by Fallon Goodman, PhD | Apr 6, 2022 | Student & Intern Resources, The Practicalities of Training, Well Being
I had just returned from a 3-week respite in Spain, and I was riding the post-vacation emotional high.
The quaint cobblestone streets of Seville left me with feelings of joy and amusement; the romantic plazas of Madrid left me with love; the vast beaches of Barcelona left me with serenity and awe; and the seafood paella in each of these cities left me with each of the top 10 positive emotions (mostly gratitude).
I was rejuvenated, and I was eager to dive back into work.
My first day back to work was at a new therapy rotation. For the first time, I was scheduled for five consecutive 1-hour sessions (my previous maximum was two consecutive sessions). New schedule, new clients, new office – a perfect reset after vacation.
But by the time my fifth client left my office, I was feeling sheer exhaustion. I felt like someone siphoned every drop of energy out of me. I ended up napping for an hour on my therapy couch (indeed, therapy couches are a real thing) before driving home. I chalked it up to jet lag.
by Kelsey Ball Fomengia, PhD | Jul 1, 2020 | Self-Care, Well BeingAnger is a complex emotion. For some, it manifests as a quiet brooding, and for others it can present as explosive and uncontained. It can show up in various ways, physiologically and psychologically, and it can be interpreted differently based on the characteristics of the person expressing it. The term “protest psychosis”  was coined by psychiatrists in the 1960s and used in psychiatric literature. This “syndrome” was invented to explain away the reasonable rage of Black Americans who were demanding an end to segregation. This effort to pathologize those participating in civil rights protests is one of the many ways that anger can be (mis)interpreted based on the characteristics of the person expressing it. However anger is presenting in your life right now, I hope that you honor where you are and know that your feelings are perfectly acceptable and fully justified. We are currently facing a unique time in modern history. No matter your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation, you are likely experiencing some degree of anger. You may be feeling angry about losing your job due to COVID-19 or, like me, you may be outraged by the recent murders of innocent Black people and the blatant disregard for Black lives. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor....