Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 26, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 26, 2021

Sharing – Better Mental Health May Not Mean Exactly What You Think It Does

Sharing – Better Mental Health May Not Mean Exactly What You Think It Does

I will say that his discussion around what people come into therapy for in terms of defining good mental health is often an issue. When I started therapy I wanted to not dissociate, because the dissociative states were proving to be more and more dangerous. But, it wasn’t like we could sit and discuss plans to simply stop, we had to dig into what happens right before I dissociate and learn better ways of dealing with that. (In my case, stress)

Even then, the desire to simply feel less stress is not always possible. It would have solved the immediate reason why I was in therapy, less stress would make me less likely to dissociate, right? But it also wasn’t sustainable because at some point life is going to be stressful. The key was not to avoid stress but to learn how to recognize it, acknowledge it, feel it, and deal with it in a healthier way.

So yes, I agree our definition of good mental health needs to incorporate much, much more than “not feeling sad, anxious, depressed, etc.” because we will feel those things again at some point. They are unavoidable, but succumbing to them without a proper response is not. We can, and should, learn how to do that.

Sharing – “Tetris for Trauma” Viral Twitter Thread: A Master Class in Misleading Psych Research

Sharing – “Tetris for Trauma” Viral Twitter Thread: A Master Class in Misleading Psych Research

Again, as Peter goes on to describe the issue is not that people might suddenly play some Tetris when dealing with trauma. That’s probably not going to harm them much, it’s that we, as a society, will come to expect that is the “magic pill” to help everyone deal with trauma and start dismissing it as something that’s easy to fix with some Tetris when it’s much, much more complicated than that. We shouldn’t lose sight of that fact.

Reviews Elsewhere – Therapy Toolkit: Sixty Cards for Self-Exploration

Reviews Elsewhere – Therapy Toolkit: Sixty Cards for Self-Exploration

“Though not a replacement to therapy, Therapy Toolkit is a gentle primer for or complement to therapy. A comprehensive booklet that includes an introduction to the therapeutic process, tips on using the deck, and a list of resources for further guidance accompanies the deck.”

Shared Links (weekly) October 10, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) October 10, 2021

Sharing – Why telehealth for mental health care is working

Sharing – Why telehealth for mental health care is working

It’s all about flexibility. As the article below points out, online appointments don’t work for everyone. They do require a stable and fast internet connection for video, and not everyone has that.

On the other hand, they also point out that not everyone has transportation to a therapist’s office, time away from work to regular travel to appointments, or the ability to get the whole family, for example, transportation to the same location.

For those folks, the switch to Telehealth that the pandemic thrust upon all of us is proving to be a godsend because they have something that was inaccessible to them previously. Even as others need a place to meet with a therapist, or simply connect better in person.