All organisms have been given a fight or flight response mechanism that protects and preserves them. It is an adaptive function placed in us for the sole purpose of self-preservation. Anxiety, in a sense is an ally. When we experience a danger or a threat, the fight or flight response kicks in, adrenaline and other chemicals are activated and physical symptoms occur, rapid heart rate, palpitations, increase in blood pressure, etc. For most people these debilitating symptoms taper off and the body is restored back to it’s normal state. However, for some individuals, the adrenaline is not metabolized as easily and it may linger in the body longer. Hence, we need to look at anxiety as a physiological condition that needs behavioral adjusting, as opposed to a psychiatric illness.
“Troubled children are distanced, humiliated, and ashamed when they do something wrong and are often repeatedly blamed for something they did not do. Many of them have also learned how it feels to be blamed, over and over again, for something they did do wrong and to never be forgiven. They know how it feels to be forgotten, ignored, and abandoned.”
“Children who are repeatedly put down feel that everyone else is better and more lovable than they are. They begin to feel and believe that they will never fit in.”
“Our children need to know that they do belong, right here, with you and me.”
Most of us have come to know Memorial Day as a day off from work to have a back yard BBQ or go to the beach.
Lest not forget!
Lest not forget the true heroes of America, the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms and lives that we live today.
Lest not forget the sacrifices the Fathers of our country made and the people who fought in the Revolutionary War and again in the War of 1812 and all of the wars up to today and the wars we are currently in against terrorism.
Lest not forget the men and women who have come back from war with mental health issues like PTSD, Depression and an inability to adapt back into society.
Lest not forget Pearl Harbor and The World Trade Center.