phantom ghosts

Here’s a very interesting approach to grief and grief counseling based on “mirror therapy” in adults with phantom limb pain. What a cool connection this blogger has made between the two – I’m excited for both the development of the therapy for amputees as well as the implications the idea has for mental health practice!  (The article has more than a few typos, sorry)!

“I find myself thinking: is this so much different from phantom limb pain? There is a loss of connection between the afferent circuitry in the brain and the efferent circuitry emanating from the limb. When this disruption in the previously existing give and take is recognized, there is a painful experience as a consequence, when the limb is felt to still be present, even if it is an illusion, the pain miraculously subsides. Can we learn from research and innovation in phantom pain to help ease the suffering of those who have tragically lost loved ones? Can we apply this type of understanding to practical tools to help people with grief pain?”  Read more at Beyond Estate.

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