More and more veterans are returning home suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A record number of students and others are committing suicide after suffering from the trauma of being bullied. And just today in Nevada there was another school shooting killing math teacher, Mike Lansberry, a Marine and member of the Nevada National Guard and veteran of two tours in Afghanistan. Also, two boys were wounded, one shot in the shoulder and one shot in the stomach. According to CNN the teen shooter committed suicide after shooting the others. The reason for the shootings may have been bullying.
The families, students, victims and everyone watching, reading and hearing about these disturbing events on television, radio, internet, twitter, facebook and other forms of communication will need help processing and dealing with these horrific tragedies. We are now open to 24 hours of depression, fear, distress and trauma through our nonstop media sources. Here are ten therapeutic ways of helping when needed you decide what fits your needs.
The idea of therapies may date back to the beginning of time. Hypnotism was one form of therapy developed by Franz Anton Mesmer in the 1800s. The individual is so highly focused and able to explore painful memories and look at them differently with the help of the therapist. Water therapies such as hydrotherapy are used in physical therapy and occupational therapy to help with pain. Deep brain stimulation is sometimes used for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Talking therapy coined by Josef Breuer encompassed the idea that the more you talk about a problem the less the problem becomes. Psychoanalysis developed by Sigmund Freud believed personality was determined by conditions and events beyond personal control of the individual. There is a cause behind every human thought, feeling or action. There are no accidents. Client or Person Centered Therapy by Carl Rogers focuses on the client developing a sense of self and a positive regard for others. It includes empathy and active listening. Encounter groups are where members freely express their feelings and respond to emotions of others. Confrontation and physical contact may be used to increase sensitivity. T-groups or training therapy groups is where participants learn about themselves, in a group setting of about fifteen people, through feedback, problem solving and role-play. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Edward Thorndike being one of the main contributors focuses on a problem and helps the individual to understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behavior particularly negative behaviors. Thought Field Therapy developed by Roger Callahan is a rapid self-help technique for the treatment of traumas, phobias and painful aftereffects of distressing experiences. Negative emotions and thoughts are centered in a thought field and self-tapping on meridian points are used to remove mental and physical difficulties. Operant Conditioning developed by B.F. Skinner focuses on reinforcement and punishment with regard to encouraging positive behaviors and punishment to discourage negative behaviors.
These are just ten therapeutic ways of helping, ranging from self-help techniques that work instantly to more drawn out sessions that may take a greater period of time. Review and take advantage of the many ways of helping and dealing with modern day-to-day stress. In seeking therapies be sure to review them with your primary care giver.