Self-Soothers

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SELF THERAPY session 4

Published May 8, 2020 by Nan Mykel

T= Therapist

T: Back so soon, I see.

Me:  If I don’t go forward I’ll be sucked back.

T:  Still talking metaphors.

Me:  I can’t mess with lah-ti-dah.  This is real!

T:  What have you done for you?

Me: I’m meeting my goal with the booklet.

T: Has that helped?

Me: At least it’s given me a string from day to day.

T:  Good for you [us].

Me: But then I read he was mad at the Post Office for not charging more!

T:  Pure evil?

Me: Yes…And before you ask, there’s something else I’m going to try.

T: Oh?

Me: My arms are getting skeletal and as much as I hate it, I’m going to try and exercise maybe 5 minutes a day.

T:   You should be able to have a success with that goal, also.

Me:  But I’m concerned about my growing paranoia.

T:  Growing?

Me: Yes, I can see myself becoming suspicious of just about everybody and every thing.

T: Is it paranoia or the truth?

Me:  It’s even worse if paranoia is the truth.

T:  Hmmn…You’ve already said that you won’t outlive the effects of this plague.  Can you make just a little fun for yourself in your final days?

Me: I’ll certainly have to meditate on that…

 

 

Videotaping Bi-Polar Speaker

Published March 26, 2017 by Nan Mykel

Thursday night I videotaped a female Bipolar survivor speaking on her experience with the disorder, for public access.  It was a NAMI presentation, at the public library, and I heard again good things about the new treatment aid for Borderline Personality, PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, and stressed folks without a disorder.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed after my stint in graduate school and in fact after I retired! Curious, I finally purchased a second-hand copy in excellent condition via Amazon, and for ten dollars have the skilled workbook for my own use. (Total bill was $10-something). Now I know what everybody has been talking about!  Instead of my measly list of suggestions for self-soothing in my blog last  Monday, I have at my fingertips a list of  more than 100 self-soothers!  There are only two I would take umbrage with: 1. watch television [not today!] 2. Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a long time [not if you’e a survivor of incest].

Anyway, now I know what it’s all about and I’m starting my first lesson!

BTW, it’s called The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, by McKay,  Wood, and Brantley, 2007.

 

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