Saturday, September 30, 2017

Explaining Conflict and Extremes

Human Rights  Reactions to fear & want,  disregard for human rights Medical/ Psychiatry  Genetic defects; biological brain  disorders  Mental Health Therapists  Dysfunctional thoughts & relationships, poor impulse control Trauma- Informed Care  Flashbacks, triggers, traumatic reactivity
Each of the four paradigms has their own recipe for mental extremes. Let's take a look.

1. Disease model psychiatry  

According to medical model psychiatry, extreme states are basically a matter of the wrong genes and biology.  If you have those, you're screwed, but psychiatry will help you manage yourself.

2. Conventional 'talk' therapy

Conventional talk therapy explains many extreme states as the result of dysfunctional thinking or relationships resulting in poorly regulated behaviors and impulses.  You probably came from the wrong family or learned the wrong skills or beliefs or responses for operating in the world. 

3. Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care generally sees extreme states as trauma-related.  This may include flashbacks, triggers and traumatic reactivity to current life circumstances that evoke the images of harmful past ones. 

4.  Human Rights 

The human rights paradigm is sees extreme states as logical and predictable.  They represent understandable reactions to reality-based fears and wants.  People of good faith are lacking something they need and unable to access it.  This creates tension and competition for resources that either are perceived to be scarce or unfairly withheld.  Human rights cautions those in power against putting fellow citizens in a situation where they have no recourse but rebellion for addressing their needs.

That's all for now.

We will talk about another slide later.

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