Friday, April 7, 2017

Mental Illness and Communication

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  1. Thanks Brad for opening up the opportunity for this particular discussion. I fully agree that the inability to clearly articulate ones desires, fears, joys or pains will and does lead to a sense of isolation, which in the case of those suffering from certain mental disorders, will contribute to that inevitable downward spiral in the abyss of depression - or the aggressive, paranoiac, episodes of destruction that may follow a manic spike.

    When one has already used the mind to numb all pain and emotion, it is almost impossible to convey ones needs to others because the language becomes limited and inexpressive or simply angry. But using your quote;

    "What if it were something as simple (2) as improving communication skills or lines of communication that could greatly improve the chances of one overcoming a mental illness or to live a better, more satisfying life?"

    What if it were that simple?

    Cognitive Behavourial Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavourial Therapy (DBT) both use the deconstruction of the spoken language, which is then reassembled in a manner to empower the patient through the use of constructive and positive reframing of communication approaches used to convey information during a dialogue.

    Neurolinguist Programming (NLP) uses the deconstruction of all forms of communication - verbal, audio, kinetic etc... to also reframe dialogues in order to achieve the desired outcomes of the originator of the communication.

    In both cases, the patient/client is given various tools/keys which enable them to unlock ways to communicate that they may not be familiar with previously and in doing so, allow the thoughts, words and mindless chattering running around in their brains to be eventually tamed, so that these same words and thoughts can be expressed in a clear, concise and precise manner.

    The impact on someone with major depression for example, is that first they are able to begin to find the words in the right order to express how they truly feel - this is very empowering because with this first step, it then possible to see the opportunity to plan a second, then a third and a fourth step.

    As you say though, simple does not always mean easy but certainly, we are moving in the right direction when we begin to see how giving those with mental disorders the means to clearly communicate for themselves will accelerate their own journey towards healthy minds.

    1. That is very powerful additional observations and commentary, Joan. Thank you so much.

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