Can I Heal My Brain?

52FC4E36-FE63-4BB8-94D1-186EB9E10282Over the weekend, I received a message from a reader asking about neuroplasticity.  Many people (including me) have brain challenges, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and ADP (auditory processing disorder).  These brain processing problems can cause people to struggle.  Causes are various, such as injury, stroke, emotional trauma, or heavy metal poisoning.  Genetics can also play a role.

Most of the research in this area is very new.  But be careful: some of the available information is from clickbait articles by people selling expensive solutions.


Jerzy Konorski was a fascinating character.  He was a Polish scientist who escaped the Nazi invastion. Konorski began researching again after arriving in Soviet Georgia.  He began treating soldiers who had suffered tramatic brain injuries while fighting Nazi armies on the eastern front.  But the Nazis invaded Georgia, so his laboratory moved again.
After the war, he became a target of persecution by Stalin.  During such a time of upheaval and pressure, his research continued.  He first developed the idea of brain plasticity (or as we call it now, neuroplasticity).

We know that young, growing brains are plastic, or changeable.  But even adult brains can change.  Sometimes brain changes are positive, sometimes negative.  Healing is positive.  Injuries and drug addiction cause negative changes (Doidge, 2007).

Your nervous system has a communication apparatus.  That apparatus can adapt. Connections are recreated or removed as needed.  So if you use a brain function, it becomes stronger.  If you don’t use a part of your brain, the nearby parts will start crowding in to use that space because, well, no one else seems to need it.  This is great news,  because it means healing can occur.

My plan was to discuss treatments, but my original promise for this blog was to keep articles short.  So the treatment discussion will post tomorrow.

 


 

 

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