Emotional Disorders and Phobias
What are Emotional Disorders?
We tend to think of emotional disorders as the more severe diagnoses of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder or major depressive disorder. These are certainly mental disorders, but it is important to recognize that even less severe emotional and sensory disorders have a profound effect on all the body’s systems. Habitual stress and chronic overwhelm can result in feelings of anger, powerlessness or despair. There is an overwhelming body of evidence that links these chronic emotional discomforts to such conditions as inflammation, abnormal cell growth, abnormal weight gain, chronic pain or high blood pressure. Habitual stress and chronic overwhelm is very bad for your health, even if you do not develop a severe mental illness.
How does your brain process your experiences of life?
Your brain has nerve bundles devoted to processing emotions and sensory experience and creation of chemicals that reinforce your emotional experience. These chemicals store that experience in your brain and your body for future reference. Those chemicals, neuropeptides, are like a distributed memory of your experiences of life devoted to helping you respond immediately and effectively to future harmful experiences.
Every cell is affected by the sending and receiving of neuropeptides. These molecules are messages from the brain that regulate body weight, mood, the immune system, pain and pleasure and many other cellular functions. In fact, the cells of your body contain far more brain tissue in the form of neuropeptides than could ever fit in the brain alone.
Neuropeptides work as automatic programming to instantly effect action based on past life experiences – particularly those that produced a lot of fear, anger, grief or sadness. We commonly call these experiences stress.
So, is stress bad?
Well there is no single answer to this question. Stress is actually essential to survival. Physical stress (exercise) tones our musculoskeletal system. Mental stress (school) tones our memory, intellect and perception. When you experience stress in a measured fashion, your body and mind sharpen all your systems and then naturally process and release the parts that you don’t need.
However, when you experience repeated, overwhelming, chronic stress, you begin to fail. You cannot process the flood of experiences and they accumulate – causing physical pain and emotional dysfunction. Too much mental stress can cause racing thoughts, confusion and exhaustion. Too much emotional stress can cause insomnia, chronic anxiety, PTSD, chronic depression, drug dependence, chronic pain and many other maladies.
BodyTalk as a remedy to stress
A BodyTalk practitioner uses several techniques to retrieve the memories related to chronic stress overload and release that overload of emotions and sensory input. Your BodyTalk session may employ Active Memory, Emotional Release, Matrix or General Environment techniques to identify, isolate and release this toxic buildup of stress.
Releasing Stress Overload:
The Active Memory technique finds events that overwhelm your body and resolve that experience. We also identify Belief systems that cause strong expectations about the experience of your life – these belief systems are sometime conscious – and sometimes unconscious – but always drive automatic changes in your organ systems, cells, behavior and perception. Our beliefs and life experiences bend our perceptions, thoughts and physiology to develop many chronic illnesses – including mental and emotional distress and disorder.
BodyTalk for mental and emotional distress usually involves a series of sessions (usually 3 – 6) devoted to identifying and releasing painful emotions and memories. Your body becomes desensitized to the experiences while restoring your overall health.
If you would like to try BodyTalk as a safe approach to emotional distress, give me a call at 406-529-2190. I’ll be happy to help you start your journey to better health.
Joel Lankford, CBP, PaRamaBP