Essay about Brain Is Dependent On Experiences And Affect

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The brain is dependent on experiences and affect. This particular theory explains how affect can either have; an affect attunement which holds a core of healthy development or an affect misattunement which can develop a personality disorder. There is also an affect regulation, the Hallmark of Mental Health, which is the ability to regulate affect going up or down. Some individuals with a broad range of affect regulation strategies will be able to flexibly adapt to a range of stressful situations; whereas those individuals with a limited emotional regulation may limit themselves which may come with more severe unintended consequences. My presented patient utilizes affect regulation to strengthen her ability to modulate her emotional state in order to adaptively meet the demands of her current environment in treatment and communicates how she will take these same tools with her after discharge.
All of this learning and adaptation is the result of neural connectivity and plasticity. “Plasticity is the ability of neurons to change in response to experience and it is where new dendrites are formed.” Glasser states, “The process of neural plasticity in response to learning and the acquisition of new memories continues throughout childhood and into adulthood. Although the processes of plasticity enable the brain’s structure and function to continue to be modulated in response to environmental input and the organism’s needs, there is evidence that plasticity in the adult brain is…

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