Everything about the current politics of child and pediatric bipolar disorder.
- The bipolar child.
- Bipolar child psych docs at war.
- Bipolar child researcher says BP doesn’t exist in children.
- The doping of America’s foster kids.
- Eli Lilly Co behind the bipolar child research in order to find new drug markets for moodstabilizers and neuroleptics—lots of $$$ involved for research doctors who can prove it exists.
- Bipolar child mafia
For what it’s worth–I was a ‘bipolar child’ myself. I got the diagnosis over ten years before Janice and Demitri Papolos authored: ‘The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder’. At the time–the late 1980s–it was ultra-rare for a child or teen to have or be diagnosed with–bipolar or manic depression. In The Eighties, bipolar disorder was seen as an adult illness. In all likelihood, I was a ‘bipolar child’ before there were bipolar children in the media and Harvard research papers.
The neuroscience Big Pharma is funding seems to implicate that an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex is what causes a ‘bipolar child’ (or adult for that matter). I would point out—that all children have an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex. There is no way around it due to maturity and development. And what is maturity and development? It’s the growth of new neurons and connections in the brain—permanent ones—that influence our moods and judgments. So—all children— technically have an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex in their brain. At least for a little while.
I have yet to see any studies that prove that a bipolar child’s prefrontal cortex is significantly less developed than any other child’s. Even if it was so–it does not mean it’s a lifer condition–it could just be a little delayed compared to other children in the same age group. Because–slow or fast–the prefrontal cortex develops continually over the course of your entire life with every impulse you deny and every emotion you restrain.
What this means is that the process of normal maturity will cause the prefrontal cortex to develop on it’s own. That is—the very act of trying to control your own moods and thoughts—is what creates a developed prefrontal lobe. Interestingly—science has recently proven using brain scans and imagery–that practitioners of meditation take prefrontal cortex development to a whole new level. So, a meditator can cause their prefrontal cortex to become highly developed—more so even—than people who do not practice meditation.
It took me merely five years to get my manic impulses, irrational screaming rages, depressions and suicide attempts straightened out by dedicating myself to the daily practice of prefrontal lobe-strengthening exercises–meditation. If you blame your moods and thoughts on your brain, genes, or neurotransmitters—and all you ever do to cope is medicate with psych meds—at what point do you start taking control of your own internal world—and all its contents—and begin to grow a prefrontal cortex capable of handling normal life?
The PC bipolar crowd resists any attempt to ‘blame’ yourself for your own emotional and thought problems. Some bipolar disorder patients will condemn you for essentially saying,
“You really can do something about your mental health by exerting mental will.”
“It’s the bipolar disease influencing us—we don’t have insight into our behavior! How dare you imply we can use magical thinking to control a genetic disorder?”
–is usually the standard-issue rebuttal.
Well…have you ever tried Vipassana—insight meditation—to get some insight? How often do you practice–getting insight? When was the last time you tried zen or mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy? With the studies I have shown you below, it should be clear that meditation is very much an act of will and insight that has been proven—to alter, strengthen and improve—the very section of your brain that Big Pharma neuroscientists are blaming for your problems.
Why are you blaming your genes and chemical imbalances? Why waste time complaining about your lack of insight or control over your symptoms—when you could be actively working on remedying that? Perhaps you didn’t know you could. That’s fair. But here in this post is the information you require to see yourself as potentially having control over your mind and emotions. Through what amounts to a lot of hard work—that could very well save you–as it did me–from a lifetime of disability and awful polypharmacy treatments and their side effects.
- Meditation is a way of tapping into a process of manipulating brain activity
- Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better — and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found.
- Brain research is beginning to produce concrete evidence for something that Buddhist practitioners of meditation have maintained for centuries: Mental discipline and meditative practice can change the workings of the brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness.
- “Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School
- New imaging technology makes it possible for scientists to document the brain activity of Buddhist monks. Dalai Lama visits MIT
- In recent years, a group of neuroscientists are exploring the hypothesis that meditation can actually change the way the brain works.
- Scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison used new scanning techniques to examine brain activity in a group of Buddhists.Their tests revealed activity in the left prefrontal lobes of experienced Buddhist practitioners.This area is linked to positive emotions, self-control and temperament.Their tests showed this area of the Buddhists’ brains are constantly lit up and not just when they are meditating.
- Medical effects of meditation.
If I got the chance, I would happily testify at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association or the Senate regarding my concerns about the current ‘pediatric bipolar’ diagnosing trend in America, and the crime against children that I think it represents. I would love to share my insights into long-term bipolar disorder outcomes, alternative treatments for it, and the science of meditation and brain development behind my own self-cure from a former ‘bipolar child’ perspective. If you can arrange that, shoot me an email.