Or, good news for people who feel emotionally and physically over-loaded.
For clarification we should first treat emotional experiences in context to human nature and cultural expectations. When someone over reacts to a flat tire we just assume something else must be going on in their personal life and leave it at that. When someone experiences a great loss we recognize holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and an occasional flat tire or seemingly unrelated experience evoke an emotional response inflicted at the moment of the loss. Some things help us to vent and some things take time to get over. You need wisdom to tell the difference.
My question is why do we keep trying to micro manage the emotional response to life? And For the love of God can we just scientifically prove that in general men and women and the AARP experience life at a different metabolic emotional-affecting-physical level? And can we taylor womens’, mens’, and the elderly’s health based on an emotional metabolism and hormonal makeup? I think one day we will and to illustrate the difference I am going to compare men and women as tetris to Dr. Mario and the elderly as a wildcard.
Simply put the process of emotional metabolism is experienced differently between men and women. Both have the same goal of eliminating blocks for the purpose of continued playing experience but the process differs slightly. In tetris there is no specific connection required for elimination; the process occurs when there is no horizontal void in a stack of blocks and they magically disappear. For women who are wired like Dr. Mario there are viruses strategically placed through out the screen and those viruses are eliminated through a process of matching colors to the tune of four in a row matching color with the added bonus of multiple elimination strategies. It’s subtle difference but if you are a woman trying to get a diagnosis for something that is serious you might find the process to be as fundamentally flawed and frustrating as being left handed in a right handed world; you can get around but you are more likely to die younger or and you will get hurt.
If only scientists and doctors spent more time playing video games… for the elderly (wild card) they have a special place because with life experience comes wisdom and with wisdom comes more emotional control and with age comes a loss of hormones and hormonal therapy. Ideally demographics would be set according to genetic markers, age or metabolic age, hormone levels, and personal history.
I realize that ordering a facelift on medical research is going to take weeks, maybe even months to approve and in a very real way I don’t have months to ignore the pressing medical/emotional issues I face right now without a more customized approach so my call to action is grass roots. As patients we need have confidence to ask for customized healthcare. I’m not just talking about raising funds to study heart disease in women (which we should do) but I am talking about we must recognize that whatever medical problems that affect us all are experienced differently in a body that has a menstrual cycle and a body that that has nuts. If you think that your wellness plan could be tailored to your chemistry you are probably right. Ask your doctor if they want to play video games and take it from there.
So, the good news that needs no medical data: I believe that as individuals if we could take time to listen to what our bodies crave, how our emotions reveal themselves, and what health issues are pressing and ask our doctors to take our age, gender, and our present emotional state into account that our medical successes will be shared and a change will happen. I called facebook and they said that your friends and family are ready to share and like any articles that help us to be happy and healthier so let’s do it. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need or to recognize that what you have isn’t working.