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How Psychophysiological Malfunctions Impact Your Quality of Life

A psychophysiological Malfunction that interferes with your quality of life and emotional well-being was once called a neurosis. Neurosis was the term used to describe abnormal psychological processes. Our Malfunctions are not abnormal but part of everyday life. Due to its medical starkness, neurosis implied something off-putting or dangerous. The words are ostracizing. Many who have a psychophysiological Malfunction cannot admit to it nor seek help because of the perceived shame implied by the phrase, mental illness.  

Neurosisis no longer used as a diagnosis. Neuroses are now diagnosed as depressive or anxiety disorders. They are psychophysiological Malfunctions involving symptoms of stress evidenced by depression, anxiety, or obsessive behavior. We will just call them Malfunctions.

75 million adults and adolescents have diagnosable anxiety and depression. More than half of go without treatment. 2.2 million are impacted by OCD. Millions of us have issues of self-esteem or lack motivation. Sometimes it is difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

The number of adolescents with depression and anxiety has doubled in the last decade. They are a primary cause of the 56% increase in adolescent suicide. The LGBTQ community is 1.5 to 2.5 times as susceptible to social anxiety disorder than that of their straight or gender-conforming counterparts. The numbers ae staggering.

For many of us, these debilitating and chromic issues wreak havoc on our daily lives They attack all fronts, negatively affecting the entire body complex. We are subject to mental confusion, emotional instability, physical dysfunction, and spiritual malaise.

Why are we subject to these Malfunctions? Where did they originate? Our Malfunction could have been caused by any number of things that might have happened to us in our lifetime. The odds are we were infected during our childhood or adolescence. It may or may not have been a significant event that caused it; you probably do not remember it.

It could be hereditary, environmental, or the result of some traumatic experience. Some might cite emotional distress as the cause; another attribute it to being bullied; a third to over permissive parenting. Generally, it infects during times of emotional crisis or when life offers more than we think we can handle.

We may be depressed for long periods, have panic attacks, be compulsive or unmotivated. We may be self-abusing with food, alcohol, or pharmaceuticals. We may feel incompetent or worthless. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, and other Malfunctions subsist by our emotional reactions to events, situations, and circumstance. They are best addressed by the client who understands her or his Malfunction and recognizes the power to heal comes from within. 

This BLOG will provide the blueprint; you construct the edifice. This is not counseling; this is a practicum. In counseling we are dependent upon another for relief. A practicum teaches you how to heal yourself. 

The first priority in recovery from your malfunction is recognizing the only higher power you need already resides within you.

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Right now, your Malfunction is in control of your life. That is unnatural; that is not your inheritance. Reverse the process. This BLOG is dedicated solely into teaching you how to take control of your Malfunctions and live a more healthy, productive, and satisfying life.

May 18, 2020

What is a Psychophysiological Malfunction?

Some label their problem an emotional issue, others a spiritual disorder. Those terms are valid but insufficient. somatic symptom disorder (a mental disorder that manifests as physical symptoms) ignores the emotions and spirit. Technically, a Malfunction is psychophysiological because it embraces the totality of our being―mind, body, spirit, and emotions―thus the term psycho (mind) and physiological (our body including our nervous system). Combined, they impact our emotions and are enveloped by the spirit.  Each element works collaboratively and in concert. Disruptions to this symphony caused by life’s weatherings can aggravate our Malfunction and negatively impact our quality of life.

We all have Malfunctions. They come in different intensities and affect each of us individually. There are at least nine clinical types of depression and the impact can be mild, moderate, or severe. Some people adapt quite nicely and get on with their lives. Others incorporate it into their personalities―the irascible boss, clinging partner, temperamental neighbor. This BLOG is designed for those of us whose lives are negatively impacted by their Malfunction.

Two things you must understand and accept as we go forward. You are not alone; you are in the majority. Every statistic in the world supports that. Most importantly, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! Malfunctions and their symptoms generally infect during childhood and adolescence. 

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Research shows that the onset of most mental illness happens to adolescents who have experienced detachment, exploitation, and or neglect, whether the cause be hereditary, environmental, or the result of some traumatic event. Environmental can refer to your school, your upbringing, your peers―anything that negatively affected you, intentional or not, factual or perceived.

Anything that interferes with a child’s social development is detrimental to adolescent and adult emotional health. In any case, it is not your fault. It may not be anyone’s fault. It just happened.  The cumulative evidence that childhood and adolescent occasions and events are the primary causal factor in lifetime emotional instability has been well-established.

May 24, 2019

Overcoming Our Resistance

This is the first major hurdle to recovery, and it is a formidable one. Resistance comes in many forms, we are usually unaware of it or refuse to admit it, and it has multiple attributions. For those of us with malfunctions, there are seven legitimate causes of our resistance that need to be recognized and overcome.

Change. We are hard-wired to loath change. Our bodies and brains are structured to resist anything that disrupts our equilibrium. Our body monitors our metabolism, body temperature, weight, and other survival functions to keep them balanced and performing properly. A new diet or exercise regimen, for example, produces physiological changes in our heart rate, metabolism and respiration which impact these functions. Inertia senses these changes and resists them by making it difficult for us to maintain them. Our brain’s basal ganglia resists any change in our patterns of behavior. Therefore, habits like smoking or gambling are hard to break, and new undertakings difficult to maintain.

Personal Baggage. The various malfunctions impact differently, and our personalities are unique; while there are similarities, no two situations are identical. A person with anxiety may be uncomfortable contributing in the classroom, while those with issues of self-esteem have difficulty establishing healthy relationships. Many of us make self-destructive decisions like substance abuse or emotional blackmail to feel viable or to numb us to the pain of our own inadequacy. We may feel angry, incompetent, resentful, or worthless. This baggage makes commitment difficult; we have beaten ourselves so often we resist anything new, especially something of personal benefit. 

Public Opinion. Public aversion to Malfunction is hard-wired. What is perceived as repugnant or weak in mind or body has suffered since the dawning of man. Having a Malfunction is not a sign of weakness or strength. It is an intrinsic part of nature. Much of society views it differently because they see our Malfunction in themselves and it frightens them. That fear is reinforced by prejudice, ignorance, and discrimination. One would hope that negative public opinion would evolve but studies indicate it has fluctuated since World War II but remains steadfast.

Media Representation. TV, books, and films exaggerate neuroses, stereotyping us as annoying, dramatic, and peculiar. More extreme portrayals suggest we are unpredictable and dangerous. A 2011 comparative study revealed that nearly half of U.S. stories on mental illness explicitly mention or allude to violence. Half of persons with malfunctions surveyed by Mind, a London organization focused on improving mental healthcare standards, said media coverage had a negative effect on their mental health. Media is powerful. Studies show homicide rates go up after televised heavyweight fights and suicide rates increase after on-screen portrayals. Television content leads to an inflated estimate of adultery and crime rates, and negative self-appraisal. 

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Visibility. The public display of behaviors associated with our Malfunctions. Not only is the public uneasy or repulsed by such behaviors, we become supremely conscious of being watched, whether it is real or imagined, and often surrender to the GAZE―what psychoanalyst Lacan defines as the anxious state of mind that comes with scrutiny and unwanted attention. So are Malfunction is then accompanied by anxiety.

Undesirability is externally displayed by psychological social distancing. Distancing is the public’s expression of repugnance and contempt for the behaviors in the stereotypes of our Malfunction. Social distance varies by Malfunction In a 2000 study, 38–47% of respondents supported a desire for social distance from individuals with depression. Distance was greatest for those with drug abuse disorders, followed by alcohol abuse, and depression. Distancing reflects the feelings a prejudiced group has towards another group; it is affirmation of our undesirability. In stigma research, the extent of social distance loosely corresponds to the level of discriminatory behavior. Equivalently, our reaction to the public’s contempt along with our own fragile self-image, embraces this concept of undesirability.

Diagnosis. Mental health stereotypes are driven by diagnosis. Which Malfunction is the most repulsive? Which poses the most threat? Which is pathetic? People are concerned about the severity of our Malfunction, whether it is contagious, whether our behaviors caused the Malfunction, is it getting better or worse, and, (avoid these people) is it god’s punishment for our sins, implying the more serious our symptoms the more repugnant our sins. Do not believe everything you read on the internet, chose your friends wisely, and take what your relatives have to say with a grain of salt.

Resistance v. Repression

Resistance is our deliberate or unconscious attempt to prevent something from happening for any reason whatsoever. Repression is a defense mechanism that prevents certain events, feelings, thoughts, and desires that our conscious mind refuses to accept from entering it. It is more of that stuff that clogs our brain and impacts our thoughts and behaviors, but we can’t address it because we don’t know it’s there. We have compartmentalized it and misplaced the key. 

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