If we have diabetes, we go to a specialist to learn how to ‘manage’ it – so it doesn’t manage us.
Just like physical illnesses, with the right kind of help, we can learn how to ‘manage our brains’ … for you-name-it brain chemistry problem. Mental health is brain chemistry, which can be managed with our minds, using cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). There is plenty of evidence that CBT actually changes our brain chemistry:
Toward smarter selection of therapy for psychiatric disorders
Does cognitive behavioral therapy change the brain? A systematic review of neuroimaging in anxiety disorders.
How psychotherapy changes the brain – the contribution of functional neuroimaging
(Below are scans of brains with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, ADHD, as well as problems with Smoking, Alcohol, Obesity, & Cocaine.) …
In children with OCD, the brain’s arousal center, the anterior cingulate cortex, is ‘hijacked.’ This causes critical brain networks to stop working properly. Image adapted from Diwadkar VA, Burgess A, Hong E, Rix C, Arnold PD, Hanna GL, Rosenberg DR. Dysfunctional activation and brain network profiles in youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A focus on the dorsal anterior cingulate during working memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2015; 9: 1-11., CC BY-SA
David Rosenberg Seeing the brain can make stigma disappear
More about recent treatments for OCD