One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
Mental illness includes schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar, panic disorders, alcohol dependence and other mental, neurological and substance-use disorders. The common thread through most cases is the non development of healthy coping skills. Although it is always essential to seek professional medical advice, an understanding of how many mental conditions are formed can give you more control over your life.
Stress, Trauma and Mental Illness
Gabor Maté is a pioneer in mental health, addictions and chronic illness he says,
“We don’t need a stitch more research on what causes addiction, violence, rape, psychopathic behaviour, mental illness … if we simple apply what we already know, we would have a totally different world.”
Mental illness is a by-product of nervous system dysregulation a result of a combination of traumatic experiences (early/developmental trauma; surgical trauma; shock trauma; chronic stressors that never go away in our industrialized society) that have NOT been healed at the root level, the autonomic nervous system levels.
We must set this story straight around mental illness and what it means to have better mental health. Otherwise, we will never heal as a society.”
Early Childhood Trauma and Mental Illness
From birth, the brain in each individual develops according to their life experiences, with each new experience adding to the existing structure. It is this unique development that determines the mental state and capacity as a person grows into adulthood.
When extreme stress and trauma are experienced from an early age, the brain develops coping skills. Whether these are: the ability to distract focus and attention from the present moment; creating extra identities; or establishing essential rituals – the original driver is relief from pain and stress. The “facts” and “evidence” that provide the necessity for these coping mechanisms are held in the subconscious. Every experience is interpreted, and the meaning filed as truth. Mental coping skills are developed based on this information.
For example, a child who has experienced ongoing trauma may, based on the way her subconscious has interpreted her experiences, feels helpless and a sense of no control. Her natural instinct to survive may then drive her to develop certain rituals (obsessive-compulsive behaviours) that give her a small sense of relief in the moment – feeling a little taste of some control. Since it is temporary, and she continues to experience the lack of control, her subconscious will prompt her brain to trigger chemicals that cause her to feel anxiety whenever she doesn’t perform the ritual. As far as the subconscious is concerned, this is a matter of survival. And since the subconscious has no ability to use logic or reason, it will cause the brain and body to behave as if the girl’s life is in danger if she neglects to perform the programmed ritual.
Although, as mentioned before, it is essential to take advice from a medical professional, in addition to those options, using FasterEFT it is possible to change the data in the subconscious, which is the result of the original trauma, and that is providing the “proof” that these coping skills are necessary.
FasterEFT is a ground-breaking approach to deal with mental disorders. The reason is this approach gets to the root cause of the problem, rather than just addressing signs and symptoms.