subway flash


The Pawnbroker scene with Rod Steiger – in which he replies a survivor of the Nazi holocaust in the mid 1900s.
The Pawnbroker, living in New York, disconnected from his present social going-ons and disinterested in faith and man.
Later in the movie he is shocked into the social realities around him.
here flash backs of horrible experiences.

symptoms of trauma

  • angry outburst at inconvenient times, including when relax
  • Trouble remembering key features of traumatic event
  • Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities

PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder

“disorder” in standard practice of medicine is a diagnosis.
diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can ONLY be given by a professional.
this fact is true because the purpose of diagnosis is to specify treatment and management of disorder, (which are spotted tenants of a criteria layed out by medical standards )

with that aside ones own research into Anxiety and Trauma could be very beneficial for one lifes therapies.

taking on episodes

Our past experiences, ride shotgun with our present doings. a relaxed body, at any given moment and anxiety or “flashbacks” can rise to the front of our perception.
Freud speculated that this was the body defending its self.
This is as if to say, hey body you survived an event before, lets keep it as a guard.
What does this mean?
Sometimes its useful to just welcome the flash, the anxiety episode.
then catch before “it” before it starts up again by reminding self/body “IM SAFE”.

This is a helpful tool because it requires nothing, not even privacy.

1. start with a good sized inhale.
2. Exhale and count out “ 5..4..3..2..1..0″
Count whispering while exhaling
3. Inhale through the nose
4. Exhale “5..4..3..2..1..0″ Just as number 2.
5. continue to step 3 and 4 :
I slow down my counting with each exhale

5…4…3….2….1…0
5…..4…..3……2…..1……0 slower and slower each exhale.

6. I do this for about 3 to 5 minutes or so
7. (optional) inhale, then exhale and repeating the thought: “I’m Safe” . – helpful if anxious.

– taken from the full post: Breathing and Counting Exercise.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. –William James

seeking professional management & treatment

under the present healthcare system, if one is persistently bothered by trauma and anxiety system, the SECOND step is to talk with ones General Practitioner.
FIRST keep a list or a log of of events and episodes.
this is a habit one should always consider when a doctors visit is scheduled.
write down when, what you were doing, and how the event made you physically feel.
If you suspect post-trauma ask General practitioner for the next step,

There is nothing shameful about anxiety and trauma-symptoms. they are part of the bodys functioning, like eating, pooping and dreaming, vomiting.
but one doesnt want persistent anxiety and flashes to rule his life.

this link has examples of charts before visiting a doctor:https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/
one can download them or just make their own on paper.

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Anger rather than Sad


from the Book of Life

Common tenants of Depression or Major Depressive Episodes

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment

Common tenants of Anxiety―Depression (disorder group GAD)PDF
thanks https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression/symptoms

What is Disorder?

  • Disorders such as Bipolar disorder, Personality Disorders. or Anxiety Disorders can only be “Diagnosed” by healthcare―professionals or psychologists.
  • One maybe diagnosed with 6 disorders or 1 disorder – this does not mean one is anymore “screwed up” than the other.
  • Disorder is categorized for the purposes of treatment & management between a client, therapist & healthcare―providers.
  • There are legal and professional standards that healthcare―providers in mental-physical health must abide by – that’s what the literature is about: DSM4 DSM5

Gestalt therapy perspective

  • Self awareness not why but:
  • how and when? do ” I feel angry and sad “.
  • Moral- am I judging myself for feeling angry? sad? or tired?
  • How and When do I judge myself.. others environment.
  • Ambivalence: do i feel “conflicting” sensations? ↓Examples:↓
  • thrilled but angry and anxious
  • sad but tuned_in
  • relaxed.. but tight in the legs or chest

contact―boundary memoirs

At a good time (when sad happy or angry etc.)
can I observe between “me” and “not―me” :

  • projection — eg. expressing feeling in drawing or painting ; blaming someone or somthing)
  • Deflection — avoiding both good or bad feeling for another time)
  • confluence — losing sense of self to the outside world, or defending in reaction
  • retroflection — turning ones desires for others (especially with anger) back and substituding ones self) i.e. self blame and self harm
  • Introjection — absorbents in the interactions between “me” and “not―me” without processing (metabolizing)
Anger is part of depression. Anger is part of all of us in daily life.
the good choices we make are in
how to manage are emotions, sensations and Affects so they are not regular intrusions or regularly destructive.
This Management.
This is Anger. This is Depression.

Value & Meaning building

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

__Viktor Emil Frankl

 
 
What is  “Meaning” ?
To me:  A personal  or subjective  experience in definition. for something to  be “Meaningful”  it must hold Value and– in my relationship with this something or someone, concept, goal, object, human or life-fom, I must “esteem” it to be more value in comparison to other somethings in a context, landscape or gestalt.
 
 

Esteem

respect for or a high opinion of someone

Respect

 Admiration for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities.

Value

the importance or worth of something for someone
how useful or important something is

dictionary.cambridge.org
 
 

Meaning.

  • meaningful… description of information, that is:
    • that is formed out of background of discord
    • that is relative: relative  to a topic, study, paradigm, “game” , time-space location, happening, or world- view.
    • that is defined  in language, symbols or gesture,
    • that is prioritized in importance – intellectually and emotionally.
  • meaninglessness:  information that is not meaningful and therefore  remains, or is relegated to the background.

—from  Agnostic Conditons : Pennsylvania Echoes

I have reworked a task/todo   sheet
Visible here:  Value Building Exercise Example Page .
to be a simple    exercise in thinking about Value  and then about Meaning.
the instructions are at the bottom of the page linked above.

Free as is now warranting  for Download:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/valuing-building-exercise-odt.png

valuing-building-exercise-pdf  PDF

valuing-building-exercise-odt -Editable ODT

Click on the links or picture Above for downloads.

Have a meaningful Day!

 

Affect Calendar January 2017

January Calendar for keeping track of Ones daily Affect —
Affect and mood are a descriptions of common body/mind tenants such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health awareness.

↡ PDF download here↡

jan-2017-affect-calendar-pe

you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

Other mood tracking and charting tools at
https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

Free Html Calendar maker at
http://freehtmlcalendar.com/

Hierarchy of needs

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Hierarchy of Needs model


When i worked the phones , one of the useful templates was”Maslows Hierarchy of Needs”. This is a loose diagram on the basic structure of personal needs a person maintains as he/she moves towards “personal actualization” or growth and social productivity as Maslow saw the individual.
The real motivation of this diagram ―published with Motivation and Personality  often taught diagram in psychology classes , was to suggest a foundation of “needs” were to be discussed when studying the potential of the individual and the transition to actualization of positive accomplishments in family, community, ecosystem, etc.
As  one might expect ― an actual diagram for each person would differ a bit from person to person… this point- has even  been debated in psychology articles over the decades.

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SO  in  working the phones in the past;  after allowing one to vent as i was trained::
if it was clear the calling -person was in crisis, i would sway  the “client” to focus on his basic needs.  try to get them to focus one the tenant that needed addressed the most at that moment.
Its very easy to forget ones self  in work , family- , and distractions these days…
Our my needs being met on a daily basis? am i weakening my health by not caring of myself
am i responsible to myself (or even others, arguably)  by taking care of my own tenants?

Fun time!  below is a  downloadable image (right click and download)
and  below that a link for a PDF…
A simple fill in the blank exercise  to see how one would make their hierarchy:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/heirarchy-of-needs-template-fun.png

right click to download. No Warranty .

Full sized: heirarchy-of-needs-template-fun.png
PDF version that should match A4 size if easier::

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its a little like decorating  a  Christmas tree!
Happy Holidays!!!

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Affect Calendar November 2016

November Calendar for keeping track of Ones daily Affect   —
Affect and mood  are   a descriptions  of common body/mind tenants   such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health  awareness.

↡ PDF download here↡

nov2016-affect-calendar-pe

you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

Other  mood tracking and charting tools at
https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

Free  Html Calendar maker at
http://freehtmlcalendar.com/

 

This is an example:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/october-2016-affect-tracking-template-example-pennsylvania-echoes.png

October Affect charting Calendar

 

Enjoy November!

Affect Calendar October 2016

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/october-2016-affect-tracking-template-example-pennsylvania-echoes.png?w=453&h=246

October Affect charting Calendar

This is a Calendar for keeping track of ones daily Affect …
Affect and mood  are   a descriptions  of common body/mind tenants   such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health  awareness.

you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

october2016-affect-calendar-pe

Other  mood tracking and charting tools at
https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

Free  Html Calendar maker at
http://freehtmlcalendar.com/