"the Silent Epidemic" An Australian Documentary Worth Watching!

I recently watched this documentary, and I find it extremely helpful, so I thought I would link it here :)

Part 1 of 4

I won’t say I agree with all speculations about self injury, but none the less it provides some insight on what exactly is happening in the brain when we want to self i...njure, as well as giving insight into the different reasons people do self harm. I learned something new about dissociation, a term I had heard before but did not realize that people who experience it use self harming as a way to cope. It is somewhat triggering, only a couple scenes in part 2 or 3 where they show I think only 2 of the girls scars. If that is not to much, I think watching this can only be helpful!




Part 2 of 4

Part 2 talks more about dissociation and our reaction to pain. Self injuring does increase pain tolerance, naturally, hence why over time it takes worse pain to get the same feeling. Those who dissociate and cut as a way to simply FEEL some...thing also have a higher pain tolerance, because dissociation is basically a defense mechanism of the brain which shuts down feeling at all so as to not experience any pain. This is a learned function of our brain and for anyone without hope, you should know it is most definitely something we can teach the brain to unlearn and replace with a healthier response! The wonderful thing about the brain is that it is ours to mold



Part 3 of 4

This part suggests how self injury can be viewed as an addiction, specifically how injuring yourself physically causes the body to release its own natural pain killer and how it is possible that people are becoming addicted to the natural ...pain killers. It also suggests that the endorphins/natural pain killers also work to soothe our limbic system, the centre of emotion. I personally like how they point out that society tends to view the brain and the body as separate, but that the brain does “not really differentiate physical from emotional pain”



Part 4 of 4

This part touches on the stigma that exists in the health care system towards self injurers, as well as showing the results that meditation has had for Alison on her brain. As they say in the video, she used her brain to change her brain T...hey also suggest that our environment, and the times, are largely responsible for so many mental health problems today. Simply that “we design environments pleasing to us in the short term, but might be harmful to us in the longer term”. They do suggest that evolution wise, our brains cannot keep up with our technological advancements. I do somewhat agree with this, but I largely feel the biggest problem with the world is in our fundamental beliefs and expectations of each other and ourselves, the cognitive dissonance it causes and the simple fact that the world is not focused on positive, healthy mental growth and equal opportunity for everyone.

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May 24, 2012