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Rewire your thinking

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. July 27, 2011

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    www.nami.org
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

A generation ago doctors were taught that humans had a certain number of brain cells, and these could not be replaced. We now know that was wrong.

The human brain can be "rewired." Brain scans demonstrate, for example, that intense meditation can actually change the functioning of the brain.

What this tells me is that healing is possible. You don't have to be trapped in a continuous loop of regret or resentment. With professional guidance and support, you can learn to see the past in a different way so that it has less impact on you.

If you're mired down by past events, seek out a professional to help you reframe and refocus your energies. It's not a sign of weakness. It's simply common sense — like going to the doctor when you have a broken bone.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jul. 27, 2011