At three pounds, the brain is no small thing. Our profession, lifestyle, relationships, personal decisions, opinions, and sense of self depend on it. If our brain isn’t healthy, nothing else works right. Including our body’s ability to recover and heal from illness. The work of Gravitas will change our surroundings. People who have depression, anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke, or other brain illness that impacts social or physical stability will accept intervention before problems escalate. Chronic and life threatening conditions will be less severe when the impact brain health has on illness recovery, response to medications, and decision making is included in doctor visits. The medical stigma associated with longer, more personal, health visits will be replaced with short baseline and severity assessments that guide care management discussions towards specific, actionable solutions. Social stigma will be shifted from a personal problem to a physiologic illness that is a diagnosed component of illness, disease, or injury - not something “out of the blue”.
Smarter healthcare makes it more affordable, more responsive, more capable, and more successful. Reducing the incidence and effects of illness makes it less costly for everyone. People can participate fully in making good decisions when they have clear heads to make them and actionable information to make them with. Doctors can expand the professional services they provide their patients by comprehensively attacking illness and disease. Demonstrating capability and expanding practice capacity can be supported by customized technologies to help slice through medical data and uncover the pathway of intervention. It shouldn’t replace the dynamics of care, it should individualize it.
Re-connecting the brain with the body helps doctors relieve all of the symptoms of illness. And, the bi-directional impact the body and brain have on one another aren’t just physiological, they’re personal. How we process information, how we make decisions, and how we keep what we need to do for ourselves top of mind has more impact on our health than medicine can. With all of the focus given to chronic illnesses and preventing life threatening disease, such as cancer, the numbers have steadily risen over the past three decades - at the same rate that brain illnesses have. They are related to one another.
No More Stigma
If every individual in the world thought of depression, anxiety, dementia, cognitive impairment, memory loss, or disorientation as an effect of a physiological illness, there would be no more stigma. It can’t be said because it isn’t always true. However, the brain is as much of a physiological system, that responds to the environment and the organs around it, as the heart or lungs are. By assessing and improving the health of the brain, like taking blood pressure and treating it when its high, the severity, impact, cost, and stigma of poor health will be vastly reduced.
When diagnosed with a chronic or life threatening condition, the ability to grasp the consequences and make good choices about the type of care we want to receive is our first response. When our brain is impacted, things become more confusing. New problems, more doctor visits, and the fear that we're losing our mind escalate as the brain problem continues and is not treated. Since doctors don’t generally consider brain health, and are often focused on a single physical illness, the proper diagnosis or a drug side effect, the impact on your brain becomes “something in your head” or "a part of aging". Knowing that your doctor is serious about protecting and preserving brain health, you can say, I Am Heard.