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Mind over matter and the placebo effect


Can mind alone overcome the matter of mental health? 

I am sure everyone has heard of the placebo effect: sugar pills having similar effects of antidepressant medication.  Something like 40% of patients taking the sugar pill got better, compared to the 60% of those taking the actual prescribed medication.  The fact that is not mentioned in the report of the study, is that the placebo effect takes place among that 60% as well.  

Studies show that actual physical changes in neurochemistry and brain activity occur as a result of belief.  These chemical changes happen in addition to those caused by medication or the sugar alone. Individual differences in belief play significant roles here.  

A portion of the prefrontal cortex of the brain has been correlated with the prevalence of a placebo.  This part of the brain is capable of extinguishing the fear and negativity that is created, causing a physiologically healing response.  Studies also show that left-handedness is correlated with the placebo effect as they tend not to over-analyze things.

We attach beliefs to everything that we do.  Thus, if you believe the morning glass of water is going to cure your depression, it might.  Drumming, yoga, qigong, meditation, and many other practices within the healing arts have this in common.  The key is truly believing, and witnessing instantaneous and long term effects.  

Please note that I do not condemn medications, as they have their place in recovery and in many situations are necessary.  For extreme cases, chemical intervention is required to return the brain to a stable state, but is not the end of the line.

Something to think about:  What about your day do you look forward to?  Is there something that you can do to bring yourself an overwhelming sense of calm?  Is there a different way for you to look at your situation that relieves anxiety and dissolves fear?      ...I believe that there always is...and that the entire human being benefits from this...

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  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    I'd like to hear more about the lefthandedness correlation. Delve into that deeper? I'm confused a bit.

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    Scott Robertson 4 years ago

    Sorry for not seeing your comment until now. The tool used to publish has changed and I didn't realize I had new comments.

    I'll look into that for you, but because of the word limit, I have to be pretty specific. What part of handedness are you interested in? The right side of the brain is typically more active in left handed people. General info can be found on it can be found here:

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