Monday, June 6, 2016

Broken Heart Syndrome, 3

Different hearts and brains respond to events differently. Something that wouldn’t be pleasant but not the end of the world, either, for one person, may be perceived as totally catastrophic for another. An unexpected and terrifying medical diagnosis, or being fired, or losing a great deal or money, or going bankrupt, or domestic abuse may trigger the syndrome for some. For others it might be a surprise birthday party or being expected or forced to perform in public. It’s different strokes for different folks. That’s one reason to know your friends and loved ones very well because what you think would be a hoot might be more than they could cope with. No brain and heart can be completely ready for every catastrophe. Understanding and living the 20:80 Rule and having good stress management strategies and a strong social network in place can be immensely helpful, however. More tomorrow

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