We are concerned about the effects of drugs and medications, particularly psychotropic or psychological drugs. What we don’t realize is that social interaction, the way we think, what we talk about and the social context around us affects us, particularly the brain, as much if not more than drugs, in the long-term.
Your thoughts affect the development of neuropathways in the brain. Negative and anxious conversations about “bad” things and people affect the amygdala of the brain which is a center of fear, negativity and anxiety. The more you focus on the negative, the more extensive and tightly bound are the neuropathways that are connected to the negative memories that are held by the left hemisphere.
Your conversation is as potent in creating “side-effects” as drugs and medication. Negative beliefs and pessimism create long-term patterns of negativity and stress.
The words we use, the conversations we have, and the images and programs we take in have the power to create a DownSpiral of negativity that releases cortisol, a major stress hormone, adrenaline, thyroxin (long-term adrenalin) and ACTH, the body’s basic stress response.
Don’t like to take medication? Don’t want to use drugs? Then do every thing you can do to learn to stay in an UpSpiral.