I BELIEVE THAT…
The Body And The Mind Are Married To Each Other
Happiness Can Be Learned & Unhappiness Unlearned
Severe Brain Chemistry Issues May Need Medication
Motivation Should Last Longer Than A Hot Air Balloon
AN UN-EDITED CLIENT STORY... “I brought my son to India from the USA because the doctors there could not make him better even though my son did everything that was asked of him to do by his many doctors there for the last 10 years. My wife and I were looking for God's help and through the internet we found Dr. Atul. We consulted him a few times through the phone while we were still in the USA. My son was so sick that I took off for India out of desperation without knowing who I will find in the person of Dr. Atul. Well if you believe God sends his angels to help people then Dr. Atul was our angel. He stabilized my son and my son has been recovering since then. I can say that Dr. Atul saved my son's life and I would add that he saved my life also.” - Name kept anonymous. [This gentleman wanted me to disclose his real name here and I had to tell him that confidentiality is sacred dharma in all consultations]
Hi there. I’m Dr Atul Aswani. I write online to spread awareness on issues of psychological health, happiness & success. A very good starting point for all of us is to know that the body and the mind are deeply intertwined.
You can prove that to yourself by noticing how easily your mood goes foul when you miss your breakfast. The dip in blood glucose not only makes us irritable but also sets us up for the next binge of comfort food.
On the other hand; we see how strong bouts of anger and irritation precede severe throbbing headaches. Latest research tells us that emotional pain and physical pain use the same brain networks.
You see you can’t divorce the body from the mind. Can you?
As a resident of Mumbai; I am exposed to a lot of urban stress like many of my readers. Yes. I can make a positive difference in the civic life of my city by not honking for starters! But there are many things which I can not change.
Think of the peak hour traffice jam or the heat & the humidity of our metro city. Either we get irritated or we use the principles of Cognitive Psychology & Mindfulness to reduce the psychological discomfort of unpleasant situations.
The same learning extends to managing work related stress at office and relationship related stress at home. Either we will manage stress or we will mis-manage it. And the effects of either choice will compound over time.
If happiness is just a feeling; then it is a butterfly to be chased continually. However; if it is a choice then we can practice making that choice daily.
Wouldn’t it be nice if happiness could be learned and unhappiness unlearned…
While it is very good to learn new thinking habits; let us not forget the very important role that the brain plays in psychological disturbances. If the mind is the software; the physical brain is the hardware.
While philosophy debates the brain-mind connection; I would like you to know that people who are irrationally suspicious have disturbed levels of the brain chemical dopamine and it makes lot of sense to use medication to correct that.
Feeling low and anxious are associated with serotonin disturbances. Acetylcholine has an essential role in the formation of memory. Not to forget the far reaching effect of hormones all over the brain and the body.
Hence I say that severe brain chemistry issues need just the right kind and right dosage of medication. To neglect medication where it is indicated is not fair to the one who suffers and their family.
Now I am addressing entrepreneurs, marketing and sales guys, the service industry folks and every body else who comes across a lot of negative events in the course of their work.
People who do not get your business plan.. Prospects who would not buy easily. Those who would slam the phone down or be downright rude.. These are all percieved as negative events and can slow us down.
Every now and then you are exposed to motivational talks and events to keep you excited to do many things. However; some days down the line; you feel like going back to your usual procrastinating selves.
The motivation that you had; seems to have leaked out like a bucket which has holes. What is the solution? Keep filling more water. Or plug the holes? Cleary; it has to be plugging the holes.
Cognitive re-training ensures that motivation lasts longer than a hot air balloon
Here is a brief timeline of my work experience and qualifications.
Conducted Corporate Training Programs on various psychology issues
Certified as Results Coach 2011
In clinical practice as Consultant Psychiatrist 2004
Completed DPM from College Of Physicians & Surgeons 2004
Qualified as MBBS from Mumbai University 2001