From my perspective (from over 40 years of experience) many mental disorders are our innate wisdom’s way of getting our attention and telling us we are off the mark, off course from who we really are. Or, something has happened that we have not organically reprocessed and we need help re-engaging our innate capacity to heal. Symptoms start small and continue to magnify when we ignore them. Just missing the basic resource of being Self aware will contribute to an increase of symptoms. Our society’s structure of ignoring or medicating symptoms add to problems and cause further symptoms. We medicate headaches, stomach aches and fatigue instead of listening to ourselves and making life sustaining and enhancing changes. Parents have become so disconnected. “I am too busy”, schedules are more important than what is authentically happening for a child in a given moment. How do children maintain and live from their innate wisdom if their innate wisdom is never acknowledged, nurtured or mentored?
Much of what causes physical and emotional symptoms comes from thinking, feeling, believing and acting in a way that is other than from who we are Authentically. How do we lose connection from our Authenticity? There are many sources. Parents may be sick, under stress or other than aware of important developmental activities that are crucial to our foundation. Parents may not be living Authentically themselves so children have no role model of living Authentically. We are programmed by our families, culture, society, schools, media, etc. We create beliefs and perspectives to get us through challenges in our lives. At some point beliefs and perspective, that are other than who we really are, no longer work and cause symptoms. I often tell clients, symptoms are a way our Authenticity is attempting to get us back on course to who we really are and what is right for us.
I know this is different from what the profession tells us causes psychological and emotional issues, chemical inbalances in the brain, but what they teach and what I have observed do not match. If you expose a person over and over to the same stressors, brain chemistry will change from repeated stress. With the emergence of epigentics we are finally getting some scientific validation for what many of us have observed for many years.
Symptoms are a good measuring stick for when the root causes are resolving. I don’t chase symptoms, treat them or manage them. I use them to assess when we have gotten to resolution.
This is what I learned a very long time ago about symptoms. I worked in a locked psychiatric facility and we had a client who had Trichotillomania. The staff created a treatment plan to extinguish the behavior by timing the client out every time they pulled their hair out. I had a really bad feeling, and said, “If you take away that symptom another one will just pop up to take its place.” They went ahead with their plan. Yes, the client stopped pulling their hair out but became violent and began hitting other clients and staff instead.
After seeing this reaction over and over I stopped addressing symptoms and started looking for the root causes of issues and for ways to clear the root.