The topic of mental illness has infiltrated our society at increased rates. Our society was never as conversant of mental illness as we have become today. The frequent conversations were sadly not due to increased knowledge about mental illness, but the shocking numbers of cases involving violence or tragedy.
Allow me to ask you a few questions about your feelings and mood today. Are you feeling a sense of hopelessness and lack of meaning in your daily life? Do you feel like your life is slowly moving or stuck? Can you find no evidence of success, happiness, or direction? If so, you should know that you are not alone.
Have you noticed that there is hardly ever any security outside of mental health clinics, facilities, residential centers, and hospitals? It’s amazing that medical hospitals and clinics have security but very few mental health centers do. Why do you think this is? What has been your experience with this? For therapists such as myself, I’m perturbed by the fact that mental health therapists are not “respected” enough for facilities to invest in greater security.
Are you a parent, family member, or caregiver of a loved one with a severe or untreated mental health condition? How are you coping? If I were to quiz you on the top 5 complications you have encountered so far, what would you say? For many parents, families, and caregivers, the top 5 issues with the mental health system would include:
So many people are struggling during this time of year because of the ups and downs of our economy, our laws, our insurance, our benefits, and the roller coaster ride of our own emotions and lives. So many are depressed, anxious, and even considering suicide. Do you know someone like this? Give them hope by giving them unconditional love.
Do you know someone who suffers from a severe mental illness and desires to have a family? How do you feel about this? Is this you? Or someone you know? This dilemma has created a storm of controversy over the years and has even included a debate on whether or not women, who suffer from severe or untreated mental illnesses, should be on birth control. Many believe women should be free to make their own decisions, while others caution that both the child and mother are at risk.
What do you know about the topic of self-forgiveness? Does the word seem idealistic and not realistic to you? Have you exercised forgiveness in your life before? The term “forgiveness” brings a host of feelings to the surface for many people.
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.