Cause and therapy of migraine

Cause and therapy of migraine

Posted in the Migraine Forum

Altan Loker

Bursa, Turkey

#1 Apr 18, 2013
Migraine is not an illness caused by any organic or mental defect or dysfunction. It is a state created by the mind for making the person take better care of himself or herself under unusually difficult and harmful environmental conditions that are accidentally realized. Such conditions and the resulting failures and harms can cause severe psychological disturbances if they are not controlled. Despite this fact, much harm and loss can be tolerated consciously for attaining a worthy goal and preventing other harms and losses. This behavior is consciously considered a virtue by everyone. The state called migraine is created by the unconscious for terminating some consciously tolerated harms and losses and thereby preventing severe psychological disturbances, as explained below.

The seat of consciousness is the left cerebral hemisphere (LH). The right hemisphere (RH) operates automatically outside of consciousness, and its cognition constitutes what is called the Unconscious. The automatic RH matures earlier in childhood than the LH and has therefore functions and abilities that serve principally to realize self-protection which is the main need of the child. The development of the LH picks up speed after puberty when the need for protection has lessened. Consequently, the conscious LH finds time and energy to seek to realize successes and gains of many kinds—as known from daily experience—and is equipped to do that. This means that there is a difference between the goal hierarchies of consciousness and the unconscious. When consciousness tolerates severe harms for attaining a worthy goal, the unconscious can see this behavior as an intolerably self-harming mistake and can produce automatic self-protection responses known as migraine symptoms. These symptoms seek to terminate the various components or aspects of the self-harming behavior, or mistake, of consciousness.

The mode of cognition and language of the unconscious, i.e., the RH, and of its products such as symptoms and dreams is concrete-analogical. In this language, migraine headache means,“Stop making that mistake! Terminate your self-harming behavior!” Eye pain means,“Don’t try to ignore the harms and losses that you are suffering!” Visual and auditory disturbances mean,“Don’t distort and misinterpret the events!” Nausea and vomiting mean,“Don’t tolerate ugly, disgusting events.” Face pain means,“Don’t tolerate shameful events!” Symptoms also punish the patient for sustaining the self-harming behavior.

Tension headache is caused by having enjoyed a privileged status in the family in childhood for any reason and being harmed by expecting to receive the same treatment from the society also in adulthood. It means, especially when it is accompanied by neck pain,“Stop expecting to be supported and made happy by others; stand on your own feet and behave like a responsible adult so that you can hold your head up proudly!” The so-called “triggers” which are supposed to start migraine attacks physiologically are in reality symptoms of migraine that carry self-protective messages like all other symptoms of it. The distinctive feature of migraine is that the self-harming behavior is sustained, being tolerated consciously. Genetic predisposition may also be involved.

When the patient understands the precise meanings and functions of the symptoms with or without the help of a psychotherapist and consciously starts dealing adequately with the harms and losses that cause the symptoms, the symptoms vanish by becoming unneeded. This happens in many cases before the harms and losses are actually terminated. Tension headache and psychogenic face pain can be treated like the known symptoms of migraine are, being interpreted as done above. Dreams are interpreted together with symptoms because they have the same basic self-protective function as symptoms but carry more diagnostic information and therapeutic ideas than symptoms do.

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