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Re: Preaching to the choir sister! Nathan_Arizona

Posted by LlurpsieNoodle on July 4, 2007, at 10:36:52

In reply to Preaching to the choir sister!, posted by Nathan_Arizona on July 4, 2007, at 9:58:04

> I hear ya!
> It's soooooooooo not fair that you just can't go to a friggin' movie. I mean, I am sure that your rational mind says "it's just a movie", but when those senses are overwhelmed with sound and flashes in the dark then it's like "Screw the rational mind!
> However, try not to be so hard on yourself. It's all a part of the condition and it sucks right now, but that's just how it is.

being hard on myself is also part of the condition (ugh)

> I'm afraid of the mail - yes the mail and I get the same symptoms as you whenever I check it.
> I will say that what helped me a lot with the dissociation is to put a piece of ice in my mouth and just leave it there. it switches my focus to the ice and helps me to snap back into the present.
> Take care

What helped me with the mail was my T telling me that much of our adult life is spent cleaning up, and that opening mail is part of that. Make a special time and place, and contain it so that mail-stress doesn't "infect" the rest of the day. (right...) But it helped me with bedtime and eating, so maybe it can help you with mail-anxiety.

Ice is a good idea. I might try a variant of that-if I finally decide to venture out of the house without my husband in tow (i.e. to meet the neighbors) I could have my travel mug of tea with me. tea is a good sensory experience for me to connect with here and now. it's hot, and I like it without sugar so that it's kind of pungent and often bitter. all kinds of strange herbal concoctions. Or I can bring my ipod and promise to listen to a whole symphony (Hadyn, not Mahler!)

This is good, now I'm thinking about ways to get over this stuff. having a plan helps a lot. Thanks NA





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