What is PBSP and How Can It Help with PTSD?

There are many different ways to approach healing PTSD, but one of the commonalities about many of these different approaches is that they focus on the not just the mind, but also the body. The Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) approach is yet another one of them that does this. PBSP was created by Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden, two people who were professional dancers. They noticed that when they asked their dancers to try to express their emotions through physical movements, the dancers felt much better and relieved afterward.

 

Maybe we just have to let all of our emotions out of our system after all. The mind and body are more closely related than most of us realize, and there are many different ways to get your emotions out. Some of us feel better after simply talking or writing them out. Others might get relief from going for a run, punching a bag, doing yoga, or dancing around a room.

 

Sometimes though, none of that is good enough, and you might actually need to act out the scenario that is bothering you. The theory behind this approach is that the reason your memories keep haunting you is that you were never able to see the result or end. So what PBSP does is gives you an outlet where you can reenact all the potential scenarios of that past memory in a group acting setting. This can hopefully allow you to make peace with your traumatic experience and be able to move on from it.

 

Dancing and acting might not be able to solve all of your problems, but it can be a good mood booster and a fun place to start.

Jasmine Headley – A Stressful Situation That Just Kept Getting Worse

Being a mother is hard work, and it can be especially difficult when you’re a single mother doing everything you can to provide for your child and give them everything they need to be healthy and happy. Sometimes working a full time job just isn’t enough to get by, and we have to rely on the city to give us a lift until we can get back on our feet. But we shouldn’t have to take a beating to get a little help. The government is supposed to be there to help the citizens, not cause more problems and give them trauma that will last forever. It is a mother’s right to be able to provide for and protect her child, and no one knows this better than Jazmine Headley.

 

The video of police trying to pry Headley’s son out of her hands has gone viral and has raised many questions. This video is yet another sign of evidence that our police force is failing in protecting its citizens, and actually only making situations worse. So what exactly was going on? How did all of this happen?

 

Recently, Jazmine Headley went to a public benefits office in Brooklyn to figure out why they had suddenly stopped paying for daycare services for her one year old boy. Jazmine needed to be able to put her son in daycare so that she could work and make enough money to feed both of them.

 

That was all she was trying to do. The waiting room was crowded with people, and there was no room to sit down anywhere. So as a last resort, Headley sat on the floor. What was just a simple heated argument over blocking a fire escape soon turned into much more when the police arrived.

 

Instead of de-escalating the situation, the police got physical, first grabbing her arm. There was no attempt from the police to talk her down or ask about the issue at hand. She fell to the ground and instead of allowing her to get up, they tried to pry her son out of her hands in a forceful manner so that they could immediately arrest her.

 

Guards had been trying to handle the situation on their own for about 40 minutes before the police arrived, but with the immense amount of stress that Headley was under already, it’s no wonder that she was so upset in the first place.

 

This event must have been traumatizing for Jazmine Headley, the bystanders, and especially the baby. And as we all scroll on our social media, seeing video footage of things like this happening all the time, we are reminded of how scary the world that we live in is. The police are supposed to be the ones that we call to for help. When fighting to make enough money to provide for our families isn’t stressful enough, we then have to fight with the government, and it makes it especially difficult for those that suffer from PTSD and other mental issues.

 

It’s Time to Speak up about Mental Illness – Kennedy’s “Don’t Deny Me” Campaign

If you suffer from PTSD or any other mental illness, you know how difficult it can be to get the care, treatment, and coverage that you need in order to get back on your feet. It’s no wonder that suicide rates are climbing higher and higher when people aren’t getting the proper treatments for mental health and substance abuse.

 

The rate of suicide has been steadily increasing for years, so much so that it has actually brought the average life expectancy down in the US – yet again. The life expectancy in 2017 was 78.6, where it was 78.7 the year before. The percentage of the country’s deaths by suicide increased from 1.6% to 1.7% between 2016 and 2017. If those aren’t drastic enough numbers for you, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 10% from 2016 to 2017, setting a new record with over 70,000 drug related deaths.

 

It’s hard enough dealing with an illness like PTSD, depression, or anxiety every single day, but it’s even harder when you feel that there is no hope because it’s hard to get the coverage that you need. These kinds of illnesses have been taken far less seriously than others like cancer and diabetes. Because of this, as far as mental health and addiction recovery go, we are in a complete crisis.

 

Luckily, Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has stepped up once again by launching the “Don’t Deny Me” campaign, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This act was created a decade ago to ensure equality and parity for mental health and addiction treatments, but many don’t know about this act, and those in law and healthcare can use this lack of knowledge to their advantage and still choose to deny you the care you need. We still have a long way to go if we are going to eliminate the suicide epidemic.

 

With the “Don’t Deny Me” campaign, Kennedy hopes to spread awareness of mental health and further share the knowledge that the Parity Act is there to help those that suffer. If you feel that you have been wrongfully denied treatment for a mental illness, then it’s time to step up. Many that suffer from addiction or mental illness feel that they are in this battle alone. But that is not the case, and Kennedy and everyone else involved in the “Don’t Deny Me” campaign wants you to know that. We can’t make any forward progress if we don’t come together as a community and stand up for ourselves and what’s right.

 

That’s what this new campaign is all about – working together to make positive changes in the healthcare community so that everyone can – and knows that they can – receive the proper treatment that they deserve.

 

Mental illness like PTSD, addiction, depression, and more are something that needs to be taken seriously once and for all. It can easily be bypassed by some, but don’t allow someone to deny you treatment if you are struggling. If we stand by each other, support each other, and work together as a community, we can finally make the difference that this world needs.

The Stress of Politics

In our daily lives, we face many stresses, and the kinds that we face are different for each individual. But there is one thing that seems to affect everyone – and that is politics. Even if you’re not a big fan of the news or what goes on between politicians, you can still be affected by major choices and decisions being made by the people that are in power – and that can cause a lot of anxiety.

 

We all know that there has been a lot of shady things happening within the White House. President Trump has been accused of doing all kinds of illegal things, and it has caused a lot of turmoil. Whether you are a fan of President Trump or not, knowing that the possibility of our president being impeached is on the table can take a real toll on our mental health. Losing a president this way could be devastating and cause quick changes that the general population might not be prepared for.

 

At the heart of the drama, we have Mueller leading an investigation on Trump for potentially having allowed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Many believe that Mueller should have an in-person interview with Trump to really get to the bottom of everything. If he were to do this, they could get real and direct answers, and might even be able to differentiate truth from lie, versus looking everywhere else for the possibility of finding a piece of the answer.

 

On the other side of it, Trump disagrees that an in-person conversation is the way to go with all of this, and he says that the Witch Hunt needs to end. President Trump has had a pretty high disapproval rate, and this could be another way for people to attack him. It’ll keep him on his toes and turn even more people against him regardless of the outcome, just for merely causing drama and exposure on the situation. Or maybe Trump claims it’s a witch hunt to get as many people off his back as he can. Could he actually be hiding things and just trying desperately to keep it all covered up for as long as possible?

 

There are so many questions and doubts being raised about our president right now. Impeachment is not something to be taken lightly, and even the simple thought of it can be pretty scary. The rest of America will have to wait to see what happens, as only time will reveal the truth.

 

Meanwhile, relax and know that everything will be sorted out and taken care of eventually. Don’t get too caught up in the politics – stay updated on what’s happening, but don’t let it get the best of you. Besides, there’s no use in getting stressed out over something that is out of our hands. Be sure to take care of yourself, especially if you struggle with PTSD or any other mental illnesses. Maybe chat with a friend, take a bubble bath, or practice meditation – whatever will do the trick in easing all your worries.