Imbalanced Teens and Young Adults

Researchers in Australia draw a link

It’s only a matter of time until the next big story of a shooting…

Researchers in Australia draw a link between depression, anxiety, ADHD and other conditions ~ and the inner-ear (vestibular system).

We will then learn of the imbalanced personality of the troubled shooter. Why was he so upset? What made him lose his perspective on life and give in to this horrible impulsivity?

The words of the news anchors that echo in our minds – “imbalanced”, “impulsive”, “out of control”, “off his rocker”, etc.

These same words keep coming up in the description of individuals who have physiological issues with fundamental balance, i.e., the vestibular system.

From Melbourne, Australia: The vestibular system is hooked into the central nervous system (CNS) — the CNS is associated with what we’d call “emotional” disorders – conditions like schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and even depression, a feeling we all experience from time to time. Sure, there may be a reason for your depression (lots of them for some people) but not many of us associate these emotional conditions to the vestibular system.

Until now.

A biomedical researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Brian Lithgow, recognized that there was the potential to diagnose “emotional” conditions and disorders by comparing electro-vestibular activity in different people. FYI, the vestibular system, along with all of the other systems in the body, generates electrical signals for delivery to the brain for processing.

Lithgow, who looks at the human body from a biomedical perspective, recognized that the vestibular system was closely linked to the primitive, less developed sections of the brain where emotions reside. Our rational selves exist in the cognitive parts of the brain. Less developed sections of the brain are responsible for our emotional selves. For example, when some driver cuts you off on the highway, you don’t weigh the good and bad of the action, you just get mad. Those emotions come from the less-highly-developed sections of the brain – the reacting centers rather than the thinking centers.

The same is true of emotions like depression and anxiety. These are often generated in the more primitive regions of the brain. And because the vestibular system also connects up with these primitive brain bits, Lithgow saw the possibility of using vestibular activity to identify depression, anxiety, ADHD and other conditions through the measurement of the activity of the vestibular system.

Potential for Diagnosing Depression

So, maybe you experience depression often. And maybe you can’t always identify the reason for these feelings. Life is good, but you’re still sad.

Or, life is good but your anxiety levels are off the scale. Well, it may not be in your head. The problem may be in your ears.

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