MANY TIMES WHEN ADULTS HAVE HAD DIFFICULT CHILDHOODS (trauma, basic needs not met, familial instability, abandonment, abuse, fear, confusion, personal illness or family members’ illnesses) THE STABLE AND SECURE FOUNDATIONS WHICH SHOULD HAVE DEVELOPED, NEVER FORMED. THESE HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS ARE IMPERATIVE IN ALLOWING YOUNGSTERS TO EVENTUALLY LEAVE THE NEST, EXPLORE, QUESTION, EXPERIMENT, FAIL, LEARN, AND STILL BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO LOVE, KINDNESS, APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCES, REASONABLE BOUNDARIES, AND ACCEPTANCE. THESE ACTIONS AND RESPONSES ARE NEEDED IN ORDER TO HELP CHILDREN, WHO ARE NOW ADULTS, TO FORM A HEALTHY SENSE OF SELF AND TO BE ABLE TO HEALTHFULLY SELF REGULATE.

Charles Tadros, M.D. March 6, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

SO MUCH OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS A REACTION TO, OR A RESPONSE TO (an answer to?), NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES IN OUR LIVES. THIS MENTAL ILLNESS, A FORM OF DYSFUNCTION, WAS NEEDED/ CREATED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, AND MAKE SENSE OF THOSE NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES.

If you are reading this blog, then you are a survivor. You are still here. The mental illness, this dysfunction, has allowed you to get to the, “here and now”, but no longer serves its purpose of helping you survive, helping you make sense of a previously difficult condition or terrible situation. This mental illnessContinue reading “SO MUCH OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS A REACTION TO, OR A RESPONSE TO (an answer to?), NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES IN OUR LIVES. THIS MENTAL ILLNESS, A FORM OF DYSFUNCTION, WAS NEEDED/ CREATED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, AND MAKE SENSE OF THOSE NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES.”

Your insomnia, sadness, anxiety, traumatized feelings and substance abuse are, in large part, a response to your thinking and believing that there is something wrong with you or that something went terribly wrong in your past.

Sometimes, suffering and incapacity are due to a disease or diseases. Often, suffering and incapacity are due to our minds and our bodies RESPONDING ( ie an immediate, but dysfunctional, tactic to survive) to diseases and traumas. Later in life, this tactic, this dysfunction, no longer serves the original purpose of helping us survive aContinue reading “Your insomnia, sadness, anxiety, traumatized feelings and substance abuse are, in large part, a response to your thinking and believing that there is something wrong with you or that something went terribly wrong in your past.”

SURVIVAL STRATEGY

In times of duress, your mind seeks out ways to survive. Even if these strategies are primarily useful in the short-term, they are unhelpful for the long-term, and are inherently dysfunctional. When you are ready, therapy is useful with helping unpack, name, reorganize and reconsolidate your experiences. Charles Tadros, M.D. April 12, 2021 Saint Louis,Continue reading “SURVIVAL STRATEGY”

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