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Society often linked post-traumatic stress disorder to military veterans who had seen the atrocities of war and its gruesome collateral damage. While this is true, post-traumatic stress disorder is not exclusive to military personnel. In fact, it can affect anyone who had encountered a terrifying event. Also, the experience of terror is a subjective incident significant to the person that’s why post-traumatic stress disorder is highly probable for war veterans but not all of them develop such condition. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined as a mental health condition usually terrifying event through witnessing or experiencing the situation. Symptoms will include the following: severe anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

The statistics show that PTSD can happen to anyone. It is common. Studies show that 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women had experienced at least one trauma in their lives. Women are likely to encounter child sexual abuse and sexual assault while men will most likely experience accidents, physical assault, disaster, combat or witnessing of death or injury. Whether you are dealing with PTSD or you know someone who is suffering from this disorder, it is wise to take note that having PTSD is not a sign of weakness. Moreover, some significant factors will increase the chances of developing PTSD. Examples of these are jobs, mental health problems, lack of support system, substances abuse and early childhood trauma.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the subject of literature and movies. Many movies are dedicated to the disorder. Some films on PTSD show the reality of the disorder while others sensationalized the situation to make it more interesting for the audience. PTSD films started as early as the 1970s with the release of the following movies:

The Deer Hunter

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It is a heart-wrenching movie about four friends from a small town in Pennsylvania who decided to enlist and fight in the Vietnam War. Three of the main protagonist was captured and tortured in the prisoners of war camp. It is a story of how they thrived and survived a dangerous environment as well as their lives after their escape. This is an award-winning movie, which garnered five Academy Awards. The cast is also stellar with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.

Coming Home

The plot of the story started in California with Bob Hyde as the main character. He is a captain in the US Marine Corps and was deployed in Vietnam. His wife was left behind and began to volunteer at the local veterans hospital where she met a paraplegic soldier from Vietnam. The paraplegic soldier and Mr. Hyde’s wife develop a friendship that resulted in the transformation of her views about the war. By the time her husband returns, wounded and suffering from PTSD. The soldier from the hospital and Mrs. Hyde is already having an affair.

Born on the Fourth of July

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The film was directed and co-written by Oliver Stone. The story follows the life of Ron Kovic, a US marine sergeant who served two tours in Vietnam. On the first one, he came home wounded; however, on the second tour, he went back home paralyzed from the chest down. The movie showcased his struggle with the changes in him physically, emotionally and mentally as well as on how to transition back into regular life. He had difficulty connecting with his family and friends and showed signs of PTSD. He also turned to vices for relief; later in his life, he found meaning in joining a group of Vietnam Veterans against the war.

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The Unsettling and Problematic Depiction of Societal Controversies in “13 Reasons Why”

More like, 13 reasons why not.

 

Before you go any further, this article contains discussions that are related to self-harm, suicide, and sexual assault.

 

“13 Reasons Why”, a movie about a teenager who committed suicide and has elaborated 13 reasons why she did it, has become a rather controversial and surprisingly popular show on Netflix. While its ambitions of re-structuring cultural and social sensitivity specifically on matters concerning sexual assault and harassment, bullying, and mental disorder, it somehow has managed to do so but in a problematic, non-conforming manner.

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Beethoven’s Music And Mental Health

When people think of musical genius, one of the most common answers is Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Up to this day, his compositions live on and continue to be played. He is also one of the most famous and powerful composers of all time. People might not precisely identify the songs regarding its details but rest assured that when they hear it, they would be amazed that it was Beethoven who composed the symphony.  He showed musical inclinations as a child and was taught by his father Johann Van Beethoven and Christian Gottlob Neefe who was also a composer and conductor. While many considered him a musical genius, some experts believe that Ludwig Van Beethoven suffered from bipolar disorder as well as substance abuse from alcoholic beverages later on in his life.

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Understanding The Creativity Behind Mental Illness

The world has a fascination for masterpieces, arts, and creativity; however, there is an association between mental illness and creativity. Oftentimes, the artists and musicians have an unusual creative process. Some thrive in the use of substances to fuel their minds with exciting ideas and out of this world output.

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Movie Therapy Redefines Modern Mental Health Treatment

 

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For binge-watchers out there who are in dire need of mental health treatment, here’s a treat for you: movie therapy.

 

You read it right. Movie therapy also known as cinema or film therapy is a type of mental health treatment modality that allows its audience to seek self-awareness and positive life alterations through watching different media-related contents. Therapists believe that movie therapy does have a series of psychological health benefits, assuming that watching a film enables examination of stressors and issues in the relationship, work, and life more personal, palatable and relevant.

 

Without further hubbub, here are some of the reasons why movie therapy is redefining the era of mental health treatments.

 

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Movie Therapy Complements Other Psychotherapies

To say that movie therapy alone can relieve a person of his or her misery is far-reaching. In certain circumstances, depending on the illness of the person, primary psychological treatments are often combined with another type of therapeutic modality to make it more effective.

 

More so, therapists will adequately assess their patient’s condition first before opting for movie therapy as the primary treatment modality. This sense of productivity and awareness can aid in the progression of conventional counseling sessions.

 

Movie Therapy Is A Self-Induced Intervention

People watch movies or television shows mainly for enjoyment or as a form of pastime. But personally, people choose specific movie genres that they relate to especially those that reflect their aspirations, situations, and struggles. And the good news is, this content is currently available on a lot of platforms and devices that can easily be accessed and be rendered by Internet streaming, free library, or rental kiosks. You don’t have to look that far.

 

Aside from that, you don’t have to wait for the next psychotherapy session to gain some clarity and insight on your situation. There are tons of movie characters that are carrying similar burdens that you may find a connection with. Though your therapist will undoubtedly have a couple of film suggestions regarding your condition, you still can freely choose which shows resonate with you and learn from their challenges while taking notes of the resolutions.

 

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Movie Therapy Facilitates Mental and Physical Breakthroughs

Discovering the thoughts and emotions that you never knew existed is one of the goals of movie therapy. There are certain feelings that you have repressed or ignored for so long that when elaborately portrayed in a movie, create a healing process by opening doors to the subjugated psyche. After seeing yourself and your life played by the protagonist, sentiments that you’ve tried to subdue will resurface and can freely cross the unbearable threshold.

 

Movie therapy helps people realize that emotions must be felt and expressed rather than be restrained for all eternity. Sometimes, people who do not cry over death or loss will find themselves bawling their eyes out over Marley and Me.

 

Movie Therapy Offers Impassioned Expression

In a chaotic, stressful world, watching movies is a form of escapism – to distract oneself from the disturbing reality that one currently faces. Being mentally and emotionally engaged in your chosen film for the sake of getting your mind off of negativity is psychologically therapeutic. Even if it’s only for a limited moment, the time provided to set your mind at ease and be relaxed is soothing and rejuvenating to have you re-engage with real-life events.

 

With everything that’s going on in the world today, people are becoming less and less expressive of their thoughts and feelings and end up bottling up their emotions. And because not a lot of people are comfortable with the idea of opening up to some stranger, movie therapy is ideal for exploring psychological problems and eventually finding resolve in the privacy of one’s home.

 

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Top Movies Which Can Help You Cope With Depression

Any type of mental health disorder can sometimes be debilitating or isolating. However, there are various movies out there which capture the realities of these illnesses. If you are battling the blues of depression, watching a film you can relate to might provide a therapeutic distraction. Here are the top movies which can help you get through the hard times of depression.

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Anomalisa (2015)

Experts believe that people who are the happiest on the outside are empty on the inside. Anomalisa shows the story of Michael Stone, a famous author of motivational books tackling corporate efficiency and reliable customer support. Despite helping people live happier lives, Stone was proven to be clinically depressed. He felt alienated from the world and angry with himself for bearing all of these negative emotions.

The movie was successful in demonstrating the existential difficulties of an individual living with depression.

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out is an animated movie which tackles how a person’s emotions work. According to its most loyal viewers, this movie lifted them since it made them laugh and cry at the same time. It also showed the importance of having both sadness and joy in their lives.

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Cake (2014)

Cake is a movie starring Jennifer Aniston. Here, her main character, Claire, struggled with depression and anxiety after losing her son in a vehicular accident. Due to this traumatic experience, she also developed chronic pain. The bulk of the story revolved around her grief and hopelessness in her recovery process.

Interiors (1978)

Interiors spoke volumes when it comes to showing the reality of depression. The film did not only shed light on the effects of mental illnesses to the patients, but it also tackled how mental illness affects the people around them.

In the movie, the character of the mother was suffering from dementia and depression. On the other hand, the character of the father developed a severe and undeserved resentment towards his wife. He felt that she was only a burden to their family in her current state. Upon knowing this, the mother attempted to commit suicide, and the unhealthy cycle of resentment and sadness dragged on until it affected their daughter.

Interiors is an honest, eye-opening, and authentic look at how seriously and sensitively we should treat depression.

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The Hours (2002)

The Hours depicted three women from three different areas, with all of them suffering from depression. Other movies stress on traumatic events being the primary cause of acquiring this mental health disorder. However, this movie shows that people who are loved and cared for can also feel out of control.

The film also went through the rebuilding phase in the lives of these people. What makes this movie stand out is its ability to show a non-traditional view of depression and mental illness.

Even up to now, there is still a lot of false information and negative stigma on mental health. Hence, it is critical for movies like this to bring awareness about this sensitive topic to their viewers.

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Why Baking Is The Perfect Way To Unwind

There are very few hobbies capable of soothing the mind and satisfying the soul. Baking belongs to the handful. After all, there’s nothing quite like coming home to the scent of coffee cake or the sight of a plateful of freshly baked cookies.

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Culinary Arts Therapy

Culinary art therapy, often referred to as CAT, uses cooking as a means of therapeutic expression. It serves as an outlet for individuals who need an emotional outlet. As a meticulous form of preparation, baking requires immense concentration. As such, the nature of the focused activity helps in the redirection of thoughts—a subconscious form of therapy.

In a recent study, researchers have used a combination of CAT and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help those dealing with grief. The results of the research were positive and suggested CAT can help limit the complications which come with loss.

It’s Personal

Baking can be a profoundly personal experience. Historically, women have been the designated domestic goddesses of the household, with the kitchen covering most of their domain. Over time, however, the culinary arts has grown to be more inclusive and all-encompassing. Cooking—and baking—has become more than a chore. Passion fuels baking. For some, it’s become a livelihood; for others, a form of empowerment. In some cases, baking has become a way to de-stress.

Baking can be advantageous for improving emotional health and has been known to help people deal with their depression or anxiety. “The physical act of baking,” according to Julia Ponsonby, author of The Art of Mindful Baking, “the way that you knead bread, for example, takes your mind out of the intellectual and connects you to your body.”

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Benefits Of Baking

Baking provides a sense of relief. It channels all the negative thoughts and energy and transforms it into positive output. Overall, baking has several benefits we’ve listed below:

  1. Provides an outlet for self-expression. Baking allows you to push your limits and explore uncharted territories. Much like writing, painting, or music, it opens up your mind to new things and endless possibilities—in terms of recipes, decorations, you name it!
  2. Improves singular focus. Baking is like science. The process requires strict adherence to the recipe, thus honing one’s diligence. Its repetitive actions and feelings of being in control help you keep calm. On the other hand, working through each step of the recipe enables you to tune out the anxious thoughts.
  3. Sense of accomplishment. Think of it as a task or project, and the end product is a meal. Even if the outcome doesn’t taste as good as you expect, consider it a win. Knowing you began and completed the process all on your own is a perfect example of you working towards and attaining a goal.

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    4. Calming effect of the smell. The scent of freshly baked goods provides the same kind of satisfaction aromatherapy does.

    5. Sense of self and others. Baking for both yourself and the people around you is a form of mindfulness. It creates opportunities to interact and spend time with others. It’s a cultural norm to give food as a sign of welcome to the neighborhood. You may also offer baked goods as a token of appreciation or a form of condolence.

What are you waiting for? Grab your bowl and apron. Ready, get set, whisk!

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How Watching Films Can Be Therapeutic

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Even with their creative minds, moviemakers have their fair share of struggles and problems. Most of the time, it results in films that relay their genuine emotions. Consequently, you find these movies as a haven because it enables you to express the feelings you have found difficult to express and release.

Films provoke different kinds of emotions. Some can make you sad, happy, thrilled, or upset. According to Birgit Wolz, a psychotherapist who also facilitates the Cinema Therapy group, watching movies can help heal and provide growth to anybody who seeks emotional release, relief, and natural change.

Benefits Of Watching Films

1. Catharsis

If you have been having a hard time letting your tears out, a sad movie can help. As an alternative, it can also make you feel better once you realize the characters have more significant problems than you do. A triumphant film can be a mood booster after a challenging or tiring day. A scary movie can give you an adrenaline rush whenever you are feeling down.

A good movie, whatever genre it falls under, can help you release bottled-up emotions.

2. Escapism

People deal with problems all the time. For some, the world around them seems to be crumbling down. Watching a movie helps people immerse themselves in another world where things are not complicated. For two hours, they can enjoy without thinking about their problems.

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Escapism can you help you in a lot of ways. But keep in mind that, ultimately, you will still have to fix your problems rather than escaping from it.

3. Distraction

Distraction goes hand in hand with escapism. Whenever a person feels depressed or anxious, one of the usual things they do is get away from their emotions. Watching a movie can help them do that. It helps them focus on other things which relax their minds even just for a while.

4. Inspiration

Movies are inspiring. You can learn a lot of morals and lessons in a film. It may sound a bit silly, but you would be surprised by how a movie can inspire and move you. Movies with great plots can help you find motivation, be a better person, or look at life with high hopes.

A biographical or historical movie often gives us a glimpse of how life can be for others. You get to look at life from a different perspective.

5. Creativity

There’s no doubt that the different views and aspects in life we see in movies can change our outlook in life.  A good story engages a person’s curiosity, emotions, and imagination, which makes us more creative and innovative.

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At the same time, it makes us appreciate the art of making movies. It includes cinematography, production, and how the actors can convey emotions.

Inspirational Movies To Watch For Life Lessons And Mental Health Awareness

  • The Intern (2015)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • The Bucket List (2007)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
  • Every Child is Special (2007)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)

No matter how you’re feeling right now, there’s a movie that can help you express it. We hope they inspire you to love and take care of yourself. Enjoy!

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Can’t Find Your Passion? Here’s A Therapist’s Advice

There is no doubt that you are one of the people who want to create something extraordinary with his life. And perhaps it is what your therapist would advise. With that, you find interest in different things around you. There is exploration, arts, and crafts, cooking, performing arts and theatre, movie production, writing, and so on. But what if you can’t seem to find your passion? What if you want to do something but don’t know where to start looking? Will you be able to decide in an instant what you want to do in life? Well, perhaps if you continue reading, you will have an idea of how a person can search and find his passion.

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The Ways Of Finding Your Passion

If you are an individual who doesn’t know what he wants to do and achieve in life, then you might be someone who doesn’t understand the worth of excitement. If you think that there is only one activity out there that tends to be for you, then you are wrong. The assumption that passion is somehow predetermined is a mentality that puts you in isolation. Because the truth is, that is not how it works. There are a lot of things that can potentially become your passion because of your ability to do more than one. However, you have to understand the things that are vital in determining it.

Changing Your Dopamine Source

Dopamine is the chemical that gets released in the brain. Its purpose is to motivate you to do things according to your preference and level of pleasure. When you understand its abundance, you will get to see a bigger picture of how you should look at things. Most of the times, you get a high level of dopamine by creating something. Let’s say you are writing, performing, drawing, etc. With that, you feel satisfied throughout the process. And by appreciating the kind of fulfillment you are having, you are entirely pushing yourself to become passionate about what you are doing. But you have to be careful. Because nowadays, there are a lot of things that can flood your brain with dopamine. There is binge-watching, surfing on the internet, and spending too much time on social media. And having to do all this stuff can be too damaging at some point. Because instead of becoming a source of creation, it becomes a basis of brain chemical consumption.

In an attempt to create a higher level of dopamine that will determine your passion, you need to understand the importance of the distinction. With that, you need to realize that for something to become worth doing, the level of dopamine must stem from creation. Because if you get your dopamine level from a form of consumption, it becomes an addiction. It eventually ends up as a mental condition. Therefore, the most significant thing you need to do to find your passion genuinely is to turn your off your dopamine consumption. These could be spending a lesser amount of time on social media, or set a lesser time watching TV, and anything that does not entirely help in creation.

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Exposure To Variety Of Creations

To allow yourself to get the right amount of dopamine that will support what you do, you have to expose yourself from the different types of creation. Yes, the hard part of it is finding what interests you most because there are a lot of things to choose from the list. Sometimes, you get to feel overloaded with ideas that, instead of pushing you, make you feel tired without even starting. So what you need to do is at least try things out. Don’t focus on one thing. You can search for a list of hobbies and create a list of activities that interests you the most. Then all you got to do check out the things you like to do most. But take note, you must give yourself enough time to process the activity. With that, you can see whether the hobby can somehow turn into a passion.

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It may sound an overly simple idea, but finding a passion is not that entirely hard to do. The thing is, you need to understand the importance of toning and changing your dopamine level. That’s it. You need to allow yourself to try and explore a wide variety of creativity and cut down dopamine consumption.

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Art Therapy: Tips In Visiting Museums

Did you know that many people are starting to go for art therapy in resolving their personal conflicts? Nowadays, several troubled individuals resort to exploring the beauty of art in overcoming a severe mental disorder or battling against depression and anxiety. There are several ways on how this kind of therapy is m1ade. In this article, our primary focus would be about the act of visiting museums to calm your mind, renew your energy and overcome your struggles.

 

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Make sure to read this article for the smart tips to remember. Keep in mind that there are various rules to follow when it comes to visiting museums. You cannot just show up and expect other people to do the work for you. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind:

 

Set A Schedule First

 

The critical part of coming over to a museum is choosing the date for your actual visit. As much as possible, book ahead of time so that you will not experience any hassle in securing tickets. Another advantage of scheduling earlier is that you can have a longer time to research about the museum that you are visiting. Keep in mind that it is crucial to be aware of the essential details about the place before checking their art.

 

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Choose A Companion

 

Checking paintings, sculptures and other forms of art is a beautiful experience, especially if you share it with someone who matters in your life. Hence, it is best if you will start to choose a companion whom you want to explore the museum with. This person can be your partner, a close friend or a family member. Take note that that the choice is up to you. However, if you prefer to visit alone, you can also do it as long as you plan the itinerary ahead of time.

 

Research About The Place

 

As already mentioned above, it is best if you will search for the place first. Keep in mind that there are some rules and regulations that you have to observe if you want to have a great time in the museum. As such, you must find time to check out these guidelines ahead of time to ensure that you will not violate them on the date of actual visit. Remember that being prepared is one of the vital keys to having an unforgettable experience in the museum. Fortunately, it is now easy to look up for specific information about a place. All you must do is go online and search for the website of the museum or read the online reviews left by previous visitors.

 

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Keep Your Phone Off

 

When checking out the collection in the art place, it is best if you can turn your phone off. Take note that you are not the only one who is checking the area. There is a high possibility that you can disturb the other persons who are also trying out art therapy to make them feel relaxed. At the same time, having your phone on as you course through the museum can be a great distraction on your part. To enjoy the benefits of art therapy, it is crucial for you to set your heart and mind to it. Never allow any distractions or interruptions.

 

Listen To The Tour Guide

 

If you get lucky, it is possible that you can explore the museum with a tour guide who is highly knowledgeable about the art available there. When you get this opportunity, be sure to enjoy it. Feel free to ask questions about the pieces of art that your life. However, do not forget to be courteous by waiting for the other person to stop speaking before you open your mouth. Also, be respectful enough to listen to her as she explains about the beautiful collection.

 

Conclusion

 

Art therapy is effective, and many people claim that it changed their life. Our only wish for you is that you also get to experience it in the future. Remember that it is always a good idea to visit your therapist or psychiatrist before you try art therapy. Keep in mind that this form of treatment is not for everyone, which is why you must be careful in doing it. Enjoy art and may it help you heal.

 

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