the Starting Point

Welcome to Accepting the Mind – the information on this site will give one an insightful look into personal experiences, research and advances in neuroscience, attachment theory, behavioural and emotional regulation, acceptance and mindfulness and of course newly defined ways of looking at what the mind really entails.

Through the lens and healing of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and DSM Mental Illness Diagnoses, one will receive an academic understanding of DBT through a personal experience. Through negative/unhealthy coping mechanisms and an avoidance of emotions a girl spent her adolescence (teens to young adulthood) in the midst of a dysthymic depression, anxious and compulsive coping with eating disorders and self harming. The desire and will to change came finally and she spent a year doing outpatient, weekly DBT group sessions and biweekly individual sessions with a psychiatric nurse. Note: individual sessions are based on the severity of the mental illness and coping – she had already stopped regularly self harming and purging.

Thought patterns, behaviours used to cope and the avoidance of emotions all have to come from somewhere: childhood experiences, one’s resilience and vulnerability, the healthy relationships and the ability to cope. Mental illness, the experts are finding now, to be based in our brain and dependent on traumatic experiences and connections to healthy relationships. Obviously not all mental illness stems from these experiences, especially those with huge genetic factors like bipolar. Experts have come from all areas of the neuroscience, human development and psychiatry to boast about the new discoveries and understandings of neural structure and how experiences impact. The debate of nature versus nurture is not longer that, but instead, a mutual cause and effect relationship of how nature and nurture shape one’s physical brain structure, the mind, thoughts and emotions.

Common themes throughout Accepting the Mind will consist of: mental illness, mental health, mental wellness, DBT, acceptance, mindfulness, attachments, relationships, behaviours, emotions and feelings, self care, the mind, the brain, neuroscience and human experiences.

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