Just taking some notes. Kind of criticizing the author of this book. Making sure I get this point across to my students in the fall.
Is person first preferred by most people?
It’s typically the safest. Similar to using “they” for gender unless you know otherwise/ask the person what they prefer.
If a client wanted me to refer to them as “a schizophrenic,” I would of course oblige, but otherwise I’m coming out of the gate saying “an individual with schizophrenia.”
That goes for any mental health condition.
please stop saying we should protect people with psychosis because they aren’t all violent or dangerous or harmful!
we need to protect psychotic people with violent tendencies too! those who may well hurt others or themselves are also worthy of protection and of access to the resources, help and support they need! people with violent tendencies and no form of psychosis also deserve protection!! maybe they have trouble controlling their emotions or impulses or maybe they have a personality disorder that leads to violent and harmful tendencies?? oh well, they’re still people, many of whom need and want help, and by demonising them, all you’re doing is making it harder for them to access support!
Stop throwing the extremes under the bus to get approval for yourself please!
Harvard Medical School clinics are integrating behavioral care with clinical social workers!
Trauma has been found to correlate with a broad range of mental health disorders. Since the 2000s, a growing body of research has focused on the link between trauma and schizophrenia. Results have strongly indicated a high degree of comorbidity. However, there is much debate and discussion as…
types of grounding techniques for PTSD, anxiety, dissociation etc.
Describe your environment in detail, using all your senses-for example, “The walls are white; there are five pink chairs; there is a wooden bookshelf against the wall…”Describe objects, sounds, textures, colors, smells, shapes, numbers, and the temperature. You can do this anywhere.
- Play a “categories” game with yourself. Try to think of “types of dogs,” “jazz musicians,” “states that begin with A…”
- Do an age progression. If you have regressed to a younger age (e.g., 8 years old), you can slowly work your way back up until you are back to your current age.
- Describe an everyday activity in great detail. For example, describe the meal that you cook (e.g., “First I peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters…
- Imagine. Use an image: Glide along on skates away from your pain; change the TV channel to get to a better show; think of a wall as a buffer between you and your pain.
- Say a safety statement. “My name is ______; I am safe right now. I am in the present, not in the past.”
- Read something, saying each word to yourself. Or read each letter backward so that you focus on the letters and not on the meaning of the words.
- Use humor. Think of something funny to jolt yourself out of your mood.
- Run cool or warm water over your hands.
- Grab tightly onto your chair as hard as you can.
- Touch various objects around you: a pen, keys, your clothing, the wall….
- Dig your heels into the floor-literally “grounding” them! Notice the tension centered in your heels as you do this. Remind yourself you are connected to the ground.
- Carry a grounding object in your pocket, which you can touch when ever you feel triggered.
- Jump up and down
- Notice your body: the weight of your body in the chair; wiggle your toes in your socks; the feel of your chair against your back…
- Stretch. Roll your head around; extend your fingers…
- Clench and release your fists.
- Walk slowly; notice each footstep, saying “left or “right”…
- Eat something, describing the flavors in detail to your self.
- Focus on your breathing, notice each inhale and exhale.
- Say kind statements, as if you were talking to a small child-for example, “you are a good person going through a hard time. You’ll get through this.”
- Think of favorites. Think of your favorite color, animal, season, food, time of day…
- Picture people you care about (e.g., your children), look at a photograph.
- Remember the words to an inspiring song, quote, or poem.
- Remember a safe place. Describe the place that you find so soothing.
- Say a coping statement: “I can handle this.”
- Plan a safe treat for yourself, such as a certain desert.
- Think of things you are looking forward to in the next week-perhaps time with a friend, going to a movie.
WHAT IF GROUNDING DOES NOT WORK?
GROUNDING DOES WORK! But, like any other skill, you need to practice.
Practice as often as possible, even when you don’t need it.
Try grounding for a loooooonnnnnnngggggg time (20-30 minutes).
Notice which methods you like best.
Create your own methods of grounding.
Start grounding early in a negative mood cycle.
Make up index cards.
Have others assist you in grounding.
Prepare in advance.
Create a tape of a grounding message.
Think about why grounding works.
DON’T GIVE UP!
like if you claim to support disabled people you need to be standing up for all disabled people, not just the ones who are useful to a capitalist society, not just the white, cis, het, thin, rich or male ones, not just the ones who aren’t angry, not just those who are conventionally attractive
all fucking disabled people
and this includes addicts, this includes those with personality disorders and those with psychosis, this includes all the disabled folk painted as monsters in the media
this includes the self-diagnosed and the chronically ill, this includes all those who have never and will never work, who are dismissed as ‘low-functioning’ and ‘lazy’
this includes those with obvious physical differences, whose mobility devices you can’t ignore, who’s visible presence in society is frowned upon and seen as an inconvenience, as something to be ashamed of
every disabled life is worth supporting and I want to see more people fucking doing that