Suicidal ideation is when someone has thoughts about suicide. These thoughts may include a detailed plan but they have no intention of following through. Although most people who have suicidal ideation do not commit suicide, some go on to make suicide attempts. The range of suicidal ideation varies greatly. Ask the person on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being life isn’t worth living, where they place themselves now. Where did they place themselves yesterday or last week. Ask what has prompted this feeling; don\’t be afraid or tip toe around the issue. Ask them if they can wait 24 hours. In most cases the person is asking for help and letting others know the seriousness and depth of their sadness or depression. Provide the person with the local crisis line phone number, suggest counselling, check to see if they feel they need to go to emergency and be seen by a mental health practitioner. Don’t allow them to isolate at this point. Make sure they can be checked on throughout the day and especially during the night. Do NOT tell someone they are being silly or put them down. They are in real pain at this moment. Listen to them and let them know that they have been heard. Get help immediately for them and for yourself.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on changing your negative thinking which determines your mood, and if you change your thinking, you will change your behaviour which changes your experience.

The most common types of negative thinking are all-or-nothing thinking and disqualifying the positives. If you think that things have to be perfect and anything less than perfect is a failure, you’re setting yourself up. If you focus on the few negatives in your life and disqualify the many positives, you’re more prone to anxiety, depression, and addiction. Cognitive therapy helps you identify your negative thinking and replace it with healthier thinking.

When you are not reacting out of fear or resentment, you will have a healthier mind=life.

 

DEPRESSION is a clinical term used for long term down feelings. Depression affects your mind, body, spirit, eating habits, ability to sleep, your interactions with others. This is not a short term or temporary feeling. If you are feeling that you might have depression, it is imperative that you seek out your local physician and be tested for imbalances. Seek out a mental health clinician who can give you strategies for coping, as well as designing a plan on what the core issues are.

 

What is anxiety? Fear, apprehension, nervousness , worry about real or imagined occurrences. How do we treat anxiety? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown in studies to greatly reduce the effects of anxiety. Treatment modalities also include stress reduction techniques as people with anxiety present with varying levels of stress. Some of these are breathing techniques, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), and Thought Stopping. Teaching coping skills is an essential part of the overall plan. Providing objective feedback is also helpful with anxiety.

Affects many families. The family dynamic shifts when one person is suffering from a chronic illness. The rest of the family are just as affected as the person who is ill. 

It is completely normal for the care givers to feel angry, used, tired, sick, jealous, and worn out.

There are many strategies for the person who is living with a chronic illness. First and foremost it is for the person to learn as much as they can about their illness. Once you know what you are dealing with then you can be a great part of your care plan. Share your knowledge and feelings with your family.

 

Offers treatment for the following trauma, simple and complex; anger and resentment; guilt; addictive urges; simple phobias; fears and anxiety; stress; rage; obsession; depression; physical pain; panic and anxiety attacks; and jet lag. The treatment is based on the body’s energy system which is composed of meridians through which (the chi) energy flows. By using an algorithm treatment, the client taps on various acupressure points until there are no more negative affects connected to the thought or the problem. The procedure takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes in total. The client can focus on the trauma rather than on the emotion they associate with the trauma.  It is easy to learn and use so clients will be able to use this technique on their own.