Friday, July 9, 2021

Helping our patients update their mind’s “operating system” for better mental health

Have you ever experienced a computer problem where your operating system is not compatible with the current software you are using? 

So the problem is not so much the operating system or the software, it’s the mismatch between the two that is the problem.

If we can translate this to the human mind, one can see some similarities.

In primary care, a lot of mental health disorders we see, are possibly due to a failure of updating the mind’s “operating system” to adapt to the current context. This can then lead to an adjustment issue with anxious or depressed mood. It’s not easy of course.

If this is true, then how can we update our mind’s “operating system”?

Unfortunately, there’s no delete, uninstall, reinstall, or update button, but we can certainly try through medications, counseling, and better emotional literacy.

We will need to process and reconcile our past experiences and narratives, and update our perspectives, values, beliefs, and internal rules to create more adaptable experiences for the current context.

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