Abuse: What does it look like?
Abuse happens on all levels:
- national, and
‘Tis the season to be jolly.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to actually have family, it’s time to get together. You’ll put up with Aunt Tillie’s unfiltered comments about everything from your attitude to your clothing, listen to pontifications by the patriarch, and eat that same ole tofu salad that your sister brings every year. You’ll experience dead silence when Uncle Sam’s name is mentioned – he’s still in jail. You’ll get to hear the cherished stories, be in the warm glow of family, and enjoy traditions passed down from generation to generation. You love them, even those who are rather odd. They’re family. … Oh, I forgot.
When the isolation began this year, many clients stopped coming for therapy because they didn’t know that teletherapy was available. Because I am a medical provider, clients could still come to the office if they chose to, while maintaining social distancing. When the pandemic became more widespread, my doctor advised I wear a mask in face-to-face sessions. I provide antiseptic, and I spray client areas between sessions.
We’ve all probably suffered from cabin fever at some point, but today’s required social distancing and self-isolation are new habits we all need to manage.
Some people can handle the self-isolation while others go stir crazy – and literally do crazy things. Cabin fever can make you feel: