#11 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD What are the differences between the 'mind,' the 'spirit,' and the 'soul?'
Thin mind is the flesh, the soul powers the flesh and the spirit connects the soul to God or The Universal Consciousness or whatever help you sleep better at night.
It actually is that simple.29/07/2016 #11 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#8 #9 #10 Well, there's tons of energy, neuroplasticity, and great conversation going here, and I'll add, @Max🐝 J. Carter another esoteric question...because I would love to hear your view: What are the differences between the 'mind,' the 'spirit,' and the 'soul?' I've never really met anyone who could quite explain, but ha! perhaps that is the mystery that we are not to attain in this life. But I'm still curious! So curious to know more about how 'being curious' overrides the brain pathways to diminish PTSD, @Leckey Harrison, too. On another tangent, in 1979 & again in 2002, I raised my children without one jar of baby food. It made them 'different,' nutritionally, than all of their peers. Neither liked 'candy, soda' and such. And they both are great cooks because the 'taste' of homemade is so much more rich. So my point is that if we integrate the memory of smells of say, cinnamon rolls baking in the oven (a very potent smell from 1/2 block away)....then the reminiscences "come back" with this same scent. Much as the reminiscence of for example, music of the 70's bringing us 'back' to associate The Beatles:Mr Ed, @Gerald Hecht. Finally, patients with dementias like Alzheimer's must secrete 'happy high' endogenous endorphins when looking at baby pics, hearing certain songs, etc... it has been proven that reminiscence can halt the progression of Alzheimer's too....so Leckey, what role could reminiscence play as visual therapy (or literally re-visiting the same preschool park) for bringing a teen back to remember good times and be curious while walking in the same park? Oh so much lovely food for thought ~ you are all wonderful, such wonderful minds! And look where we got!29/07/2016 #10 Max🐝 J. CarterYou are a bundle of emotional energy called a soul wrapped in flesh.
You actually begin forming what you will become from an emotional imprint of the totality of your parents emotional selves at the time of conception.
I wrote a piece on it that will make this comment a lot shorter. https://thechurchofrocknroll.org/2016/06/14/what-is-the-essence-of-the-condition-of-being-human/29/07/2016 #9 Leckey Harrisongreat article, Ian. What I use as reference to early childhood is the ACE test, and of course www.acestoohigh.com and www.acesconnection.com are all about the all too pervasive child abuse and neglect. As I mentioned in my comment to @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD View moregreat article, Ian. What I use as reference to early childhood is the ACE test, and of course www.acestoohigh.com and www.acesconnection.com are all about the all too pervasive child abuse and neglect. As I mentioned in my comment to @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, it is my opinion that indeed, neuroplasticity is impacted by childhood traumatic stress. Peter Levine said in his little book, "Healing Trauma,: and David Berceli has said the same thing, trauma and curiosity cannot exist together. Curiosity returns when trauma begins to heal sufficiently. David told me that if I wanted to change the world, heal trauma. I've seen the fruit of it in my life, and in the lives of those I've worked with. My work is teaching others how to lift the physiological limit on positive change. Close29/07/2016 #8 Leckey Harrison#3 I want to take a crack at that re-wiring thought. Robert Scaer postulated that memories of trauma are "encapsulated." I take that to mean that with the emotional and physiological charge that the even held and was never released. That sets the stage for the brain, and as this article states, limits the ability of the brain's neuroplasticity. I think @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, in our discussion I brought this up, that trauma release (through TRE) acts as a polishing stone in regards to our encapsulated, frozen memories. It slowly tumbles them and takes the rough and ugly stone which we hold at arm's length, if not further, and slowly brings it closer. It has been my experience, and here I speculate, that when the body has finally discharged the energy around that memory, that the memory moves from implicit memory to explicit memory where it belongs. Now, it may be polished, but that doesn't imply it's beautiful. Not all of life is. What makes it beautiful is that we can acknowledge it happened, and that we released it and have moved beyond just being a survivor. For that teen then, if there were explicit memories of joy, then as the brain re-orders itself while healing from a traumatic/stress/survival state, then the portions of the brain that contain those memories come back online. The traumatized brain does not utilize the cortices very fully, the body is "lost" proprioceptively, and the hippocampi can lose mass and function due to elevated levels of cortisol.
I will caveat here and say I haven't read Levine's book on memory so I could be completely wrong. Based on what I've read of Levine's other works, Scaer's works, and my experience in healing is how I derive this view.29/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 Great subject - the cascade of systemic inflammation. We know from Age Management Medicine that huge issues of heart disease, diabetes, chronic metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disease and cancers all can benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet. I haven't written too much on this, save for my 'Watermelon' breakout Buzz. But I've been waiting for someone else to enter this subject, and I hope we can continue this lively niche. Nitric oxide, flax seed, tumeric, hot peppers...oh, we shall be in for much great and good food for both thought and stomach. Looking forward to all.29/07/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 #2 Welcome to beBee, and love everything Neuro! I know we shall have great neuro conversations with you...Too much to say & will follow your fractal Buzzes! I am very aware (yet still superficially touching) your works masterminding an implicit plethora of insight on integrating wellness physiology, performance and leadership through mind state optimization. Ahh..neuroplasticity. Just discussed that with @Leckey Harrison. Most especially in your pioneer work on Applied Psychoneuro-Endocrinology (PNE), I have a special interest in the central endocrine system as affected by the pituitary gland, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), traumatic brain injury with diabetes insipidus (DI), and pure Perseverance. I also noted in 1979 that the skin:skin contact with my newborn baby sent shockwaves of 'high' as apparently (we know now) endogenous endorphines were released. I'm wondering about a child's psyche regarding development into an adult, with the damaging effects of parental alienation from divorce. How is it best to re-wire through neuroplasticity so that a teen will 'remember' her mother? I say this as I am involved with Robin Karr (I need to bring her into beBee) in The Motherless Child Project. We shall be learning from you in lots of dimensions, and if you get too tired or bored, please feel free to say! We need your keen mind to keep paving the way. Thank you for being here.
- Producer08/07/2016Distracted Driving Derails an Innocent Doctorby Dr Margaret Aranda /In the USA, there are 6 million car accidents per year, with half resulting in personal injuries. 2015 statistics show the number of deaths per country (with the risk of dying) as follows: United States = 1.2 million (1.3%);...
Comments26/08/2016 #13 Mohammad Azam Khan5 times down. 3 cars, 2 motorcycles. Twice for distracted driving, searching for casettes on the floor including once on the passenger side. One tree, and once into a truck reversing onto the road from nowhere but I was looking elsewhere. Lucky, very lucky. None other hurt either. Too lucky. Since then has been quite a while. Taught the children too. Thank-you for your efforts Dr. Margaret Aranda. Sharing.18/08/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, thank you for sending an extremely important message with your post. I cringe when I see someone driving while talking on their phone. I find it rude as there is no way they can be totally focused on driving. They are jeopardizing the lives of others and I believe most don't see it this way. It's very unfortunate.18/08/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD I feel you on this. I have a friend who seems to insist she must make a phone call or text when driving, and it scares me. She also insists on driving fast, which sets my flashbacks in motion. I have spoken to her on many occasions and her response is the same, she drives carefully and nothing will happen. After much lectures she has stopped, and will allow me to drive when we are together, even though I drive quite slowly now (smile) but within the speed limit. I think there should be a universal ban on doing anything while driving. "Hoping someone creates an app which is mandatory for all vehicles, so the car will slow down or shut down if multi tasking is sensed and a report sent to the police station." This is a real pet peeve of mine. I was knocked down while I was standing by a driver who did not look in her rear view mirror while reversing. Maybe we need a hive for safety for life!27/07/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe have to realize that vehicles are weapon's of mass destruction without appropriately trained and alert drivers. The damage that can be done for those few seconds is incomprehensible. Very important, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD View moreWe have to realize that vehicles are weapon's of mass destruction without appropriately trained and alert drivers. The damage that can be done for those few seconds is incomprehensible. Very important, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD for us all to persistently call foul on the way the trends of technology cause us to forget how precious life and health are. Close09/07/2016 #7 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#4 @Brian McKenzie: No WONDER we have so much in common, and there's just something that draws me to you...we've both had head injuries. I don't remember if I knew that before (haha~ brain injury!) but I won't forget it now. Hey, we're Survivors and no one can take that away. And yes, I always drove a mile behind any motorcyclist, and got the heck away from them no matter where they were. Because it did't matter if they were already dead before I ran them over. I would still feel the death on my conscience, and that's something I could never bear. Wow. You keep on writing, man. Just keep on writing. You ROCK!09/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#3 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, yes, it is true that I am still disabled...and will remain on life-long medications and precautions for everyday survival. Perhaps that is why I want to give so much to the world each day, why my heart years to answer the calling to be a voice for the voiceless. I thrive in turning the 'negatives' into 'positives,' and I love how much I have learned about a living world of 'invisible' children and disabled who otherwise would not have had this platform. I'm just grateful to God.08/07/2016 #4 Brian McKenzieAs a long time motorcyclist; I trust none of you in cars. Not a single one. My Grandpa told me the key to riding in traffic was to ride like nobody sees you, and those that do - are aiming for you. Best advice you will ever get, to the two ton + idiot boxes rolling down the road. 40 years of riding and my one accident was from a deer.....that I am still convinced was suicidal. PS my own head trauma accident was because the car infront of me locked their brakes on a wet bridge deck and the Suburban behind me had nowhere to go but into me. RIP 68 CUSTOM BEETLE.08/07/2016 #3 Lada 🏡 PrkicDear Margaret, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I read the Clinical Case Report. In the last paragraph I found this sentence “The patient is still disabled, has severe orthostatic hypotension, and some cognitive dysfunction is expected to remain”. It’s shocking.
I join all those who love you for everything you do for disabled people.:))08/07/2016 #1 Anees ZaidiDear @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD thank you for bringing attention to a monster killing and maiming thousands of lives every minute. Parents need to play a greater role in advising and training kids to learn and practice safe driving. The country I am residing in has a very bad record. Reckless and crazy driving is the norm here putting hundreds of lives at risk every second on the roads.
- 24/04/2016My friend and co-founder of Out-Thinking Parkinson's, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich has released her new book "Second: A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love" which she wrote to help anyone getting over the loss of a canine companion, by sharing her own story and experiences. Available exclusively from her website www.insightsoccur.com. She read it to me and I was totally enrapt in her story.
Comments26/08/2016 #11 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#10 Thanks so much my dear! It is absolutely essential to understand the responsibility of being a pet companion. And while it is predominantly smooth sailing the beginning and end of the relationship are the periods when we have to be ready to use our human brains in different ways. Since my end and 2nd beginning came so close together, I hope to be able to help others navigate those transitions with a little more preparation.26/08/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley#9 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I'm not a pet person, but if I were, you would be a wonderful example to follow. I like looking at birds and fishes, and love watching horses. I also think it's important for pet owners to be kind and loving if they decide to have a pet. Cruelty to animals should never be accepted. Good luck with your book my friend02/07/2016 #6 Gary Sharpe#3 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD so I think this will be up your street https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gary-sharpe/how-to-get-moving-again-with-parkinson-s-disease - sorry I could not share it to invisible illness because I have already shared it to 3 hives myself... it contains a link to another one of @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and my books, which with the new cover image created by @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian I will share to your book hive. In the meantime I will use this opportunity to say that Deb's "Second" is available exclusively at www.insightsoccur.com02/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#2 @Service Dogs and their effect on us: great topic of super importance. @Selim Yeniçeri shared a fantastic, emotional, and life-saving video on the value of a dog in one man's life. And the loss of the dog is something near and dear to you, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich so I wonder if you've seen this video. I shall try to find it.02/07/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 @Gary Sharpe, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich: we need all your social media sites, to promote one anothers' books on my Hive (named after myself due to my traumatic brain injuries, so I can find my own string of Hives, (and not self-serving lol @Paul Waters!) Hive: "Dr Margaret Aranda: Stirring Authors Along." Just visited Deb's site and I particularly like the Donations page to further work on neuroplasticity. My first peer-reviewed manuscript was on Increased Intracranial Pressure after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and now I have suffered two TBIs. So, yes, it is an area of great importance. Please feel free to join my Hive ~ Invisible Illnesses: Traumatic Brain Injury, which will have a supreme overlap with Parkinson's. And just for you to know my empathy, I stayed at my father's side as he died from Alzheimer's disease. I pronounced his death so this is near and dear to me. Can't get any more near & dear.....
- Producer01/07/2016The Most Complex Machine on the Planet.Science tells us that the brain processes between 200 million and 400 trillion bits of information every second. We are actually aware of around 2,000. This means that at best estimate, we are aware of 0.00001% of whats going on at any moment. Add...
Comments11/07/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe starting point is important especially if we are looking adversity straight in the face. There is a great difference between the brain dealing with a hill of adversity rather than a brain that is facing an endless cliff face. We can build our resilience when the challenge is a hill, and we also acknowledge here that we have not really been on the receiving end of life. So from a state of health we can cultivate even more health but when one is facing extreme challenge, it is a long journey where the contemplative is a luxury for us, compared to those who are battling back from huge challenges. The kind of challenge I am talking about is featured in a documentary about British boxer Michael Watson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9ZO0FL2Vx811/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 I'll wager that in Bali, time is slower than in other areas...thereby leaving you in a time continuum where you are protected from the actual passage of 'real' time. I'll also bet that as long as you're taking care of your mind, body and soul, that you are aging slower than the rest of the average big-city population in the rat-race. So have another beer on me, yeah. It's a good diuretic and on a hot day, it hits you like nothing else.04/07/2016 #8 Sharon KingIt's true Daniel @Daniel Donachie, we really only fire off a few synapses at any given moment and most of the time they're spent on keeping a tight fist over something that happened in our past that we can't let go of. Please keep making these videos, they're really interesting and super informative.
- 27/06/2016Today in National PTSD Awareness Day. Traumatic stress isn't just the result of a singular event, or several of them. It is also the result of chronic unreleased stress. PTSD effects all of life, and it is curable. I know. Mine is the face of PTSD
Comments28/06/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDI think that there is a huge demand for this Hive to overlap with my hive, "Veterans: Mental Health" but I ran out of Buzzes to share. Can @Leckey Harrison, @Sara Jacobovici, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Brian McKenzie, @Randy Keho, @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, and would like to run that by my loves: @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman and @Ali Anani!28/06/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD@Leckey Harrison: ABSOLUTELY the "take-home" message of the month! Just as an anesthesiologist and trauma surgeon work together with the Operating Room nurses and surgical technicians, we too have to work on one human at a time, to "put them back together, healing their wounds." And we are DOING it! We don't just talk about it. We DO.28/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDPerfect scenario. Just perfect. And just as I dedicate a Buzz a week for our Veterans, the chronically ill, and the oppressed, I shall always be here, too. We don't need a National Day or a National Month to devote to honoring any of these issues. They are infinite and deserve great justice. Thank you for joining me, @Leckey Harrison! I can't thank your leadership enough!
- Producer03/06/2016Healing Trauma"Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering." - Peter Levine, Healing Trauma, page 7.I agree. I think I could add that stress rolls in at the number twocause. The solution can be simple....
Comments04/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#11 My biggest attitude of unrelenting Perseverance plowed me through enough to put me in a conversation that almost no MD's can have with millions of patients...and what we are doing here is so positive...I'm 'curious and curious-er' to see where we evolve together in one year. For me, I walk with the Lord most heavily, and I believe in miracles. My famous quote (haha) is: "You see a crack in the cement. If only one dandelion grows out of a crack in the cement, then that dandelion should be You." ~ I just Googled myself the other day and discovered the quote is official. So, keep track of your phrases and Quotes. Gather them as your essence, and you will have allowed your values, your inspiration to live on in one small way. I would like to see that for each one of us.03/07/2016 #12 Leckey Harrison#9 Where I think cognitive tools are helpful is in the narrative we all live. It sometimes helps to put t all together, and, a fresh set of perspective and eyes can't hurt. I just don't start there. My body is the bacon, ammo, and motorcycle. As Bessel van der Kolk, titled his book, "The Body Keeps the Score." The body can even it.02/07/2016 #11 Neville GauntThanks for prompting me @Gary Sharpe and I was most taken by the last para - worth repeating ... "It has to start with each of us healing our own hurts. Hurt people, hurt people. Not policies, or warm fuzzies talking about how great the world would be. It requires doing the work. It isn't a microwave solution, but the change will begin immediately. Then you won't have to just imagine the world as an invocation, you'll start to feel it. You'll start to live it." @Leckey Harrison. Because the first and last step is raising one's awareness and that applies to everyone and everything - not just the extreme nature of trauma. The one and only thing we can control is ourselves, our attitude and behaviour and that's probably what people don't like to believe, but it's true. That's the biggest elephant in the room so we just have to deal with it. Gary refers to Mind Fit and from 20 years of experience it's a process that works in your context, any context. Happy to explore more if it makes sense.02/07/2016 #10 Gary Sharpe@Leckey Harrison very interesting, because one of the things I wanted to share about my experience with counselling https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gary-sharpe/my-experience-with-counselling-and-parkinson-s-disease is that done right it is not just about talking and listening but it gives you the mind tools to be able to start tackling these things for yourselves. Another source which helped me to even begin to think about what traumatic events may have occured in my life which could have contributed to developing Parkinsonism's is @Neville Gaunt's "MindFit". Interestingly, I was just lying here before turning on the computer thinking back to past events to see if I could uncover anything. And I remembered an incident as a young man where I very nearly drowned.02/07/2016 #9 Brian McKenzieI never found talking about it did any good; especially since the prevailing wind of sentiment seems to be - get over it, it's all in your head, that was decades ago,.... etc. And the 'clinical' solution always seems to be the next and new pharma - candy that they are getting paid to push. F*ck - just give me bacon, ammo, and a motorcycle and I will deal with the shit on my own.02/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 I'm happy to have you here, too, @Leckey Harrison...our Invisible Illness population is so neGlEcTEd.....the rEsTLesSnESs iS jUsT aN eChO. @Anees Zaidi, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Ali Anani, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, @debasish majumder, @Gary Sharpe, @Brian McKenzie, @Dr. Allen Brown.