Neurological Neighbors

So I just finished watching this week’s episode of Perception. Which is actually a very good show, except the professor is an unmedicated schizophrenic whose delusions actually assist him in his work. (I wish my dysfunction served me as well.)
Toward the end of the show, though, as a neuroscientist, he was talking about all the parts of the brain that have to work in concert together for the best possible outcome to a situation.
Your neurological neighbors (all parts of your brain) have to come together, get on the same page, and do this well choreographed dance to avoid an undesirable outcome.

BING BING BING. We have a winner.

I guess this is what defines mental illness.
We have shit neurological neighbors who won’t work together and spend all their time actually bickering, slacking off, making too much noise, and generally not cooperating at all. Is it any wonder we have so much trouble getting our shit together?

If you want to do metaphors…Imagine a jury room. Imagine getting 12 people to agree on what to have for lunch without a bunch of suggestions, arguing, and grumbling. These 12 people also have to come to an agreement on the guilt or innocence of someone charged with a crime. Most of them will go with whatever flow just to get out of there. So you have disagreement, concession, and the only way anyone is on the same page is through coercion or plain old giving up.

That’s mental illness, in a nutshell.
All these parts of the brain can’t agree on anything. They can’t work together so we with mental illness are constantly at war with our own minds.We can’t make heads or tails out of things half the time because of the constant battle with our neurological neighbors.
I mean, I called the cops on my actual neighbors for making so much noise last night.
If only I could do the same for my own brain. MAKE IT SHUT UP AND GET ALONG.

My brain is like neighbors. And to quote a Guns N Roses song, I am living “Right Next Door To Hell.”

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