I remember the days when I was just a little kid in elementary school who was always happy, having fun and carefree with no worries. I sure miss those days and I know I’m not the only one! As I got older, life became harder. And when I say “life became harder,” I don’t just mean because of the normal stuff us adults go through in life, such as paying bills, paying rent, going to work everyday or even finding a job and being financially stable. Anyone else out there who suffers from mental illness understands what I mean. I suffer from and have been diagnosed with depression, as well as bipolar disorder and anxiety. Doing every day tasks that may seem normal and simple to do are harder for me, such as getting up in the morning to go to work or even getting up in general. I want you to read about my journey and understand how important mental health is.
The subject of this writing is to highlight the research and improvements that have been discovered regarding becoming self-aware, practicing self-care, and implementing self-correction. Focus is on the importance of mindfulness in the treatment of mental health and how it benefits the therapist and the client, as well as the positive life changes that come from self-discovery.
"It comes like a whisper, you know? Just the slightest sound of his name to tickle the insides of my mind.
Something they fail to tell you once you first entire therapy is that recovery isn't linear. Its ups, downs, circles, reverses, and overlaps. When i first entered therapy, a picture was drawn for me on a straight line; start here, finish there. but after 7 years of hard sessions and fighting myself, I realized that this wasn't going away. It was apart of me permanently. Now, that doesn't necessarily imply a bad time per se. But i will always be different. Ill notice that that our boss wore that tie three times this week, (No Robert, three times. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.) I will always be hyper conscious of completely irrelevant things, (do my scars rub against his skin while we make love? Does it make him itch? ) And I'll probably always need extra reassurance. (I know I said sorry when i dropped the plate, but i didn't know if you knew I meant it.. so I kept going until you were sure. - ...are you sure you forgive me?)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a science-based therapy created by Marsha Linehan, PhD. that has been proven effective in teaching individuals struggling with behavioral disorders and PTSD skills to improve their quality of life. These skills are divided into four categories: interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. DBT was developed in the 1980s, and though DBT is spreading quickly, many people still don't know much—if anything—about DBT therapy.
Why do people go to therapy, really? To sort out grief. To work out dilemmas and move on. Maybe to get closer to someone or over someone. There are so many reasons one would need therapy. Mine is to have a voice and to actually be heard. OK. That's it. Well, not exactly.
You wake up early, drink coffee, sit in traffic, muddle through the work day, sit in more traffic, go to sleep, and start it all over again tomorrow. If your life sounds anything like this, or even if you have a different tiresome routine, the question "what is this all for?" has probably crossed your mind once or twice. According to existential psychologists, finding meaning in life is the purpose of humanity and a lack of meaning is the source of anxiety and depression. However, as the basis of countless books, plays, and movies, this topic has been romanticized and dramatized so thoroughly that finding meaning has become a grail quest in its own right. Fortunately, you don’t have to drop everything and go on a soul searching adventure to find a purpose for living. It is very possible to find meaning and purpose in the life you are currently living. Here are some of the techniques of existential theory that will start you on the path to purpose and open your eyes to all the beautiful and wonderful relationships and settings your daily life takes you through.
Going to therapy is like having coffee with a good friend you haven’t seen in a long time. You talk, you discuss real-life issues. You spill your heart and something about the sanctity of the coffee represents the “this stays between us” moment. Once you’re done sipping your last bit, it’s time to say goodbye. Once you leave, you smile because your heart feels lighter, but in reality you wish it would never end. That’s what therapy is like for me. It’s nice to know that every Friday at 11, I have someone to talk to. It’s nice to know that I have one thing to depend on each week. But the hardest part is knowing that once I step out of the office, I am out of sight, out of mind.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, has become a hot topic in the world of mental health. It's been called a breakthrough form of therapy that could easily help the people who are suffering lead a better life. Many have also begun to credit CBT for improvements to their depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Two of the purposes for which clients enter psychotherapy are recovery after a traumatic event has plunged them into an abyss of negative emotions, and the human capacity for misconceptions about others with whom we have associations. These two problems often fog human ability to get and maintain relationships and function well in the world. Learning the following two lessons in psychotherapy can aid anyone in finding their way out of the self-imposed prison many find they have fallen into of self-pity and resentment.
"I thought it was just a dream. I thought...maybe I could have been wrong." I mumbled frigidly, " They said that they knew things, things we as humans don't have the mental capacity to properly comprehend." I swallowed the fear that had been stuck in my throat for days. Amidst trying to finish a single thought, the silence in the room began making me sweat. The smell of fresh linen on the couch and the faint ticking of the clock started to weigh heavily on my brain. My therapist assumingly peered at me from the corner as if to say she understood, even though she didn't, while jotting down notes and memos for her next client. I've found myself questioning why I continue to return to these bull shit sessions, spilling all of my secrets out to a superficial woman holding the world’s most hypocritical coffee mug stating, "Everything will be okay". If only.
I am a mixed raced woman, just for clarification. I have a Black Caribbean mother and a White European father.