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Fictional parallels

So, the plotline of one of the characters on Blindspot continues to unfold. I had initially thought that they dropped the story line, but they moved forward with it the last several episodes. 

It originally stared last season when one of the agents ended up arresting his former coach/mentor on child sex abuse charges. The agent (Reade) initially thought that only his peers had been abused, but one of his old friends from that time clued him in to his own abuse. Reade had no memory of any of it. His only hint at proof came from a tape with his own name on it that he found in the coach’s apartment among the stash of tapes the coach made of the abuses.

They introduced some minor hints around it being accurate, but they didn’t focus much on it. Mostly, they showed Reade’s avoidance of it. Looking back, they did a pretty decent job of portraying the denial/overwhelm stage of remembering abuse. 

The most recent episode ended with Reade sitting down with Zapata to watch the tape he had stolen from the apartment. 

The whole story has my interest piqued. I can relate to so much of it: the total dissociation of any memories for decades, the sudden confrontation with an alternate “truth”, the anger, the denial, the pushing it away… I find myself holding my breath to see what happens next. I want to know that I’m not totally alone in how I’m experiencing things… and I want to have some sort of guidebook through all of this. I know Dr C says this isn’t abnormal, but it’s nice to see it presented that way more places than just her office. It’s kinda like feeling alone for so long, then finding someone else that sees things the same way you do. I know it’s just a TV show (and they can still take it in the direction of Reade never actually having been abused), but it’s relatable… it’s the same relief I find in going to the new group (though that is technically over as of Monday). 

I dunno… I forgot where I was going with this post. Maybe it was about finding something to relate to? I dunno… Blindspot is proving to be a decent show despite the frequent cheesey-ness. And unlike Nashville, it’s handling the child abuse ramifications more accurately. Nashville introduced ptsd basically in one episode, then “resolved” it in the next. Blindspot is taking a more accurate approach to the topic. I just hope they follow through on it rather than end it with the whole thing simply being a “scare” for the character…


Sleep therapy for depression

Interesting… I know Dr. C had mentioned something like the CBT-I to help cure insomnia, but never really called it that. I think it’s interesting that they are saying often times insomnia precedes depression (which I have found true for myself many times). I look forward to seeing the rest of the research.


Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression


Published: November 18, 2013 355 Comments

Curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of a full recovery, scientists are reporting. The findings, based on an insomnia treatment that uses talk therapy rather than drugs, are the first to emerge from a series of closely watched studies of sleep and depression to be released in the coming year.

Ryerson University

A student demonstrating equipment at Colleen Carney’s sleep lab at Ryerson University. Dr. Carney is the lead author of a new report about the effects of insomnia treatment on depression.

The new report affirms the results of a smaller pilot study, giving scientists confidence that the effects of the insomnia treatment are real. If the figures continue to hold up, the advance will be the most significant in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987.

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figured out a bit of why DBT triggers me rather than helps…

I was rambling on in my therapist’s office today, mainly about the move and all it was triggering. Then we got on the topic of finding a therapist once I move. I told her about the program run by the psychologist she had mentioned, and how they make DBT a required part of the program. I was telling her that I am not really sure why it triggers me so much, but it always does… She asked if it had anything to do with the way it is taught. I had to think about it and we talked about it. We came up with that being one of the huge triggers of the program for me. It brings up so much of my childhood and my interactions with family and well-meaning friends… The style is just too harsh for me. And it doesn’t let you process what comes up, just tells you not to indulge the feelings it brings up, and how to get through the feelings… While it is not intended to be invalidating, it comes off as very much so (to me). I also have trouble asking for what I need, because I often don’t know what I need. The lack of processing then makes it difficult for me to understand where to go next.
With that realization, I now have a better answer for clinicians when they ask me “Why don’t you want to try DBT again?” It also got us on to a discussion of why it is that so many facilities and clinicians push the DBT model on their clients… Wasn’t it developed by Marsha Linnehan because other popular treatment strategies did not work? She saw a need for an alternative, figured one out, and marketed it well after proving it successful with some. It seems like since that breakthrough, everyone has decided that it is the best (and often times the ONLY) option offered to anyone struggling with emotion regulation and self-injury. What happened to the knowledge that one approach does not work for everyone? What happened to trying to find alternatives so that people are not left in the dark when that one option doesn’t work for them?

I think i found a focus for my dissertation whenever it is that I go back to school… We need alternatives to the DBT and CBT approaches for people like myself who do not benefit from the way they are structured (tho the info and skills are good)… Just sayin’….