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I have been thinking about the idea of tentative healing since I saw it as the daily post word prompt.  Each prayer we utter, for another’s benefit, is a tentative sending of sympathetic resonance that the recipient doesn’t know about, yet we make a tiny step to create waves of hope.  People say “Give me a blessing” or “Send me a prayer.” I am not worthy of such a gift, but if my frail deeds and conscious action can make a change in the Universe to send aid, who am I to say no to such a desperate request?

Therapeutic touch is a tentative bond between patient and healer, to insert warmth and balance into the energetic space of places out of alignment.

How can I let my adult children know that I love them without inserting myself too deeply into their own daily routines?   I am so proud for them of their achievements; They have outgrown needing or wanting my pride, but I am so happy for each of the respective life changes and achievements.  The careful speech – not too pushy, not too needy, not too opinionated – is some awkward dance of toeing the line. One misstep, and I will have to begin again, to tentatively build respect and connection.

Each sound, so carefully scrutinized, is a tentative syllable hoping to send tearful and heartfelt messages within the silent spaces between words.

A whispered prayer, for those whom we know, or those whose devastation is witnessed from thousands of miles away, is our small scared effort to help another for whom the Grace of G-d is all that separates us in pain and fear.  We are human; our empathy is how we know the doubts, the shame, the stigma, and the judgment being experienced.  I send my humbled attempt at tentative healing to those who need it and think that no one can hear their own tentative prayer for help.

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Education about mental disorders is still woefully low compared to those who suffer its effects.  Whether you, or someone you love, has depression, despite the soaring numbers of those afflicted, each individual feels desperately alone, ashamed, afraid, and overwhelmed.  Sometimes it is chemical, but it can also be situational or genetic; While precariously keeping it together, a major life change can trigger genuine mental and physical symptoms.  Whether you chose the wrong job, the wrong person, served in the military forces, cared for the elderly, had a family history of mental health issues, the death or estrangement of a loved one, and other vast and devastating experiences of daily life – symptoms are real and identifiable.

Social, psychological, and biological causes, combined with the social stigma can literally kill.  Mental disorders affect 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and more than half receive no treatment.  In my work, I meet with so many affected individuals or relatives, afraid to seek out help or unable to afford the care they desperately need.  Education, accessibility, health insurance parity, and affordable medical care are critical to saving lives and families.  Communication and the safety to express genuine feelings and concerns, without retribution, is critical to asking for help.  It is not a weakness and no one seeks to be disabled by a mood disorder.  There are legitimate health risks at every age.

Saving your life, or that of another, is an act of bravery.  It is not cause for shame, it is an accomplishment to take action.

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It is a brutal fight, taking all of your strength to rise again, with personal trust and confidence eroded.  Disorganized thinking, difficulty concentrating, or remembering basic facts are part of the cognitive dissonance that depression causes.  Multi-layered therapies appear to have the best rate of success.

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Education is the tip of the iceberg.  Even if you are unable to seek help, or interact with others, the ability to take a free and anonymous mental health screening is a brilliant self-assessment tool.  Being self aware and sensitive to your own individual needs can begin the process of healing and receiving help in an overwhelmingly isolated and painful situation.  It takes months to recover one’s sense of self, or at least heal enough to gain the energy for perspective.  There is no magic pill, but developing coping skills and mechanisms, means that even if those daily steps are slow and tiny, they are moving forward, one at a time.

http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho

https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-can-i-help-someone-in-my-life-whos-depressed/

https://www.verywell.com/how-to-help-someone-with-depression-1065117

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