Rapid Relief from
Emotional Distress Series

Pharmacological World

Introduction to Psychological therapy in a Pharmacological world:

The physical world runs on different principles than does the psychological world. We actually know this; it is one of those items we encounter everyday but do not really see.

Some people practice acceptance and thereby get good at it, while others unfortunately do not; the latter are often the alking wounded.

One of the language issues is related to the failure of people to inderstand and accept that we have a language with many dual meanings. Without a proper understanding of this duality, many mistakes are made that could be avoided.

I don't recall anyone ever saying to me that there are a lot of problems caused by people taking what they have learned in the physical world and attempting to apply it to the psychological world.

Avoided experiences are tagged dangerous, until proven not dangerous by our actions, leaving us with a negative feeling, or sense of fear, or anxiety; the feeling emerges again and again in the person's mind, whenever there is a trigger for it to do so.

I find that many so-called treatment refractory patients are refractory because they are on the wrong type of medication, pr even worse, many should not be on medicine at all.

What I have found to help me determine if a person has a depression that is not biological is wether I can place them as still being immersed in a Blame System of functioning (BS/SIT)*.

Unhealthy dependency has to do with needing others to provide for us what we should provide for ourselves. Healthy dependency allows us to go to sleep in the same bed with another person and not fear for our life, or well being, and it allows us to get help when we need it.

Depression is different from need. Problems of mood that are a product of need generally do not respond well to an antidepressant.

In children this intrinsic, self organizing, belief system, "Others are responsible for my thoughts, feelings and actions and I am responsible for others thoughts, feelings and actions (SIT)," defines their behavior.

By 12.5 years enough of the 100 billion cells have made their 100 trillion connections so that children have the neurological development necessary to allow them to move out of this early belief system.

The dictionary definition of responsibilty keeps people confused. For many people responsibilty means being blamed or being in trouble.  This meaning of responsibility creates a sense of burden that people try to avoid.

Accountabilty is first of all a convention. By this I mean that it is made up.

Accurate speech is necessary for accurate thinking, which is necessary to develop accuratebeliefs, which are necessary to obtain good mental health.There is a rule that states: If you say it, you will believe it; if you believe it, you will end up acting as if it is true.

Children confuse cause and effect and sequential ordering of events as I have said before. Because of this confusion and their inability to properly categorize events, a language is born that supports error.

I prefer the concept of not creating the mess in the first place. When you do that you save the energy spent in creating the mess, the energy spent in dealing with the problems the mess creates, and the energy necessary to try and get out of the mess.

My empathy is toward not feeling pain. When someone tells me they are in pain, regardless of the etiology, I ask if they would like to know how to get out of the pain.

Psychological pain is directly related to need.  The stronger the need is to alter, or change, the more psychological pain one experiences. I teach that guilt is the body feeling that comes when we are unwilling to pay the price related to the decisions we make.

Change and control are concepts related to physical world events. They are concepts that are useful when discussing physical events, but they prevent solutions from happening timely in the psychological area.  

Biological psychiatry, as it is being promoted today, poses the greatest danger to psychiatry's future vitality of any of the forces working against it, including Scientology.

Biological psychiatry is really not the opposite of Freudian Psychology, any more than independence is opposite to dependence, because both of these disciplines ground therapists and doctors in the physical world in their approach.

In medicine as a whole, a central criticism is that an emphasis is placed on treatment rather than on prevention. Teachers have an opportunity to prevent staggering personal problems with almost no additional cost to society.

If I were allowed to give one observation that I consider to be at the heart of most non-biological "psychiatric" problems, it would be people's
failure to recognize the need for a distinct boundary between them and the external world in their thinking.

Studies of drug and alcohol dependent people show that they are more "field dependent" than individual who do not have these issues. As I read the condition of field dependence, it means that one allows what is going on in the external world to affect them more than it does in those without these dependencies.

A question in psychotherapy has to do with whether children actually experience depression in the same way that adults do, and if so what are the psychotherapy approaches that might work. In the model I have proposed, I am suggesting that children have one Cardinal belief system, that the belief system is incorrect, and that it does not appear likely that the belief will be given up much before the age of twelve and a half.

With all of the focus that suicide has gotten over the past several decades we have not improved the satistics regarding death by suicide. The years 04 and 05 chowed a spike in teenage suicide, and overall suicide rates increased across the word from 5-52% in the last 20 years. Why are we not seeing our efforts produce some results?

I will point out how the approach in this book is different from Beck's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how it is similiar.

If in five to fifteen minutes I can ask a patient if they would like me to help them get rid of their psychological pain, and I teach them what they can do to get rid of it, and many of them do it and the pain goes away, how can one struggle for 2-3 years trying to find a way out of their pain.

A common mistake made by therapists and patients is that there must be change for people to get rid of the products of the blame system. This is not accurate. In fact it is contra-productive. It causes people to try and make a difference while they stay in blame.

Given that the bipolar criterion starts off with a universal symptom of irritable mood it only takes a 20% error in appraisal, or bias, to misdiagnose these children.

Unlike current wisdom promotes, I do not treat the mood disorder first ( medically); I treat the attention issues first. Again, in my practice, the result is that I help about 80% of the kids, and adults, I see who also have mood issues with what I consider very safe medications, and I only have to treat the remaining 15-20% who show little or no response to the ADHD treatment with "mood stabilizers" or "novel antipsychotics," or for that matter, even with antidepressants.

The studies suggesting anger, or aggression, are common components of psychiatric illness, is like blaming the forest for malaria. I would again encourage looking at anger as being caused by blaming, not by ADHD or pther co-morbidities.

One of the problems with the way therapy has been taught in the past (In the present, I am not certainit is even being taught) is that problems are seen in an individual way. When this is done it opens the door to therapy interminable.

When initiating therapy it is useful to address inaccurate speech immediately in a session. When people begin a session using a lot of blame language my initial intervention is to suggest to them that we need to consider language as behavior, so we need to look at their patterns of speech and see if we can adjust it to be as accurate as possible.

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