This week is After Trauma’s one year anniversary and this the 100th post! The previous post listed the 5 most popular posts. These are my top 5 favorite posts, many of weren’t that widely read. So here they are and why I think you should give them a chance!
Not every culture has the same definitions of mental illness and the way a culture explains and treats people who have mental illnesses has a big impact on how well they do. For example, in Zanzibar where schizophrenic symptoms are seen as possession or cursed, people tend to be higher functioning. Why? Well, if you’re doing better some days, then you must not be possessed anymore and you are accepted as being well. Then if there is a symptom relapse, then people just think you’re possessed again. It’s easier for individuals to be accepted as they are, whereas in the disease model, someone with schizophrenia has schizophrenia and once they’re on disability they are disabled and it’s often perceived as a static condition. There are, of course, real cons to the possession model, but the fact that there are pros is usually news to a lot of people. Read more in the article about culture’s impact on mental illness!
Most talk therapists just do that–talk. But I think that any competent therapist should be prepared to meet their clients where they are and many people just aren’t that comfortable opening up with words. Therapists should be able to use visual, kinesthetic, music, dance, rhythm, whatever it takes–and these can still be done within evidence based treatments.
Placebo effects are fascinating and the name is misleading–they aren’t just related to sugar pills. Did you know that when pain medication is administered without announcing it to the patient it has a much, much smaller effect than if patients are told something like, “Here is your pain medication, you will feel much better soon.” Even for something very real like pain medication, the mind body connection still has a huge role in how it helps us. How does this translate to therapy? Read on!
Not only is play crucial for childhood development it’s really important for adults to do too! What do I mean by play and why exactly is it important? Find out!
My favorite article: Trauma symptoms are a normal reaction to an abnormal event. I explain how each PTSD symptom is actually a good thing your brain did to protect you from a traumatic event, but now its gone amok.