Tired? Moody? Sad? Depressed? Bored? Abstracted? There may be many reasons. One off-ended possibility might be overactive brain activity. An overactive brain may drain your energy. As examined in neuroscience, it may be the source connected with many of your self-perceptions. Are you struck still because you are overactive?
An emerging issue is overactive brain activity and its possible associations with depression and other conditions.
Overactive brain activity is a relatively recent condition. Scans using advanced PET (Positron Emission Topography) and MRI scans reveal how an overactive brain might influence sleeping patterns.
While many children of the vogue rre diagnosed with hyperactive disorders, overactive brain activity is primarily adult. There are subtle nuances.
An overactive brain, as shown in scans, is a brain that is on all the time – memories and associations are constantly initiating networks of neurons throughout the frontal cortex. Imagine the frontal cortex as a processor sequencing many thoughts and feelings. In an overactive brain, these rarely shut or slow down. Some of these thoughts may be at the roots of creative thinking, provided you can store and recall them.
Overactive brain activity can thwart deep analysis as thoughts shift throughout the day as well as night. A symptom of over-activity is overthinking and getting confused or obsessed.
Most people develop some degree of overthinking: heavily weighing every single option before making a move, focusing on minute details of a situation and ignoring the big picture, or choking under pressure when doing something we already believe we’re good at. Overthinking on average might create irrational thoughts and images that can affect daily living activities at many instances.
Some people believe that managing brain over-activity is to flood the mind with more stimulating activities that may curb overthinking. Others believe in medicines that help slow it down. In rare situations, medical doses of marijuana have been used.
Suggested methods toward managing overactive brains have been exercise, meditation, and allowing release of control responsibilities. Easier said than done as over-activity takes over anything you try. Ch alleges of finding the right modes and goals are often compromised.
As overactive brains and overthinking may exhibit symptoms of depression, obsessions, and sleep disorders, normal therapy usually does not get to the roots of the problems. One reason is that few psychotherapists use PET and MRI tests when ascertaining the problem. It is relatively easy to determine brain activity points and ranges using correct testing.
In some circumstances, PET studies cited some evidence that different brain regions are excited when presenting stimuli to men and women using these scans. Measuring degrees are not always the answer as there seem to be gender differences as to which areas might exhibit over-activity or not. Using MRI scans results were unclear of possible differences among gay and straight populations.
Understandably,the psychology world does not rely on PET and MRI testing due to high expense. In addition, because of expenses, scan research studies have relatively small samples and subsequently low reliability over a general population, with difficulty in determining cause and effect.
Among practitioners using scans to determine brain activities is Daniel Amen, an author, speaker and manager of Amen Clinics. He uses SPECT scans exclusively to study brain activity. His objective is to check activity within pre-cortex areas of the brain’s limbic system, with regard to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorders. His clinical studies show a cyclical association of over-activity and depression, along with chronic low self-esteem.
Having an overactive brain isn’t necessarily a disease. It has been hypothesized that creative geniuses were susceptible to possible mood swings and even psychoses. Though the presence of an overactive brain doesn’t necessarily correlate with genius, as few have been scanned during their lifetimes.
Interrupted sleep patterns possibly associated with overactive brain overthinking may result in lethargic moods and lower long-term memory storage. People with overactive brains might seem inattentive but may actually be bored and sleepy as they are already thinking of something else. Disease or symptom?
There really is no exact determination of overactive brain activity prevalence within a popular context. Neuroscience research is trying to carve a niche but few insurance companies provide coverage for preventive, advanced diagnostic procedures. So the therapeutic community targets symptoms, such as depression, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, low energy, and treats them with sometimes effective but marginal long-term medications.
Within a world where high-technology is part of everyone’s life, the overactive brain remains a mystery. Discovering the undiscoverable remains a game of high finance and low priority. The seeds are scattered but germination, growth and efficacy will need testing and retesting to ascertain whether an overactive brain is a problem or a blessing.