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HIGH ANXIETY

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Once taboo, people now talk openly about their therapy, about getting help, etc. They even go on national TV to be blamed and shamed, the host handing them a monogrammed handkerchief to wipe their mascara-smeared tears away as they expose their innermost secrets for open consumption as people boo and clap and nod sympathetically. It’s like a modern Colosseum of anxiety.

Sadly, a lot of what we think of as psychotherapy or therapy is derived from what we’ve been given on TV, at the movies, or in books, etc. While it can be vastly entertaining, it’s mostly outdated or riddled with myths and half-truths or worse.

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The Sopranos     In Treatment     Frasier      Soap

Beyond Therapy    Couples Retreat    M*A*S*H

What About Bob? (Baby Steps)   Nuts

Mad Men     Dr. Phil     Don Juan DeMarco

Beautiful Dreamers    Equuus   Frances

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest    Monk 

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The Sessions     The Sixth Sense     Numb  

 Lost Angels    Sucker Punch    Anger Management 

    Analyze This    Analyze That    K-Pax

     Awakenings     Panic    Oz     Go On

Silence of the Lambs    Web Therapy 

 Ordinary People    An Unmarried Woman  

Charlie Brown    A Dangerous Method    Mumford

1thera3Arrested Development    High Anxiety    Good Will Hunting 

I Dream of Jeannie     Precious

The Prince of Tides    Austin Powers     Girl Interrupted

Sex lies and videotape    Hope Springs

The Bob Newhart Show and so many more…

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Perhaps entertaining, but fictional.

We know real hospitals aren’t like on Grey’s Anatomy, House, Scrubs, Doogie Howser or ER.

Being in the White House isn’t like West Wing or VEEP; although it would be cooler.

Crime isn’t solved as easily or neatly as on Elementary, CSI, Law & Order or well, any crime drama, ever.

Layout 1So why would we think therapy is like what we see on TV? These aren’t documentaries.

I’m pleased more books such as, Therapy Breakthrough: Why Some Psychotherapies Work Better Than Others by Michael R. Edelstein, PH.D., Richard K. Kujoth, ED.D, and David Ramsay Steele, PH.D. (Open Court) are being published.

Don’t let the long title fool you, this book is actually an easy read.  This makes a strong pitch for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with practical examples, science-based information that is productive, interesting, comprehensive, as well as humorous.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and gasp, maybe learned something. Insert dramatic music here.

This book explains so well the differences between older and newer therapies and more importantly, why one works better than the other.

Therapy isn’t a sign of weakness or insanity. There’s no disgrace in wanting your life to be better and asking for help.  In this mixed-up, overwhelming world is it any wonder there are whole self-help sections in book stores. But remember, find out what feels comfortable for you.

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Therapy’s not passive, or rambling on and on and on about your problems, childhood or traumas, or all happy thoughts nor is it a confrontation blame and shame game. Those tricks are just to pander to an audience, get ratings, get money from advertisers, sell books, merchandise, etc.

Therapy shouldn’t be about big business, keeping people in business, or funny business. It should always be about what’s the best interests of the person who needs help.

If done properly therapy is simply another resource to help you do the work.

Tonight I think I’ll  probably enjoy my favourite form of therapy which usually involves books, TV, or movies…maybe High Anxiety?

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8 thoughts on “HIGH ANXIETY

  1. HIGH ANXIETY
    It’s so true people now talk about their therapy…It can be a good thing….but I have
    a friend who talks to me every day about the things going wrong with her life. I was
    a psychiatric nurse once, so keeping my mind open for positive and negative things are
    one of the things that I experienced.
    All the shows talked about high anxiety are so real to all of us. The Sopranos, What
    about Bob? Monk are all shows that most of us really like… It might be because it helps us understand high anxiety.

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  2. I dislike those programmes and just can’t watch. They feel so embarrassing and depressing. I never understand how anyone can do that.
    CBT and NLP are kind of similar and I think both are effective in changing thought processes and perceptions. Must look out for that book. I enjoy those that are accessible and don’t dwell too deeply on aspects that are beyond me. 😉 x

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  3. I applaud those people that come forward and talk about their struggle with anxiety I think that it takes a lot of courage to do that. I also agree that sometimes when they go to those tv shows instead of being an inspiration to other people dealing with the same issues they become more of a circus attraction, which is sad because I feel that their intention for going to those shows is just to tell their story. I’m also dealing with my anxiety and it’s very rare that I meet or learn about someone that is going through the same way I am, so whenever I do it makes me good, I’ve read a couple of blogs of people also dealing with anxiety and I was able to relate and get inspired but them unfortunately I haven’t felt that way with people that go on those tv shows.

    – Abby

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    1. I’m guessing they’re lured to those shows by the promise of free help, but I doubt it actually helps. It seems wrong to take advantage of people’s suffering that way. Thank you so much for dropping by Abby and for sharing your thoughts today. Much appreciated. 🙂

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