Making a connection to stimulate a few thoughts

I suspect there were many households across England with some in other parts of the UK who switched on the kettle or opened the fridge door last evening & perhaps uttered those ‘immortal’ words “Who wants a cuppa?”; “Fancy a beer?”.

And, both cultural habits would have required electricity & so did asking the question. i.e. all actions taken required electrical activity.

But given the image mentioning Electric Shock or ECT, I’ll focus on the significance of the electrical activity required for a person to first generate the thoughts that lead them to speak the words.

Most of that activity is happening within the brain, with some electrical impulses traveling into the brain from external stimuli e.g. hearing and watching the halftime whistle being blown by the referee.

In terms of mental health, whether a person is thinking either healthy thoughts, which some may refer to as ‘rational thoughts’, or unhealthy thoughts, often referred to as ‘irrational thoughts’ (although they could be perfectly rational for the person, depending on experiences that may have occurred to stimulate
those thoughts in the first place), that thinking process is associated with a particular pattern of brain activity. That is, in same way a pattern of brain activity gets associated with the making of a cup of tea, this pattern of activity will become ‘ingrained’ into the brain.

Now, we know that through the use of magnets it’s possible to interfere with brain electrical activity. A person can be speaking one minute and then with the application of a magnet, their ability to speak is interfered with.

This brings me to the inclusion of an image mentioning Electric Shock and why I think the use of ECT supports the need and role of more non-invasive approaches to mental illness, & why we need more funding into researching their use.

When electric shock was first used for mental illness, I liken it to the impact of any electrical thunderstorm and its ability to interfere with electricity substations that supply electricity to a number of households. Or perhaps when just one household gets hit by lightning, leading to the TV and/or radio being damaged.

Now, in some cases, a person’s internal ‘TV’ or ‘radio’ could have been broadcasting a lot of negative ‘news’ and as we know, listening to negativity can and does trigger mental health problems. So, with electric shock, the communication channel can be blocked, stopping transmission of ‘messages’. Basically, it’s breaking a thought pattern, by “stopping the news feed”. But like any indiscriminate approach it will have unwanted side effects: in the case of the TV, it’s no longer available for watching other more positive entertainment.

So, by providing this sort of perspective on the likes of ECT, I’d like to think we can draw attention to the more non-invasive approaches that retrain the brain & help people stimulate neural activity to generate healthier thoughts.