Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Suffering PTSD Due To The Economy


Therapists often diagnose post traumatic stress disorder in patients who have suffered some traumatic event, like a man made or natural disaster. But one noted psychoanalyst says there's been an uptick in PTSD in people because of the pressures of the faltering economy.

Joining us to discuss his observation on Thursday January 29 will be Dr. Michael Bader.

Bader, who is in practice in San Fransisco, says he can relate to his patients. He lost 40 percent of his own savings when the economy went down the tubes.

Bader says many people suffer emotionally as they suffer financially because they don't know how to direct their anger at those who are responsible for their plights. Instead, he says, they sometimes blame themselves for making poor investment decisions.

Likewise, he says, people feel impotent over the problem, not knowing what steps they can take to correct it. This adds, Bader says, to their irrational feelings of guilt.

"We feel responsible for things we didn't do and helpless in the face of things we could do," Bader writes in an article for AlterNet.

"We feel guilty when we should feel innocent, cynical when we should feel hopeful and powerless when we should feel powerful. Understanding and resolving this confusion should help progressives enormously."

Bader says so many people have been burned by market conditions that there's no reason that any individual should feel guilty or responsible for being in a financially insecure position today.

Bader is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in San Francisco. He is the author of two books and has written extensively about psychology and politics.

To talk to Bader on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time Thursday January 29 CLICK HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ACC NEWS STORY, Jan/22/09 >

'Madoff: One of Many Scammers?
As the Economy Tanks, More and More Ponzi Schemes Come to Light'

Trauma is trauma. When you don't know who is out to get you, who is friend and who is foe, when you no longer know who you can trust, a cognitive collapse eventually happens. It is then that raw emotion trumps rational thought processes which cannot apprehend the irrational.

Rage is misdirected when you cannot find the enemy. It is then that self-destruction, active or passive, opens as the avenue of least resistance. But if you default to rage you actually destroy yourself which doesnt hurt your enemy a bit ( remember? you cannot find the enemy) . Rage kills. It kills you.

Frankly, I am not sure we all need to pay a therapist when our worlds collapse, but maybe embrace the idea that the one thing we always have, that we get to keep, that we control, is choice. We may choose to destroy others, destroy ourselves, or to forgive others, forgive ourselves. We many notice the sun on our upturned faces.

"It's alright, Ma, I'm only bleeding...Its alright Ma, its life and life only. " ~ Dylan