Brain Facts & Health

  • Your brain is the most complicated organ in your body. It has over 100 billion cells (neurons). Each neuron can connect with up to 40,000 other neurons. Our brain cells possess more connections than there are known stars in the universe.
  • Your brain control how you think. This might not come as that much of a surprise to you, as we commonly associate our brains with thinking. But, think about this-if your brain is not working right your thinking won't be right either.
  • Your brain controls how you feel. Emotions come from the brain-not the heart. Counselors know this as they focus on changing the way your brain works, which in tum will help change the way you're feeling. When your brain's not working right you won't feel your best.
  • Your brain controls how you act. How you think and feel largely dete1mines how you act and interact with other people. How you get along with others has huge implications on your success and happiness in life. When your brain is not working right you'll have more trouble in these areas.
  • Your brain can change. The brain has some amount of plasticity-the ability to adapt and be influenced by how you live and treat it. The better you treat your brain the better it will work for you. The more you make bad decisions the worse you'll function.
  • Understanding how your brain works is important. Go to any book store and it is filled with self-help books aimed at enabling you to better yourself. Many of them focus on you knowing and understanding yourself better. How important is it then to understand your most important organ? It's also important for the professional who you're trusting to treat you to also understand your brain.
  • Emotional, behavioral, and learning problems are often associated with certain areas of the brain. Also most psychiatric problems are not simple disorder relieved by one-size-fits all treatments. We find that depression, anxiety, and ADD have different subtypes. Taking a Prozac does not work for everyone with depression-if it did we could put it in the public water system and say good riddance to depression.
  • Brain injuries can have a huge impact on brain functioning. Even mild brain injuries can substantially change how you think, feel, and act. These often go undetected because mental health professional don't routinely look at brain functioning. You do not have to lose consciousness to have a serious brain injury.