For years now particle physicists have tried to create a GUT, or Grand Unifying Theory, merging the three forces of the standard model to explain how particles behave. This is about as difficult as understanding the emotional logic of sleep deprived premenstrual teens on triple espressos.
I’m happy to leave the exploration of nurtrino masses and gauge symmetries to the folks out there with way more gray matter than I possess. I admire their ambition and imagination.
The infinitely small, quark-sized portion of physics that I can understand (how to spell the word “physics” is about it) has inspired me develop my very own mental health GUT linking addiction, trauma and mental health symptoms to a unifying element and that is…. (Cue drum roll) Anxiety!
I believe anxiety is the underlying driver of every addiction, the consequence of untreated trauma and the source of every social evil from racism to genocide.
This anxiety is experienced as an internal vacancy—a noisy and chaotic one, a black hole—which the addict attempts to fill with the behavior/substance of their choice, the mental illness attempts to cover with obsessive/hyper vigilant/depressive perceptions, and the monomaniacal political leader attempts to fill with personal power and the domination of all of those around him.
In therapy, as a person’s anxiety management increases, their mental health symptoms decrease and their tolerance for “consciously going unconscious” (as one of my clients so poetically describes the practice of addiction) does as well.
Viola! My GUT. Take that Hawkins, you rascal, you!
(I’m always telling my kids not to brag, but here I go: I just got my forth “Top PTSD blog” listing: http://www.mastersinpsychology.net/the-top-50-bloggers-shedding-light-on-ptsd Kinda makes a person proud…and socially innapropriate!)
- Meet the quarks (blogs.uslhc.us)
- You: Mental health must be spared in budget cuts – Irish Times (news.google.com)
- How to avoid the stressed out staff that job losses will bring (guardian.co.uk)