I was actually very hesitant to use the term “mental health” in the title of this article, or indeed to refer to it this at all. My research into human biology and the human experience, as well as the results of my own self-experiments, have proven to me that the separation of health into “mental” and “physical” is a complete red herring, as is the separation of “mind” and “body” more generally. Indeed, I have found that most beneficial therapies for quietening my mind have been physical ones. I would refer to the main self-directed therapies which worked best in the regard as of the "Somatic Experiencing" type, especially dance therapy, "smovey ring" exercises, body-movement mindfulness, and using a rebounder and a whole body vibrating plate machine - I feel these all helped.Read More
I have since been considering what Iain McGilchrist’s “Divided Brain” work has to teach us, in the context of trauma and chronic illness, and seeking to employ both hemispheres of my brain in thinking about this. I began to see how Iain’s work provides us with a vital missing part of the puzzle. Indeed, his concept of the "Divided Brain", I now feel, connects so very many of the pieces, and I will endeavour to contexualize and map out my thinking on this here.
There is a beast inside me. The beast is not my Parkinson's illness. The beast is myself. Parkinson's is just the empty cage. Let me explain, because although this is difficult reading, I believe it is important to share this epiphany.Read More