What is Addiction?
The word “addiction” is often used to refer to any behaviour that is out of control in some way. Because the term “addiction” is commonly used in such a vague way, one simple way of describing addiction is the presence of the 4 Cs:
Substance- alcohol or drug use can be hard to change. One thing that makes change so difficult is that the immediate effects of substance use tend to be positive. The person may feel good, have more confidence and forget about his or her problems. The problems caused by substance use might not be obvious for some time.
The person may come to rely on substances to bring short-term relief from difficult or painful feelings. The effects of substances can make problems seem less important, or make it easier to interact with others. The person may come to believe that he or she cannot function or make it through the day without drugs or alcohol. When the person uses substances to escape or change how he or she feels, using can become a habit, which can be hard to break.
Continued substance use, especially heavy use, can cause changes in the body and brain. A person who develops physical dependence and then stoppage in use may experience distressing symptoms of withdrawal.
DEPRESSION AND MENTAL ILLNESS
We all experience changes in our mood. Sometimes we feel energetic, full of ideas, or irritable, and other times we feel sad or down. But these moods usually don’t last long, and we can go about our daily lives. Depression and bipolar disorder are two mental illnesses that change the way people feel and make it hard for them to go about their daily routine.
Major depressive disorder — usually just called “depression” — is different than the “blues”. Someone experiencing depression is grappling with feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time. Almost every aspect of their life can be affected, including their emotions, physical health, relationships and work. For people with depression, it does not feel like there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” — there is just a long, dark tunnel.
Mental Illness in the workplace
Work is important to our well-being. In addition to the income it brings, it can be a big part of our identity, how we understand our skills, and a way to contribute to something bigger. However, a mental illness can have a big impact on the way we work.
Bringing a new baby into the family can be challenging at the best of times, both physically and emotionally. It is natural for new parents to experience mood swings, feeling joyful one minute and depressed the next. These feelings are sometimes known as the “baby blues,” and often go away soon after birth. However, some parents may experience a deep and ongoing depression that lasts much longer. This is called postpartum depression.
When someone has an eating disorder, their weight is the prime focus of their life. Their all-consuming preoccupation with calories, grams of fat, exercise and weight allows them to displace the painful emotions or situations that are at the heart of the problem and gives them a false sense of being in control.
Every day, we are surrounded by different messages from different sources that impact the way we feel about the way we look. For some, poor body image is a sign of a serious problem: an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not just about food. They are often a way to cope with difficult problems or regain a sense of control. They are complicated illnesses that affect a person’s sense of identity, worth, and self-esteem.
Infertility is when you cannot get pregnant after having unprotected, regular sex for six months to one year, depending on your age. Infertility can also refer to the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception, or to a female who cannot carry a pregnancy to full term.
Many cases of apparent infertility are treatable. Infertility may have a single cause in one of the partners, or it could be the result of a combination of factors.
Infertility can result from physical, spiritual or emotional reasons. Physical problems are created as a result of emotional or spiritual reasons. If things need healing / learning / resolving then our bodies will manifest physical issues in order to delay us further and show us we are heading away from the direction we need to go in.
Using energy work to remove the emotional, psychological, physical or energetic blockages , can help produce the positive result desired by the couple concerned.
Experts in the field suggest that a suicidal person is feeling so much pain that they can see no other option. They feel that they are a burden to others, and in desperation see death as a way to escape their overwhelming pain and anguish. The suicidal state of mind has been described as constricted, filled with a sense of self-hatred, rejection, and hopelessness.
Is someone you know thinking of suicide?
If you are concerned that someone you know may be thinking of suicide, you can help. Remember, as a helper, do not promise to do anything you do not want to do or that you cannot do. First of all, if the person is actively suicidal, get help immediately. Call your local crisis service or the police, or take the person to the emergency room of your local hospital. Do not leave the person alone. If the person has attempted suicide and needs medical attention, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number.
Suicide- It’s a difficult topic to bring up. However, when someone talks about suicide or brings up concern for a loved one, it’s important to take action and seek help quickly.
Energy healing helps in removal of trauma and blocks that prevent a person from experiencing the joys of life and gets overwhelmed with what most consider the ups and down of normal life.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER- PTSD
Many who are reading this will be just beginning to consider that some of their current difficulties are connected to past trauma and just starting to try and make some sense of it all.
Traumatic events and the impact of trauma can be looked at and conceptualized as being on a continuum:
Single event——-Prolonged Family Violence——Colonization/Historical——-War
Those who have fewer traumatic experiences and were able to address the impact of the event either at the time it occurred or sometime later, will be closer to the lower end of the continuum. As the frequency and duration of traumatic events increase, so do the negative impacts and symptoms. When children experience trauma and their caregivers address it shortly after it occurred, the likelihood of developing PTSD is lower.
Complex PTSD is at the far end of the continuum and is characterized by a history of severe, long-term trauma that usually includes exposure to caregivers who were cruel, inconsistent, exploitive, unresponsive or violent. People who have experienced trauma struggle with more chronic self-destructive behaviours like self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviours.
It is important to be aware that for some people they may experience numerous events on this continuum and therefore the impact of the events become more complex. For example an individual who has grown up in a family where there has been the experience of colonization might also have the experience of family violence. So in the situation where they experience a single event later on in life; the impact of this single event may be different than for someone who didn’t experience the context of family violence or colonization or war.
The effects of being traumatized are very individual, and people who have experienced trauma are impacted physically, emotionally, behaviorally, cognitively, spiritually, neurobiologically and relationally. You may experience aspects in each of these areas or only one or two.
There are moments in life when we find ourselves just plain mad. Something happens that seems unjust, or cruel, or unreasonable, and whatever it is has impacted us or someone we care about. The thing makes us angry, no question about it.
The question is, what do we do with that angry feeling? Is it possible to accept it in without causing damage?
Anger is a feeling of powerlessness. However, within your anger is a tremendous sense of power, purpose, passion and meaning because when you feel angry, it’s because you wanted to do something and you were blocked from doing it.
Anger serves a purpose to release deeper issues, problems and internal conflict. It’s a pressure release valve. Since from the body’s perspective: it’s better to release anger than to turn it around to destroy oneself.
However, anger is not very efficient and it’s the last step/tool in a person’s automatic release options. Suppressing anger is self- destructive, as the negative energy redirects directly into your body. Anger is a path of destruction. Anger’s purpose is to destroy problems.
People usually think of emotions as good or bad and they think that anger is a bad emotion, that you shouldn’t have it. That if somehow you feel angry, then you are not a nice person, or you’re not a spiritual person. From my vantage point, it is a rather good emotion because if you analyze the frequency of anger, it is an emotion that churns. It is trying to get you off your duff to do something about the situation.
The truth is that no emotion is negative unless we refuse to feel it. That’s when it becomes destructive. We are only required to feel our emotions and release them. Even the most beautiful emotion of love will become destructive if it’s blocked and not actually felt.
So, anger is what it is, and if you judge yourself for feeling angry, then you are going to think that anger is bad. We like to feel the so-called positive emotions and take credit for the realities that they create. But what happens when you refuse to feel and release the so-called negative emotions like anger because you are afraid it’s going to be painful? Well it’s your emotion and you created it, so where is it going to go? If you don’t feel it and release it, you will either stuff it in your physical body, or into your extended body called your reality.
So when you swallow your anger, or stuff it down because you want to be a nice person and you don’t want to show it, over time your body might respond with symptoms of pain and inflammation as it is trying to say to you that it is not able to put up with the anger that has gotten stashed in it.