Brain problems are vastly under-recognized
Brain problems are one of the most under-acknowledged but critically important issues of our
Athough the problem is vastly under-recognized, awareness is growing.
The recent explosion of brain power books, along with easier access to
meditation and yoga centers have played a big role in raising awareness about healthier brain functioning.
Brain problems can originate early in life
Even though the brain is resilient, it is fragile - much more so than most people realize.
The brain is especially "tender" when we are young, before neural networks and brain patterning have become well
Stress, trauma, or any number of other factors can "hard wire" brain imbalances that then become the dominant
way of being (or reacting).
Brain problems can be caused by too much stimulus
Your brain is now exposed to, and receives, thousands of times more information and stimuli than people received
only a few generations ago.
The ever increasing load of brain stress wears us down, destabilizes healthy
brain balance, and causes a range of brain problems that are at the root of many health, relationship, and social
Over time, people will learn to better filter and prioritize the ever rising tide of information. Until then,
our brains will be increasingly burdened by the growing amount of "noise".
Brain problems can be caused by injury
The brain is extremely delicate and can be injured, affected, or altered much more easily than most people
realize. It does not take much to cause an injury that can lead to all kinds of subtle and not-so-subtle
brain injury symptoms.
Brain problems not only affect the injured, they affect families, friends, coworkers, relationships, jobs, and
finances. The collective impact of brain problems on society as a whole is only just starting to be more widely
What causes brain problems?
Each year millions of people world wide suffer with brain problems from "obvious" accidents. Many end up in a
medical setting and therefore have a higher potential to be acknowledged as brain injuries. However,
these are only the tip of the brain problem iceberg.
Each year a far greater number of people experience what may seem to be more minor incidents, the kind that do
not end up in medical settings. A knock to the side of the head from a fall. A bang on the head playing sports. A
shake of frustration because a baby keeps crying. Going too far with alcohol or drug use. Even a nagging headache
from exposure to carbon
monoxide around a poorly vented gas appliance or fireplace.
Even a mild impact or incident can easily cause a brain problems, especially if it is to a region of the head
that has previously sustained an injury/trauma. Brain problems can easily compound on themselves. While the person
may think they are fine, their brain may have been injured. This can lead to all kinds of subtle or not-so-subtle
behavioral and cognitive problems.
Who lives with brain problems?
Most people with mild brain problems are not aware that they are living with a brain injury AND that it is
affecting them AND the people around them. For each brain problem that is acknowledged there are likely hundreds,
perhaps thousands that go unrecognized. This is the part of the brain problem iceberg that is beneath the
Each year millions of new brain problems of all kinds are added to the already millions living with them. Year
after year the number builds. The number of people living with and suffering from brain problems is not known.
Nobody knows how deep the brain problem iceberg goes.
How to help brain problems
There are a number of different approaches that aim to help brain
Brain train programs, brain support programs,
and even meditation retreats can make a big difference to support those
looking for help.
"The adult brain retains much of the plasticity of the developing brain, including the power to
repair damaged regions, to grow new neurons, to rezone regions that performed one task and have
them assume a new task, to change the circuitry that weaves neurons into the networks that allow us
to remember, feel, suffer, think, imagine, and dream.
"Yes,…the brain can change its physical structure and its wiring long into
Sharon Begley, Author
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
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