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Antidote for Mean Politics, Bad Manners, Sleazy Headlines

11 Sep

Hello again.  

Well, fall is here – an exquisite time to be in New England by the ocean.  The sunlight is dazzling, and the water turns gorgeous shades of blue and silver.  Leafy forest roads are dappled with innumerable shades of green, and some of the perfectly defined leaves are so shiny, they look silver too.  

Visiting friends from dryer climes have been noting how  happy their skin is with the soft, moist, balmy air.  It’s a drop-dead beautiful time to be here, no question.  But I’m also thinking a lot about our sun-parched friends in the southwest and our waterlogged neighbors in the upper northeast, and wishing everyone rapid relief and recovery from such destructive extremes from nature.  

Hey, for those of you getting dispirited by mean politics, bad manners, sleazy headlines, small minded thinking, congested traffic and uncivil encounters - all the things that contribute to our despair over the human condition – click on this miraculous video, and if your reaction is anything like mine, it will lift your spirits and give you hope for human potential after all.  A friend sent it to me and it’s been knocking my socks off ever since.

On our Q and A page, someone asks a great question that sooner or later every experienced therapist ponders: Why do some people get posttraumatic stress and others not?  The same horrific event(s) can produce any number of reactions.  So I offer some insights, based on the epidemiology and clinical research – it’s a complex algorithm, people!  No easy answers.  

We also heard this week from someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who was already on medication, and who reported that adding guided imagery to the Ativan and Zoloft combo she was taking is what made the difference in getting relief for her symptoms – put her over the hump.  We all were of course delighted to hear this – we don’t get so much feedback from people suffering from this condition, and we welcome more - pro, con or neutral.  

A review of the research on mind-body interventions for anxiety during pregnancy yielded too few studies, but the preponderance by far was with guided imagery as the intervention, and in spite of methodological weaknesses, the data are promising.

OK, take care and be well.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award