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I’m in crisis! What do I do?
I don’t know what’s wrong…
I think I need to talk to someone.
My friend needs help.
How can I help my friend?
...she said to me during group today. Again, I sensed all eyes on me and I felt like jumping through the window. Why do I keep coming to these sessions?
Your relationship to your voices is important. Stand up to them, man! Face those ugly bastards head-on. Understand where they are coming from. Voices may represent aspects of your emotional and mental state.
Turn them into positive experiences. Don’t take them literally. Approach their words as metaphors showing you what you might need to change about yourself.
...asked Sandy the rehab nurse during group today.
So I gave her the 411 from my perspective:
Stephen P. Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His areas of expertise are self-injury and youth mental health.
My life was good and I was happy. I had a great wife, had recently bought a house in San Fransico, had a good job with the dream of becoming an entrepreneur one day and a great circle of family and friends.
All of that changed over the course of few months and I began to lose absolutely everything I had. I almost died, I decided that my life was not worth living and had occasional thoughts of ending my life.