These occasional posts will showcase a variety of articles which have caught my interest.

NZ Content – Christchurch, New Zealand recently had another bad aftershock, following on from the destructive earthquakes a few years back. Moata Tamaira (@MoataTamaira) explains why we need to be talking about the ongoing mental impacts of this:

It manifests in less dramatic, more ordinary ways too. People who avoid going into multi-level buildings. People who even now will only park on the roofs of parking buildings, never the lower levels. People who still feel uneasy in movie theatres. People who self-medicate with alcohol or other calming substances. People who get nervy about the idea of walking over the Bridge of Remembrance again, even though it’s been fully repaired and earthquake strengthened. Panic attacks. Getting headaches more often than you used to. Anxiety. Insomnia. Click to read more

A particular societal issue is the use of mental illness terms to refer to something that isn’t a mental illness. Hannah Ewens (@hannahrosewens) writes about why we should stop casually throwing around such language:

If you exaggerate this concept, it begins to look ridiculous. You’d never use a physical illness like cancer as a negative throwaway term to mean lazy or weak. However, because mental illness is invisible to most, it enables this slip of language to happen. Click to read more

I am one of many therapists who happen to also be into kink. What’s the benefit for clients? Alice Sanders (@wernerspenguin) explains:

When a shrink come out as kinky, it’s not just to assure their clients that they won’t have a bad experience in therapy, but to show they can have a positive one. Click to read more

How do you feel about crying? Sarah Jane Coffey (@savvysarahjane) ponders the perceived unprofessionalism of it, and shares how she grew to accept her emotional reactions:

Crying is a signal fire from the soul. I am human. Crying is an invitation. Share in my humanity. Crying is an opening. Be in the presence of my true self. Crying is the body’s most natural release valve. It is a release or transference of energy in physical form. A miracle of humanity. Click to read more

There are days when you simply don’t want anyone to try to cheer you up. How do you know whether to do so? Kate McCombs (@katecom) has some good ideas:

He’d experienced that, too — times when attempts to be “cheered up” just landed as fixes rather than empathy. When you’re still exploring how you actually feel about something, being cheered up can feel like fixing something when you don’t know what’s broken — confusing and unhelpful. We both could think of times when we actually wanted to be cheered up. These were times when we were clear on how we felt, but wanted a break from those crappy feelings or wanted some reassurance that we were OK. Click to read more

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