The word transcend has to do with out of the box thinking in that transcend means to rise above the usual ways of thinking or doing things. Transcend can also refer to rising above the mundane problems of the real world and think from a more spiritual perspective.
Transcending the urge to self harm can be a daily struggle of self-control but it can also be a habit of thinking that helps lead one to keep searching for reasons for the unusual feelings. Transcending feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can be aided by supportive messages from others or from listening to inspiring music or reading or viewing other positive literature or art.
Optimism can be a choice that becomes a habit. It may be harder to maintain an optimistic attitude during times of stress or if survivors of trauma are somehow reminded of the trauma. Symptoms of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, can be triggered by reminders of the trauma. Good or bad habits can be something like a line of dominos falling against one after the other.
Transcending the negative habit patterns may take a lot of practice but cognitive therapy and Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques can be helpful. Psychiatric support with talk therapy and medication help can also be helpful but may be less helpful if accurate diagnoses aren’t pursued. And talk therapy and psychiatric medications may be harmful if an underlying nutrient deficiency is the actual cause of symptoms of mental illness or is exacerbating a milder mental illness.
Psychiatric medications for a person who is grieving the loss of a loved one may also be more harmful in the long run then just accepting that grief and loss can be a painful process that takes time to work through. Talk therapy might be more helpful for a grieving patient than immediately reaching for an anti-depressant. Psychiatric medications can have significant side effects and at least for some patients may cause worsening symptoms when the medication is stopped. Grieving may also become an ongoing problem when someone receives a life changing diagnosis for themselves or for a loved one or for their child.
It gets better. The show goes on; the sun rises and the sun sets, and both are beautiful.
- A variety of handouts for different types of grief and loss: [http://psychology.tools/Grief.html]
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