Practical story telling strategies are required for the therapeutic neuroscience education movement that has emerged essentially from ‘Explain Pain’ and associated research. We suggest a series of neuroscience stories that can be adapted, such as “loving the body part again” for disembodiment or “majesty of the brain” stories to enhance the notion that the person is much bigger and more powerful than the pain which may have taken them over.
One of the most popular stories is the “drug cabinet in the brain”- the story of our own powerful and underused pharmacy and one which is hijacked by the pharmaceutical industry which prefers exogenous rather than endogenous medication. The story attached here is a 5:30 minute clip in didactic form. It is particularly useful for patients who are reducing medications, to know that they have their own free pharmacy with no side effects. I think everyone should be aware of this potent drug cabinet within.
What are your thoughts on the “Drug Cabinet in the Brain” as a clinical story?
Have you any little brain metaphors that you use with patients?