Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to regenerate.
This is particularly important for individuals who have experienced a brain injury. While those injuries can be devastating, the brain can create new synapses and wiring to compensate and recover.
The approach to brain health oftentimes is very scientific, but Jay Lombard, MD, believes it needs to go deeper.
The first thing he tells patients of brain injury is to hold hope. Many sufferers feel hopeless and that the effects of injury are irreversible. It's important to overcome skepticism and doubt and allow for a future of promise and healing.
Can this positivity truly have an impact?
Thoughts are incredibly powerful. Think of your brain pathways being affected by a traffic jam. You're familiar with the area enough to find alternative routes in order to avoid the jam. This concept is being implemented clinically in the practice of neurorplasticity, where doctors and scientists are seeing both behavioral and chemical changes.
It's also essential for victims of brain injury have the full support of loved ones. There is almost always a structural basis for psychiatric symptoms. Based on an individual's unique injury, treatment options are available; from pharmaceutical methods to diet and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Lombard also discusses the concept of connecting with a higher power as included in his new book, The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul.