Do you know a veteran? Do you know the thoughts they think, the feelings they experience, or the fears they have? What about the pint up rage, anger, and confusion? Did you know between 130.000 and 200.000 are homeless? Believe it or not, veterans experience a host of mental health conditions, hidden anxieties, hidden depression, and emotional instabilities. Once a veteran gives his or her life over to combat, their life perspective, mind, and emotions change, sometimes for the worst.
- communication of therapist’s intrapsychic conflicts to the patient
- contamination of the transference and consequent interpretations
- the dissolution of the therapeutic “hold”
- the possibility of inappropriate gratification resulting from counter-transference problems
If I were to quiz you on the 10 worst signs of a bad therapist would you know what they are? Have you ever had a therapist or met with one before? What did you like about them or dislike? It’s often difficult for people to decipher a good therapist from a bad therapist until something unethical happens.
Do you have insurance? Have you considered signing up for the Affordable Care Act’s Market-Place insurance plans? Believe it or not, a lot of people are confused with health insurance today. A lot of people are also angry at the fact that they may have to pay a fine if they don’t have coverage by January 2014. As a result, I will explain some of the basic details in hopes of clarifying your concerns.
Do you take an antidepressant? Does someone you know take an antidepressant? You can turn to almost any stranger on the street and know that they are probably taking an antidepressant medication. Our society has become a “drug nation” known for prescribing medications to remedy almost every situation experienced. Any doctor or psychiatrist you meet today will more than likely prescribe a medication during an office visit. It’s so easy to pull out a pin and prescription note (or fax it) and sign it, opening the door to millions of medications. Medication is not the enemy, however. Finding balance in using it or figuring out if you really need it, is key.
When have you fallen apart in your life? Was it when the family couldn’t get along? Was it when your divorce happened? Was it a mental health diagnosis? Was it job loss? Whatever the case, falling apart requires that we learn how to pick up the pieces of our soul and move forward. We may never move forward in total healing, but the right tools can push us in a better direction.
This statement was made in a video in my previous article about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). That statement seemed to have a major impact on readers. Tweets, pins, blog posts, and emails flooded in with people stating how happy they were to hear this and feel that there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. It became apparent to me (a therapist who does not work with BPD) how common BPD is and the confusion over how it expresses itself and how it affects the sufferer and those around the sufferer.
Although I don’t typically write on Saturday’s, I was inspired to share this video with you sooner than later to conclude our discussion on depression and emotional disturbance. I spoke with a mother who spent 1hr crying about her daughter who suffered from severe bipolar disorder in adolescence. The discussion took interesting turns and I’m sure you will find the video as intriguing.
Do you or a loved one take prescription sleep medications or what are known as sleep aids? If so, you or your loved one are among the millions of people who do in today’s society. This is an issue that has proven to be very significant for all of us. According to a recent report in the New York Times (2013), the FDA is conducting tests using a driving simulator in clinical trials to test the effect of sleep drugs on behavior. Evidence suggests sleep aids like Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata remain in the system far longer than once thought. Many are waking in the morning still under the influence of these drugs and perhaps unable to operate their vehicles in a safe manner.