Archives for April, 2012

Acute Stress

The Forensics of Relationships: Emotional Crime Scenes #3

"In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs though it's intimate and psychological; resistant to generalization; a mystery of the individual's soul." ~ Barbara Ehrenreich.

We have been exploring relationships.

Emotional crime scenes are life events that were either traumatic, life-changing, or highly emotional. A crime scene is a place where a crime took place. Simple, but also quite complex.

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Acute Stress

The Forensics of Relationships: Emotional Crime Scenes Part 2

"Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a repetition of today." ~ James T. McKay

Zoe is waiting for her dad to come visit. Her parents are divorced. He is late, again. She has been waiting for two hours. He finally arrives. He is drunk. Mother won’t let her get in the car with him. He drives off. Zoe is twelve and very upset at her mother. She tells her...
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Acute Stress

The Forensics of Relationships: Emotional Crime Scenes

"Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn't merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper, and we are inquiring into the very depths of violence." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.
When you were a child...
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Acute Stress

Loss and Grief: An Owner’s Perspective Part 5

"Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver." ~ Sophocles.

We have been looking at the tough subject of loss and grief over the past couple of weeks. Some of you may wonder what loss and grief has to do with the Angst in Anxiety.

Grief, complicated grief, and traumatic grief are all intimately tied to anxiety and depression. In grief there are symptoms that look like generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and even obsessive-compulsive disorder. If...
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Acute Stress

Loss and Grief: An Owner’s Perspective Part 3

"For in grief nothing stays put. One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?" ~ Lewis.

There are a number of theories on how people grieve. A theory is not a fact, just a well thought through speculation on what something means. These theories address the universality of the grief process. Some...
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Acute Stress

Loss and Grief: An Owner’s Perspective Part 2

"Every perturbation is a misery, but grief is a cruel torment, a domineering passion: as in Old Rome, when the Dictator was created, all inferior magistracies ceased, when grief appears, all other passions vanish." ~ Robert Burton in The Anatomy of Melancholy.

What Is Bereavement?

Bereavement is a noun that defines a condition of some type of loss. Bereavement is usually used to talk about being deprived of something or someone. The condition present during bereavement...
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Acute Stress

Loss And Grief: An Owner’s Perspective

"The suppression of grief and despair numbs our psyche and soul and drains the energy we need for resilience." ~ Joanna Macy.

Loss, grief, and bereavement carry a heavy responsibility. These words will stare you down throughout a lifetime. These words know they have the upper hand. No one goes through a lifetime without some or a great deal of experience with loss and grief.

It serves all of us to understand what we mean by...
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