- Simplistic explanation: if you don’t use your brain, it’s like a muscle it atrophies over time
- Increasing the activity of the brain increases its
- The “cause
”ofthe inactivity has to do with the negative symptoms. The sequence is defeatist attitudes —> reduced motivation —> reduced activity. The reduction in acidity involves diminished focusing, diminished short-term memory, and diminished flexibility (executive function) .
- Despite the brain atrophy, individuals can be brought up to a normal level of functioning, so that they can participate in plays, clubs, talent shows, etc. They are also able to polish up old complex skills, such as driving a car
- These activities, such as driving a car, all involve
activationof memory attention,and flexibility. Thus, these abilities have not been lost .
- When a person is huddled in a corner, staring at the wall, and listening to voices, it appears that the normal functioning has been dulled or lost; however, when engaged in a meaningful activity, the individuals are able to appear animated (increase in
affect), participating interacting and utilizing skills.
- What constitutes “meaningful activity” has to do with the fulfillment of the individual’s basic needs for security, belonging, independence, self-respect, etc.
- At the very least, the individual has sufficient cortical matter left to be able to function at a higher level. The question has to do with whether there is a limitation due to the remediable atrophy.
Theoreticalquestion has to do with what aspects of the personality are activated when the individual is actively engaged in a meaningful activity. I have proposed, in the past, that when the individual is involved in a “normal mode,” he appears, acts, thinks, and feels normal, and has normal emotions and motivations . Ifthis is true, then the trick becomes: how to keep the individual in the normal mode?