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4B Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter -Mountain Physical Therapy Joaquin A. (Butch) Vargas, PT MTC MS Offering: Industrial Physical Therapy Sports Physical Therapy General Rehabilitation Manual Therapy Outpatient Orthopedics 39 Years Experience! Call for an appointment todny! Tues. & Thurs. 9am-4pm 20 Crescent St., Quincy Be Healthier. Longer and Look Better! PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, M.P.T. "We Get Results" Orthopedic, Sports, Pediatric & Aquatic Therapy Home Health General & Cardiac Rehabilitation Most Insurances Accepted QUINCY GRAEAGLE 78 Central Ave., #2 8989 Hwy. 89, Bldg. 36 #1 530-283-2202 530-836-1178 530-283-2204 (FAX) Family Dentistry All phases of General Dentistry including Orthodontics Crowns & Bridges Partials/Dentures Extractions Cosmetic Dentistry Bleaching Periodontics Root Canals Dental implants to anchor loose dentures or replace missing teeth Now Accepting New Patients 181 S. Gulling St., Por ola 530-832-4461 Fax 530-832-4409 _ David Schaffer, LCSW k\ Los 18550 =" 5661 Chandler Rd. Quincy, Ca 95971 oe0ooo~@eeoo~o~ooooooo ooooooo~oooooo noon Psychotherapy Trauma Work Individuals Couples Families, Vets Solution-Focused Approach 25 years experience Emily So Luseri, DDS New patients, children & emergencies welcome (530) 283-1119 call today for a consultation 431 W. Main Street, Quincy Here's something to think about. What does it mean to have mental health? Is it the same as physical health? When we feel sick or break a leg we look to the medical field for medicine, for a cast. They explore our complaint with X-rays and more and more sophisticated technologies. They look for the cause, often not finding one, then treat the symptoms. Is this how we deal with psychological pain? Usually it is, yet psychological and emotional complaints seem more elusive. Most humans are hurting in one way or another. At one time or another, we all suffer psychological discomfort. The psychology field names these states of mind: depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bi-polar, grief, PTSD, etc., in an attempt to understand and for treatment. Yet, psychological symptoms don't seem to fit so neatly in these labels. Take suicide. There is no psychological diagnosis for suicide; it defies labels and logic. But suicidal thoughts and behaviors are perhaps the most extreme expression of psychological pain. Once I was working with a teenager t whom, after telling me all her reasons to die, I said: "It sounds like you want to your pain and not y0urself." She said, yes, that's it, and after a conversation of good reasons to live, she calmed and went on with her young life. Take trauma. This word is used a lot in the everyday world these days. What does it mean? Trauma is a medical term describing the physical damage caused by something impacting tissue, like in an automobile. accident. Traumatic is defined as "caused by or causing trauma." PTSD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, became a diagnosis in 1980 to describe what had happened, and was happening still, to Vietnam War veterans. It's the only diagnosis in the psychiatric bible, now the DSM-5, that is caused by an event. To have PTSD (which now has been applied to a myriad of events besides war, like rape, child abuse, natural disasters, etc.) something must come from the outside that impacts you. The "stress" of the event has damaged the brain, so to speak, left its mark, and the symptoms are what a person is feeling and thinking inside thereafter, or avoiding because the memories, the thoughts and feelings, are too painful. Please forgive this simplification; I in no way want to dishonor or diminish the pain a person feels after terrible events. I simply want to point out, all psychological jargon put aside, it's all about thoughts and feelings, and whether you try to avoid them or they overwhelm you. And the most glaring culprit is fear. Today it's more often called anxiety, but fear has been around as long as humans have been around. It wears many faces: guilt, hate, blame and shame, anger and rage, and depression, to name a few. I've read that the origin of the word fear is danger. Where there is danger, the "fight or flight" (and now freeze) response of the primal brain kicks in, and we react instinctively and pump up the muscles with blood and put out the adrenaline, to survive the threat. The threatening event over, what's left? Fear - when we think about what happened, or what might have happened, and the other feelings fear generates. Consider the near miss automobile accident. In the moment, you do what you need to do to avoid disaster. Right? Only later when you thought about the "what ifs" did you feel a chill run up your spine. And how much worse the memories if the terrible did happen. "So what's the point?" (As a veteran I knew would say out loud after his long-winded story.) Perhaps that it is "normal" to suffer, to feel fear and all the psychological afflictions and. to avoid the pain with drugs and alcohol, or the array of entertainments our society offers, in an attempt to run away from ourselves. We are all "bozos on the same bus." Then the question naturally follows, "what do you want to do about it?" I suggest, seek out someone you can trust, who will listen, who hopefully will ask some good questions; a friend, a loved one, a religious counselor, a therapist, whomever, and have a conversation. Not dealing with the pain only makes it grow stronger. It's an extraordinary truism, when you do something different, life changes. David Schaffer, LCSW Your Gregory Sawyer, DDS .... and arms and legs and feet and neck Family Dentistry, Orthodontics " & Certified invisalign Provider Now accepting new patients in our Portola and Loyalton Offices (530) 283-2811 2034 East Main Street MARTIN L. 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