Those suffering panic attacks tend to describe their condition as something unsayable. The unsayable is not a failure or deficit of language, rather is itself the origin of the panic attack.
The daily life of those who suffer panic attacks is suddenly interrupted, as if they had suffered a severe trauma. In panic attacks, as opposed to a trauma event, there is no phenomenological source for the client's anxiety; a trauma has occurred - its nature, however is unsayable.
As therapists we are dealing with the consequences of a trauma that has not been fully experienced. Our task is to construct a new ground of security. We cannot recreate the previous sense of security; it is no longer here, it is gone; it has past, forever.
In working with adolescents / teenagers I bring 10 years experiences of working with 11 - 16 year old school students, much of this time with disaffected students.
As a therapist I have worked with teenagers in a variety of in-school, withdrawal units, and in the community settings.
ANGER in Adolescents
An individual who is angry is generally more clearly and firmly bounded than when not bounded.*
In anger - not rage - the person is expressing more clearly what is happening; what is wanted; what is going wrong; what is not being done; and so on. This does not mean this expression is correct - for the situation - nor that the expression needs to be given in to. When not angry the person may not be saying something that inwardly is waiting to be said. Sometimes only in anger is it safe to say what's inside. Safety is ... emotional safety.
Teenage: What is Not Said
This article is by an American teenager and I found this back in 2002 (ish) and is poignant and timeless... Meanwhile, here in mid 2018 there are numerous similar articles on the internet.
Ten Things Your Teen Is Reluctant To Tell You:
The full, original, text for this article appears in the table below the '10' point summary.
Written by By Reece,Colleen L., (1995), and first appeared in the September, 1995 issue of Focus on the Family magazine.
The most common reasons given by pupils for deliberate self harm were 'to find relief from a terrible state of mind' or because they had 'wanted to die'. Contrary to popular belief few were 'trying to frighten someone' or simply 'get attention'.
In the process of studies and readings a compilation of quotes defining terms used in Gestalt therapy emerged...
Quotations: Category - Adjustment - Anxiety - Awareness - Confluence - Consciousness - Contact - Creative Adjustment - Creativity - Cycle of Contact - Dreams - Ego - Excitement - Gestalt - Gestalt Theory - Growth - Knowledge - Living - Middle mode - Perception - Personality - Self - Self-actualisation - Spontaneity - Therapy - Unfinished Business -
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When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue