Mental Illness and Brain Circuitry…

I think most of us did physics at school. Especially the lesson on electrical circuits. We had to put a wire and a small light bulb between two batteries to tell us how an electrical circuit is made.

It’s pretty much the same with mental illness, of any form. For example, take OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Now I’m no expert on OCD, but I’ve watched documentaries on the subject, and it’s a pretty terrifying experience for the sufferers.

A doctor explained that the circuitry goes awry for an OCD sufferer. The thought process has nowhere to go, at all. It’s on a continuous loop, round and round it goes. The sufferer has to execute a routine so that circuit has been broken, for example, washing one’s hands excessively. That thought has been processed. But another problem will crop up, and the circuit begins again. 

How this was explained was by a doctor taking a human brain and cutting it in two. He showed the viewers where the circuit is, how it develops, and any possible route of escape. If you have a mental illness, sometimes there is no escape. OCD and Autism being two typical examples. It’s routine, it’s order, it’s a set method of doing something that will make the person feel better. The escape route is there, but it takes a long time to ascertain it.

I hope I haven’t confused you too much. I’m no expert, but it was an interesting programme that explained what goes into the wiring inside our brains. Fascinating.

Allen Brooks xx

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Author: allenbrooks44

44 year old adult living with Autism...

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