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Managing Age States

Posted by daisym on January 12, 2005, at 19:47:48

I'm curious how others manage a raging, non-primary, age state. If one of the younger parts is up and out, and upset or angry or whatever, how do you get this part to calm down enough to leave a therapy session? Or not interfere with your work?

Typically I haven't found this difficult. But today little daisy was so strong, and upset, "she" (us, we, da*n, I hate that...) walked out on a case conference this morning. It was about a shaken baby, they don't know who did it, the family situation is bad: mom was raped by her father, etc. The worse part for me was that the social workers talked about mom needing to "get over it" and be a better parent, and they were so impersonal, like she was a number or something. And then I went to therapy and little daisy stayed out...way hysterically out. All the way up to the end. I couldn't get her to go back in or push her down. In fact when I got in my car, for a minute I thought, "I don't know how to drive." After a few more sobs and few deep breaths I did get myself home. This worries me.

Any suggestions?

(My therapist just kept saying, "take your time. I'll be here tomorrow. There's no rush to leave. It's OK." Which of course made her want to stay!)




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