The brain




Ah the brain, magnificent functioning machine of man. Having discussed different mental disorders in this blog I thought I would delve into where it is all happening. The mysterious brain.

From Web MD

brain schematic

The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body.
It is made up of more than 100 billion nerves that communicate in trillions of connections called synapses.

The brain is made up of many specialized areas that work together:
• The cortex is the outermost layer of brain cells. Thinking and voluntary movements begin in the cortex.
• The brain stem is between the spinal cord and the rest of the brain. Basic functions like breathing and sleep are controlled here.
• The basal ganglia are a cluster of structures in the center of the brain. The basal ganglia coordinate messages between multiple other brain areas.
• The cerebellum is at the base and the back of the brain. The cerebellum is responsible for coordination and balance.

The brain is also divided into several lobes:
• The frontal lobes are responsible for problem solving and judgment and motor function.
• The parietal lobes manage sensation, handwriting, and body position.
• The temporal lobes are involved with memory and hearing.
• The occipital lobes contain the brain’s visual processing system.

The brain is surrounded by a layer of tissue called the meninges. The skull (cranium) helps protect the brain from injury.

My conjecture:

The brain is one of the most complex organs in nature. There are so many bits and pieces that something going wrong easily exists. In some mentally ill people some portions of the brain do not fire. Others misfire.In those cases reality isn’t real any more. Actually reality isn’t real it is made up of all sorts of bits and pieces of information we sort out in the brain. Don’t believe me? Pick an incident from childhood and compare your memory of it to your siblings or parents. We all see reality differently so which is the real?

Here is a link with research into that subject if you would like further information.

So now we find through research that the brain’s reality is different from what actually happened. How is that different for someone that is mentally ill and how exactly do we determine who is mentally ill or who is just seeing reality differently from us which means everyone?? My definition is that if someone’s internal mental life keeps them from enjoying a full experience in life then it could be determined to be a mental illness and need some sort of help coping. Otherwise we are all just different. There are also malformations of the brain that lead to other psychological issues. So many things make up who we are.

seratonin schematic

Another influence on our thinking is chemistry. In order for our brains to function correctly they need neurotransmitters. That is brain chemistry. People suffering from depression and there is a huge percentage of the population that do have a deficiency in those chemicals that control mood. Here is an article about that subject as well.

One of my readers asked very intelligently how I came to some of my conclusions. I am not a doctor I am just a very avid follower and investigator of mental issues. So much research needs to be done in this field and I am pleased to see it is ongoing. Hope that this little article clears up what I am using to form my opinions. If you disagree with any of them please I would love to discuss it with you. Through discussion we learn more. If we discuss these issues they come out of the closet where they never should have been in the first place. Thanks for reading!!!



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