Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... the three things we’re going to talk about today could each take up a podcast on their own. A form of”Information overload” is what I see post stroke that can demonstrate itself with any of the following signs:
After a stroke an individual may suffer with any of those symptoms and seem unable to focus. This often results in a physical reaction that are similar to those experienced in a panic attack, symptom such as:
The treatment of this is amazingly seen in eastern medicine whose practices and history of results are thousands of years old. Eastern medicine focuses on “Qi” 气 that we often refer to as “energy”. Traditional Chinese Medicine begins with the concept of Qi (pronounced "chee") and it is much more than energy. Qi is always transforming itself, endlessly from one aspect or variation of Qi into another. It is neither created nor is it ever destroyed; it simply changes in how it is manifested. In this I think Einstein would have agreed and been fascinated. Qi is thought to embrace all manifestations of energy, (from the most material aspects of energy (such as the earth, flesh and blood) to the most immaterial aspects (light, wind, heat, data impulses, thought, and emotion)
The character for “Qi” that is often shown is the one I have place online at stroke.global it is a traditional Chinese language character that differs from the simplified character 气 and the added strokes in the traditional character are for the Chinese word “mi” for rice because food (rice) was one way they got “Qi”. Just thought I’d give you a little history/language lesson. When we are working to reestablish health in the body after a stroke and are dealing with the combination of the emotional intertwined with the physical... then an understanding of “Qi” and its ability to be utilized and controlled can be and is extremely powerful. One of the more important aspects that we can influence is “Wind Qi” or breath. If you go back in biblical examples it says that God breathed and gave Adam life and it is often said when you die you have breathed your last breath. Here wind Qi is used to control many things within the body.
By practicing relaxation breathing techniques you can lower and stabilize your pulse, your blood pressure, ...even your body temperature. You can impact and stabilize mental status, muscle action, physical responses... the implications are endless! Chinese medicine, TCM teaches that its practice is promoting and providing the best environment for the body to heal itself. Western medicine teaches the utilization of psychology and counseling and the use of medications to generate responses to “control” emotions and outcomes. Although I do not utilize numerous medications I am a firm believer that they have their uses if used in an appropriate manner. We demonstrate the relaxation breathing techniques at stroke.global under the spirit area or if you view the transcript for this you’ll see the link, or listed under the episode notes.
Now the most challenging thing to deal with.... is that of depression. I must confess I do have specific thoughts and feelings about this entire area of stroke and after dealing with stroke survivors for some 20 years I find that often times physicians over prescribe medications first for “depression” that is the result of an event and therefore environmental and not clinical. In other words there is a reason for someone to feel sad or upset. After all their entire life was just turned upside down. I have found that most stroke survivors are “pissed off” and angry... rather than depressed. I also found that most stroke survivors, if the “attitude” was helped with talk and actions to promote gratitude and not drugs they recovered more fully and faster. There are, however, those that after time do exhibit clinical depression and need medication.
For those who want to establish their own Attitude of Gratitude Journal you can do so with instructions online at stroke.global or it will also be apart of the DO app coming this fall.
Well...Thanks so much for joining me as we learned about “information overload”, panic attacks, and depression... and what we can do to successfully combat it.... Remember to visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us tomorrow! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing today.... thank you! I hope you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes and Google Play and have links to both on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us in being able to continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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