I'm truly saddened by the number of people who truly have no idea what to do when they are sad. It's really simple..
And I cry.
I don't know where I originally saw this or who said it. If you know, please enlighten me so I can give them proper credit. Whoever said it, I think it is truly beautiful.
"But I don't want to be weak", he said.
Survivors of trauma, especially childhood abuse, often use numbing as a technique for dealing with strong or painful emotions.
It seems most Americans like to think of themselves as thinking beings who happen to feel. But research into the human brain shows that we are instead feeling beings who are able to think. I believe our failure to recognize this causes untold frustration and the current epidemic of people being diagnosed with depression.
My video collection is inexplicable, unless you understand its purpose. The only movies I actually purchase to keep are those which are safe and make me laugh. I know no one dies, there is no violence, no animals are killed or harmed in the viewing of this movie and it makes me laugh.
Once again I watched as an 8 year boy (with a 10 year old sister and a 6 year old brother) was told he was now "the man of the house" and "you have to look out for your mom, brother and sister now". His father and mother have divorced and this advice was coming for a seemingly well-intentioned adult, but it made my hair curl. Why?
She's about to come out of her skin. She attributes this to her period and/or her psychiatric medications. She says that she doesn't know what is wrong, but she just feels like crying. Some days, counseling is not rocket science. It's just reallllly simple. "So cry!" I tell her. If you feel like crying, cry. It really is that simple.
This article is a response to a question posted on Intent.com, "How do We Help the Helpless?" Since I work with homeless families in a homeless shelter everyday, this question raised strong emotions for me. The word "helpless" hit me right between the eyes. Why?