Psychiatry today is largely based on findings over the past 60 years and the primary treatment method used for virtually all types of mental illness is symptom-suppressing medication. The four major drugs used in psychiatry were all developed between 1950-1960.
In 1953, Watson and Crick proposed the new double-helix model of DNA, in 1966 genetic coding of DNA was observed, and then computer technology greatly improved brain imaging over the following decades. These events are the primary "breakthroughs" in conventional medical treatment of the different types of mental illnesses.
However, the hopes that genetic decoding, dismantling the brain, and using creative combinations of drugs would reveal the mysteries of the mind have been totally unrealized. There is a fundamental piece of understanding needed to tie it all together, and until that missing link is discovered, treatments for the different types of mental illnesses today aren't much better than they were two generations ago.
Conventional medicine (of which psychiatry is a subcategory) has not discovered that crucial piece of the puzzle.
However, German New Medicine® and its healers have discovered the missing link, and that is the reason for the astonishing success of German New Medicine® healers in treating the different types of mental illnesses.
The reason why conventional medicine can't find the missing link goes back to the beginning of the modern medical industry in the 1700's and 1800's when the fathers of modern science - Newton, Galileo, and Descartes - based their foundational theories on the idea that the world and all of the natural systems of the world are basically just very complicated machinery. Under this view, if something isn't working right, if the machinery isn't doing the job you want it to, there must be an answer somewhere in the machinery.
And this is exactly what conventional medicine - including psychiatry - has been searching for for many decades. When conventional medicine had run down all the roads that the machinery viewpoint could take it: mapping the chemicals and the neurons and the genes and the regions of the brain to see how they light up differently ...conventional medicine was done. It had reached a dead end.
The different types of mental illness, like all illness, are not caused by improperly functioning or inferior machinery. As with all other forms of disease, mental illness is an evolved, biologically-appropriate response to a person's life experience.
Because diseases are the brain-mediated response to real life experiences, all diseases are really different types of "mental illnesses." We'll focus unconsciously on our problem night and day until it is resolved. The physical and mental symptoms appear differently only according to the type of life experience that has occurred, whether it has been ongoing or has been solved, and other related factors.
However, in the case of mental illness, the primary physical outcome is not growth of extra tissue somewhere in the body, or a change in the way some body system functions. Instead, mental illnesses involve one or more physical symptoms of extreme hypsersensitivity, psychosis, compulsive behaviour, memory problems, disorientation, or apathy.
1. Extreme hypersensitivity, in one or more of the five senses, leading to an extremely elevated level of sensory awareness, leading to extremely altered perception of reality. This normally results from having the sensory part of both sides of the brain involved at once.
These types of mental illness symptoms include:
2. Psychosis, including dissociation, which means a sense of unreality or a feeling of being part of a radically different reality from normal - or of simply disconnecting from the physical world altogether. This results from being directed by the two hemispheres of the cerebral cortex to deal with life situations that call for opposite reactions.
If this occurs during the first seven years of life (including before birth), it will result in developmental arrest for the entire duration that the pair of conflicts continues. Developmental arrest or even regression will recur each time that pair of conflicts recurs.
Types of mental illness that involve psychosis include:
3. Compulsive or uncontrolled behaviour, including addictions, resulting from strong conflicting feelings when the brain responds to two (or more) conflicts by requiring us to undertake conflicting actions.
4. Memory problems and blanking out, which result specifically from separation conflicts. This isn't in itself usually described as one of the types of mental illness, but it plays an important role in several diagnoses of other types of mental illness or mental problems, including multiple personality disorder and Alzheimer's disease.
5. Disorientation, which results specifically from conflict experiences handled by both the left and the right side of pons of the brainstem.
6. Sociopathy or apathy - a feeling of complete absence of emotion. This results specifically from a pair of conflicts handled by certain positions on either side of the cerebellum.
Basically, most of the many types of mental illness result from the brain requiring us to respond to two (or more) experiences with opposite or conflicting responses.
Although any animal can (and does) experience mental illness, the phenomenon is far more prevalent in our own species. The reason has to do with the fact that most diagnosed types of mental illnesses result from brain constellations in the cerebral cortex: the wrinkly outer bark of the brain. This part of the brain is what we use to sense and react to our environment.
In humans, the cerebral cortex is extremely large compared to that of most animals. This is because humans are social beings and the most important part of our immediate environment is other people. So our cerebral cortices are often called upon to deal with conflicts that have to do with our territory and threats that occur in our territory.
In other words, many types of mental illness are the result of relationship problems.
We also experience many types of mental illness because civilized life does not provide many opportunities for appropriate resolution of our cortical conflicts. Many of our conflicts can't legally be handled the way we subconsciously want to handle them - by fighting, for example.
The reason that cerebral cortex conflicts can produce psychosis is that the two hemispheres of the brain respond differently from one another:
The right side of the cerebral cortex responds to events that are under its "jurisdiction" by becoming contemplative, going within, becoming introverted, and only thinking about the present moment. This is called depression.
Depressive types of mental illness include things like:
The left half of the cortex of the brain responds to events that are part of its responsibility by taking action, focusing outward, and by rapidly comparing past and future, making quick judgments, and "leaping before you look." This is called mania.
Manic types of mental illness include things like:
Nature has evolved many kinds of very complex responses to various kinds of situations, because these responses give us a better chance of survival. What conventional medicine diagnoses as various types of mental illness, the German New Medicine® healer sees as a pattern of life experiences to which the human being is responding.
This compassionate viewpoint is the missing piece of the puzzle to finding the cause (and cure) for all types of mental illness.
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