Depression & Anxiety are not “Illnesses”.
They are painful pieces of the past intruding into the present.
They can be returned to where they belong.

Healing Depression, Anxiety and other Mind Problems

Mindproblem.com is a website devoted to promoting a new and simple perspective from which the Mind, the Brain, Mental Disorders and Psychological Wellbeing can be truly understood.  This perspective represents a completely new model of mind and its basic application can achieve full and complete recovery from disorders like Depression and Anxiety in a very short time.

Neuropsychological Processing/Experience Processing

Neuropsychological Processing is an unregarded mind/brain function that is essential to mental health and wellbeing. It is the means by which the brain/mind ‘processes’ all of our daily experiences across our lifetimes. This is how we learn from experience and grow as persons, to more easily adapt to the challenges of living. It underlies the psychological and emotional maturing process that is supposed to continue throughout our lives. It is through the effective processing of our life experience that we acquire wisdom and achieve stable and sustained psychological wellbeing. It is how we achieve happiness, contentment and peace of mind.

Problems of the Mind

Most mental health problems have their origins in emotionally painful or frightening experience that the brain was unable to process effectively (psychological trauma). This means that the brain couldn’t make sense of the experience, it couldn’t discharge the emotions that were generated by the experience, and it couldn’t integrate the experience into our own store of knowledge that we use in our day to day lives. This failure to process painful experience can occur at any time in our lives but it happens routinely in childhood, because our young brains are inexperienced and immature.  The emotions, ideas and unsophisticated understandings associated with difficult experience can become ‘locked in’, and continue to remain active throughout adult life. They intrude into the daily experience of ‘Me’, and distort how we interpret, respond to, and cope with life events.

Healing

Unprocessed experience can be processed at anytime by any brain that can talk and think clearly, thereby removing the foundation upon which mental health problems are constructed. This perspective informs my approach to the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and other non-psychotic mental health problems.

The Science?

Most people imagine that the mental health sciences of Psychology and Psychiatry are disciplines devoted to studying the mind, to better understand the ‘mental’ of mental health and mental problems. Unfortunately this is not the case. Psychology and Psychiatry try to base their practices on scientific research, but the mind is not something that can be examined with scientific methods. We cannot see directly into another mind so minds cannot be objectively observed, measured or verified. Because the mental health sciences can only study those things that can be objectively observed, measured and verified they have had to ignore the mind itself for generations. Mental problems begin in mind and they are experienced in mind, but direct information about the mind has no scientific validity and must therefore be disregarded.

This explains why, despite the astonishing advances in other areas of knowledge and technology, our understanding of the mind and mental health problems is much the same as it was nearly a century ago. This is why ‘mental illness’ continues to escalate relentlessly in modern societies. In Ireland today up to 450,000 people experience Depression, up from 300,000 in 2004. In a few years it will be 500,000, and it will be 600,000 a decade after that. Recent research suggests that over 35% of the U.S. and European citizens are experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem of some kind. The conventional psychiatric and psychological approaches have been unable to address this.

Neuropsychological Processing is an experiential and philosophical understanding grounded in direct observation of the mind, and it provides a clear and practical picture of how the mind and brain operate with respect to the actual experience of living. It provides a simple insight into how psychological disorders begin, how they are maintained, and how they can be eliminated.

I will be posting regular articles to explain this model, its practical applications, and how it allows a simple reinterpretation of many apparently complex aspects of human experience.