The below concepts are presented as brief examples of some of the ideas that I may bring up for discussion during therapy sessions that are addressing the following issues:
There is an unavoidable rule of relationship that is at work, no matter what sort of relationship we are talking about. Trust creates more trust, distrust creates more distrust.
The best anxiety reducer of all time, is to take care of business.
For most of us, having too much time on our hands opens the door for depression to come in. Reducing depression almost always includes increasing activity.
Anger is an important and necessary emotion, when it is used as a tool to protect oneself or a loved one. It becomes a problem when it gets in the driver’s seat, and we later regret what happened.
Impact of trauma:
Experiencing a trauma creates a special sort of memory that is sharper, more persistent, and more emotionally charged than regular memories. These memories can be triggered to occur when we don’t want them. This can happen to anyone, and is due to the nature of the brain.
The brain has a way of playing tricks on us. Once it knows how to have a panic attack, it can play this trick on us at inconvenient times. This does not mean you are going crazy, just that you have a brain.
Impact of mental issues on ideas of self:
There is mind, and there is brain. The mind is like the program running on the organic computer, the brain. The mind holds all of our ideas of who we are, and all of our understandings. The brain is like every other body part, prey to different maladies, such as depression. Who I know myself to be is not defined by any brain problem.
The number one, strongest trigger to relapse, is being in the presence of the substance itself. Overcoming addiction involves identifying and avoiding triggers that bring on thoughts of using.
Courage is acting in the face of fear or anxiety. No one is born courageous. In every situation, acting courageously is a choice. Like strengthening a muscle, small acts of courage increase our ability to act courageously.
The U.S. may be among the most difficult places in the world to be happy. We are continually soaked in media messages that tell us there is something wrong with us, and that buying a product, or looking a certain way, will fix the problem. But there is always a new, better product to buy.