Two Way Street

Confused

Distressed seem to be the order of the day

Many Moons ago during course-work (training in Humanistic skills) we (students) were asked to provide a paper, as par for the course, on our own unique view. Myself choosing to show how Neurosis (depression/anxiety) and counselling could exist side by side with the medical (model) side of the illness.

There are three main area’s a professional counsellor may have in their arsenal to help an individual psychodynamic, humanistic and behavioural. Having said that there are other approaches. The three I mention I believe to be the most commonly practised.

Enough back to the post. While neurosis is not a physical problem, it can over time cause great distress leading to physical problems. In the vast majority of cases it is brought about by social and environmental factors. This brings with them many problems. Yet even to day, many years on, I still hear of people been given drugs first, questions later.

Thankfully more so I hear of many doctor surgery’s having a registered counsellor or access to third party counsellor practice. To name drop one such organization namely North East Counselling Services (who are resident in Gateshead and cover most of South Tyneside) are excellent at what they do and I highly recommend. You do not need to have mental health problems to seek the help of a counsellor. Here are some area’s they cover. (Although most all have there roots in one way or another relating to the mind):

  • Abandonment, Alcohol Misuse.
  • Body Image.
  • Domestic Abuse, Financial Issues.
  • Relationship Problems, Weight Issues and work issues. These are just a few area’s they cover there’s many more.

Ask your doctor about them if you feel their expertise is for you. I also believe if you have work issues you can be referred by Jobcenter Plus.

As I have mentioned Neurosis is a psychological illness and brings with it many distressing symptoms. On the behavioural side it can cause the sufferer to avoid area’s of their life eventually leading to chronic anxiety.

Psychological issues may include panic, palpitations, tension, hyperventilation and increased pulse. These symptom alone can lead to severe chest pain similar to that of suffering a heart attack.

Processes of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning are contrasted with emotional and volitional processes (cognitive). Here reactive thought such as ‘this is terrifying’ ‘I can not control my thinking’, will more than likely lead to thoughts such as ‘maybe I will have a heart attack’, ‘I am going to panic’ (thoughts of anticipation). The thinking here is forming what is know as the vicious circle/cycle. With out intervention thoughts such as these may, and have been known to cause serious physical distress.

So why this post. I think because I still feel anxiety medication/anti-depression is still being thought of as the cure. It is not. However, it will help suppresses the physical symptoms and dull the mind (thoughts).

More to the point medication and counselling should be on the same street. Both professionals there to help. Medication to stabilise the situation (if the situation calls for it) and the skills of the counsellor to listen to you, offering a unique environment free from finger pointing, and complete confidentiality helping you to realise what, when and how things went from bad to worse which may help you to a greater understanding.

In this scenario I did there was nothing I could have done to alter the outcome. It’s was time to stop shouldering the blame. …I did….


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