Polykinetics: exercise based psychotherapy

tell everyone I know who is suffering with symptoms contributed to a mental illness or disorder that if they are not incorporating a cardio-based exercise regimen into their treatment plan, they are subconsciously sabotaging their own recovery. Sad but true!  –And this has NOTHING to do with the ideal body shape and size.  This type of fitness method is designed to benefit the brain directly and optimize how it performs everything from the smallest details and tasks to the most complex thoughts or problems, your memory, your response time…vital shit!  Mental clarity is key and the best way of achieving both, short-term and a long-term basis is to EXERCISE (once a week for 30 mins won’t cut it sweetie!)

The more severe your symptoms,the more time you should becommitting to physical fitness. 

Throughout my research, I have been disappointed to see how much importance and focus is continuously placed on VANITY within the mainstream health/fitness communities, and yet, they completely overlook the amazing benefits exercise provides neurologically and psychologically. Seriously, the benefits are endless!  This is a perception I want Polykinetics to change.

–To remove the body-image obsessions that are responsible for many psychological disorders that we struggle with as a society today because it teaches you how to feel instead of relying on what you see and it teaches how to use pain we all experience into adaptive coping behaviors versus being maladaptive. 

It will also eliminate the social bias, and reform the idea of using physical fitness to ease the suffering of mental illness and maybe then, we might actually start saving and changing lives, as well as, change how society looks at treatments for mental illnesses and disorders. One major goal within Polykinetics is to normalize those who struggle with these afflictions by removing the stigma completely. 

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Mental health first aid: Talk VS Action!

For over a year now, as I have been pushing forth with my research on Polykinetics and whatnot, and I have been seeing a term continuously pop up over the internet and it immediately caught my attention and enthusiasm….

“MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID”

…Now, I’m thinking, “wow, someone beat me to the punch” because that is exactly what I call Polykinetics, a “mental health first aid solution” because it is a physical technique that one who is suffering from symptoms can utilize at anytime, any place, that offers real-time relief when they have no other alternatives, and the best part is that there is a butt-load of research and evidence to back it up.  I often compare Polykinetics to an inhaler…saying what an inhaler is to an asthmatic, Polykinetics is to someone suffering from a panic attack or intrusive thoughts or compulsions to hurt themselves…etc.  This MHFA program compares itself to CPR…cute coincidence right? –And then, I took a closer look at the program details and saw that it was less a physical method and more educational/informational learning about identifying symptoms of mental illnesses and how to give advice/talk to friends/loved ones….a new mainstream form of talk therapy…a very educational one, great for mental health awareness, but….talk therapy none the less; which to MILLIONS of silent sufferers of trauma and mental illness is not even remotely effective in helping them when they need help most. 

Let me explain….

Many people, myself included, are not fond or, and often at times, completely avoid, verbally speaking out over and over about the gory and disgusting details of every traumatic event that has happened in my life.  I’m stubborn and full of pride, and I don’t want people having that kind of information about me, nor do I want to instigate any type of pity because that does no one any good. And this is why I believe Polykinetics to be so important to the world of mental health.  It is a vital technique that can physically save a life when “talk therapy” falls short….for example: Polykinetics is for the teen who’s locked in their room, who is dealing with persistent suicidal thoughts and fighting against physical compulsions of self-harm in the middle of the night while everyone else is asleep. Or for the combat soldier who wakes up every night with horrendous night terrors due to PTSD.  Both individuals are in critical need of help, but both individuals are physically alone with no one but themselves; and to me, that is when sufferers are most vulnerable to succumbing to their illnesses. During THOSE moments.  I have been in those moments many times in my life in the past, and they are truly terrifying.

People in THOSE situations need more than just talking and information about their illness….they need an actual real-time process to utilize in order to overcome the intensity of their symptoms. To help stop the intrusive thoughts or physical compulsions.  That is why Polykinetics is so vital and very different from the talk-therapy form of “mental health first aid”. –Now that is not to say that the talk-therapy form of “mental health first aid” is, in anyway, useless, because education is NEVER useless….Polykinetics just takes it a step further.  It is designed to be so simple to learn that the teen locked in their room and the combat soldier experiencing insomnia can utilize the Polykinetics method whenever they feel they may need it the most.  They don’t need anyone else but themselves to benefit from this method. –No friend, no family member, no certified instructor, no doctors…just themselves and a determination to fight against their struggles.

–They are the ones I think about most when pursuing to get the word out about Polykinetics.  They are the reason why I will never stop what I having been doing for the last several years…because their lives could very much depend on it. I say, enough talk…it’s time to put the peddle to the metal, roll up our sleeves and dive straight into the belly of the beast because that is the only way we, as a mental health community, will win this war against mental illness.  With massive action.

THE SCIENCE OF BULLYING. By Vanessa Van Edwards

via ScienceOfPeoplecom


Bullying seems to be on everyone’s mind (and blog) right now and as I read many poignant articles on the emotional and developmental impacts of bullying on young people, I wonder, what happens to the brain when teens are bullied?

Science of Bullying

First, some brain basics:

The ‘Anterior Cingulate Gyrus’ is the part of the brain that helps with two important bully-related functions. First, it moderates our fear response. For example, if a child gets threatened or pushed on the playground, this part of the brain goes into hyper drive—either calming them down or signaling their fight or flight adrenaline responders. Second, it plays a key role in our capacity for empathy. This is crucial in bullying situations to try to either understand where your bully is coming from or to learn social boundaries and guidelines. We know the areas of the brain that initiate empathy are different in teens today. According to a University of Michigan study of about 13,000 college students by Sarah Konrath at the Institute for Social Research, young people today, compared to students in the1970’s are 40% lower in empathy!

The Amygdala also responds to environmental emotional stimuli and helps us deal with stress.

Effects of Bullying on the Brain:

1) When these areas of the brain are over-active because of continued bullying or fear of being threatened in social situations they do not develop or function properly. When there is an overactive stress response system in the amygdala, due to continued bullying, teens can become more impulsive, aggressive and permanently anxious.

2) Researcher Martin Teicher also found that children who had suffered psychological abuse had smaller corpus callosums. They were on average 40% smaller. This leads to manic shifts in moods, trouble with social intelligence and makes it more difficult for teens to process what is happening around them and respond correctly.

3) There has also been studies that have shown that there is a decrease in blood flow to the cerebellar vermis in the brain stem which can cause impairment. Less blood flow in this area means depression, irritability and impaired attention in the teen.

4) Permanent stress, which is what many victims describe when they have a bully at school, also causes increased release of ‘norepinephrine.’ Under stress, this can lead to permanent anxiety or the inability to think clearly.

What does this mean for us? First, it gives us even more motivation to implement and build antibullying strategies (coming soon in upcoming posts). It also lets us know that there is a reason why bullying can alter a child’s moods or emotional states after an incident happens. As adults, we not only need to work to prevent bullying, but also take care to give teens the time and space to let their emotions, self-esteem and brain, properly recover.

Citations:

Science of Parenting, Margot Sunderland

Citation: http://www.scienceofpeople.com/2011/04/the-science-of-bullying/

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Last note…….

There is more than enough scientific evidence now to link childhood/adolescent abuse with long-term mental illness and disorders, many of which can be lifelong struggles. Please talk to your children about bullying, make the conversations frequent, and actively help the millions of people that are suffering everyday. 

-M. 

Racing thoughts…on paper!

What my brain metaphorically looks like when I have “racing thoughts”.  This happens at random, and it makes it very difficult to focus and sleep. The struggle is real.

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….and I hate to write.

A Tesla quote that resonates with me

All that was great in the past was
Ridiculed…
Condemned….
Combated….
Suppressed–

Only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly  from the struggle.

Nikola Tesla

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Coincidence or correlation?

Polykinetics at its core is composed of 3 major areas….

MOVES……

MUSIC……

MENTALITY…….

Each of these points are absolutely vital to the Polykinetics method.  Remove just one of them, and the entire method falls apart. There is something particular about how these 3 areas intertwine with each other that truly sets this method dramatically apart from all others. It wasn’t until just recently did I see the “coincidental correlation” between the 3 vital areas of Polykinetics and the famous quote made by Nikola Tesla.

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Now do I believe that Polykinetics is a key to a universal problem? I do find it coincidental enough that Polykinetics itself has several “universal qualities” within its design. –Meaning that it will challenge a beginner to the same degree as it will challenge someone who has been going to the gym regularly. That it will identify a strength, either physical or mental, in each person, as well as, an area of improvement. Where one person may have a strength of solid endurance, they may have a weakness in sequential coordination (motor skills), regardless of which strength and weakness appears, for each person, these traits have always appeared.

Another universal characteristic this method contains is simply music, like I have said before and well beyond common knowledge, that music itself is a universal medium that we all have in common. We may have different tastes in style and different levels of admiration, but the common denominator being….everyone is attracted to music, and Polykinetics seamlessly conforms without effort.

Interesting to say the least…….