My story is simple. I was doing fine, after recovering from a psychotic episode that got my sent to a Forensic Institution. After I had recovered I was on the way back into society until the 2015
summer, hit record highs of heat, getting my ill. I then received strep throat and was put on penicillin. Unfortunately I had a reaction and was sent to the ER. Preceding this, I had some delusional throughs and then following this bout of illness, I was extremely mentally ill. This is my mind/body connection story.
Unfortunately it the story is not soundproof, because during this time in the ER, I was taken off my psychotic meds. This could be the reason why for the past 2 years I have been rebuilding my mental faculties. Though, the fact that I remember having some delusional thoughts that were recorded by the doctor in meetings, leads me to think that my bodily symptoms led me to become mentally unstable.
— Ask Doctor about illness.
From the end of summer of 2015-until roughly the beginning of 2017 I have been fighting OCD tendencies which I never had before I received strep throat and had a reaction to penicillin. My
anxiety has been heightened too. While these mental symptoms heightened, I also had some cysts that had to be cut open. I had an operation for a pilonidal cyst, although that had been benign for several years. With all my mental problems and physical problems, I was becoming a management problem in the hospital which almost got my sent back to a more secure unit. Though my cysts stopped occuring, I learned to manage my OCD tendencies and other things such as anxiety and some behavioural issues. This all seemed to tie itself up quite nicely, both my physical problems and mental problems healing symbiotically.
The proof is in the pudding, literally. Those with high-caloric diets, that eat heavy saturated fatty foods lead to heart problems, obesity, and diabetes all in the path leading to metabolic syndrome. To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, “Doctors say that if you have three or more of these issues, you have metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure, excess belly fat, high triglycerides (the stored form of fat from your food), low HDL cholesterol, high fasting blood sugar.
What this means, is these physical ailments, all dealing with the heart, arteries and blood-levels, have been shown to be linked with a failing memory. This is because Mental health is Physical health, or Mental well-being is Physical well-being. This is some ways hidden, and in some ways blatantly obvious. Just by considering the words: the brain is an organ of the physical body. It is, it just functions differently than other organs do, but nonetheless it is still an organ of the body.
The body is so intertwined; just one failing system can put you at jeopardy. Although, the brain and its consciousness sometimes can be compared to Descartes formulation of how the brain works. To do this, he created a little sketch, he made an analogy between a human and compared them to a “Ghost and the Machine.” The ‘Machine’ is the body, while the ‘Ghost’ works in the machine until death, where the ‘Ghost’ leaves for the purpose of continuity.
Other philosophers have also added organs being related more closely to the ‘Ghost’ than to the ‘Machine’, and the soul being everything we consider of our being.
Connecting the mind to the body …
“What do you have if you don’t have your health?” – Chef Harper
Coffee is great for the body and for the mind. It boosts your mood and overall healthiness while researchers say which combating sugar related and heart problems, diabetes, and and also reducing your chances of having cancer. Myths with coffee drinks such as necessitating a cup of water with every cup of coffee, are false, because coffee supplies a cup of water with a douse of coffee bean, and as far as coffee being a diuretic could also be highly false. (research)
Coffee can also improve mood and efficiency when needing a boost or some extra energy. It’s very common to see a company or faction do well in caffeine pro-environment. It can also be seen as a stress reliever activating different parts of the sympathetic adrenomedullary system.
Things that affect the body negatively in turn also affect the brain, while also, good things for the body help the mind and the abilities, as well as feelings of the mind and it’s functioning.
My story (again) …
When I was in Hawthorne, I was doing well. Until the middle of summer, which was the hottest and driest on record I had a few delusions that surfaced and only until after I got better did I
realize they were delusions. Most of the delusions were transference I suffered by not fully being conscious which I maintain was physical caused, not medical or mental. I thought someone I had known from Mexico was a new patient.
Shortly after this, I had strep throat. Moreover, I was given penicillin, and it had an allergic reaction sending me to the ER.
Since, this incident I had a hard time functioning, shortly after, and also being able to live on a outer unit. While these functioning issues, mostly memory related, the same time I had most acute mental problems, I had several cysts, that had to be cut open and filled with gauze, daily. Since these physical problems have reduced, my mental problems also continued to progressively return to base level for myself.
I think it was the hot nights. Time Magazine says that “hotter nights make heat wave dangerous” and that without a proper cooling of the planet at night, the human “body has to work pretty hard
to keep itself cool,” (Brooke Anderson) – when it’s supposed to be resting.
Another aspect is something that causes one to fault mentally, especially when under extreme amounts: stress, a negative feature of the human body genuinely occurs when something threatens our safety or wellbeing. The pituitary gland sends out HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which activates a fight or flight scenario. Stress wears down the human brain.
Worrying prepares you for a perceived event in which something bad may happen. Worrying also keeps you vigilant and aware of the things happening and anxiety speeds up your bodily functions by increasing your perception and awareness to treat the problem at hand. Worrying allows yourself to self-talk or (uninterested) rationalize the worry, that the perceived negative outcome isn’t all that bad. Too much worry can put stress on the brain, overworking it, in a state of hypervigilance which is not as good for the brain as relaxation and calmness.
There are also two tolerances. Tolerances to natural drugs (human) and man-made pharmaceuticals (bad) and tolerances to pharmaceuticals (bad) and the second; building tolerance to stress in the body (good). Exposing yourself, understanding your stress, and building ways to deal with it is great. There are ways such as to reduce the amount of stress, when it happens (because it probably will) and then learning to simply ignore the stressor, and seeing the event leave, especially if it is not the great a deal, and can be rationalized.
Aging is the slow death of the brain which occurs as the brain begins to underdeveloped, and become less responsive and strong. Things tend to be harder to do, or remember, but having the experience, and using it to counteract the weaker brain you have over time, learning tricks to help yourself succeed, even with a less great of a brain you have/ will have after your 30’s and 40’s. Intellect is great, but experience is real.
“The only constant in life is death.” – Dr. Tolian Soren (Star Trek)