Neuropsychology research is something that everyone can understand, with the right tools.
Understanding how your emotional brain works is pretty important, too! It helps you make more informed decisions about your mental health care and treatment options.
Let's start with the basics.
These are the two areas of your brain that you'll be learning more about (the Prefrontal Cortex and the Limbic System.) Understanding these areas is essential to understanding emotional distress and mental health treatment.
It's the first stopping point for all data you receive. It's a primitive part of the brain, and doesn't process or communicate information as thoughts, but as basic sensory data.
Everyday Limbic Moments
We all experience Limbic moments. Often times these happen because the Limbic System processes information more quickly than other areas of our brain. Sometimes, though, we just can't explain our experience rationally. It isn't all bad, either!
Sometimes, your Limbic System substantially alters your quality of life. Just like your immune system reacts to a virus, in order to protect you, your Limbic System reacts to life trauma. This is not abnormal. However, it can feel abnormal and isolating when you can't explain what's wrong.
The Limbic System and Talk Therapy
Traditional Psychotherapy attempts to work with the Prefrontal Cortex on issues of the Limbic System. Because it's difficult to rationalize the raw sensory and emotive data, many people spend years (or decades) in therapy working to conceptualize limbic issues.
You go to therapy because of emotional difficulties, due to mental illness or trauma. These issues originate in the center portion of the brain.
This is a primitive part of your brain, that does not store or process information using words or thoughts.
Why You Go To Therapy