Heard of Stressed Brain Syndrome [SBS] ? Don't feel bad if you haven't. I just made the term up. But most of you fellow travelers at the dawn of 2010 know what I mean.
Is stress worse now than ever ? Hard to be sure but I contend that it many ways it is. Bad news has always been there and we have evolved to respond to it with our physiologic and neurochemical defense mechanisms. After the failure to respond to stress can be fatal.
Our problem today is that we are under enormous chronic, continuous stress. The field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed powerful connections between the brain, the autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine transmitters, the hypocampus [limbic system], hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis etc.
Our immune systems crash, our ability to remember and be creative suffer. We suffer.
Why is it worse today? Sensory overload from techonological and communication devices. We all know what that means: 24hr news cycles, email, twitter, crackberry addictions, social networking insanity.
Is this SBS merely the beginning of cognitive/emotional stress–the 21st century"s gift to a human brain which cannot possibly evolve quickly enough to deal with it?
Any wonder that we stand on the precipice of physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual collapse ?
Is there hope ? Perhaps neurofeedback will offer us some. I have written about it before and will continue to do so. It may very well be the technology we need to tolerate the rest of the technology that seems to be the source of our suffering.
It may be the noninvasive technological "implant" that allows us to calm, learn, expand our brain's capacities without resorting to drugs.
More to come.