The tactics are composed of the defect and the workaround components. The defects are not equivalent to symptoms; rather, the defects are the unbearable weakness manifested in our symptoms. The workarounds are the ways that I have identified to live with the disordered thoughts so as to minimize their impacts. For you who live beyond June 19th of 2007, you have to attend more to the defects at both the physical and mental level as well as their interactions. So they say, know thy enemy and, admit it, we are our own worst enemy. What is to be presented are just some examples of our defects and the means to work around them—just it would take too many more words to cover them all. lol 8-X
An example of the tactics under the "In your head" category is...
Defect: Visions of the future | Workaround: Flight 1549: What you see might not be the end result.
Visions of mishaps are one of the most annoying and intrusive symptoms. They come into your mind either unannounced or get triggered by certain topics or sights of objects.
For a long time, I had this vision and delusion of air crash. The heavy traffic over the Manhattan sky didn’t help. Still remember vividly how it felt, one day, when this acquaintance told me, “I have joined the air force!” The first thing came to my mind—crash. While it makes me feel scared to “foresee” bad things, it also makes me feel bad because it is as if I were wishing bad things to happen to people. Then, there came this day when that gentleman landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson, sort of next door, while all on board miraculously walked on water safe and sound.
From then on, when visions and delusions of horrors alike occur, I thought of Flight 1549.
For all these years, I still could not break the associations between the accidents and the whole flight chapter in my life—regardless the dosage of Seroquel I was/am on, and my mental state. Yet, Flight 1549 offered me an alternative way to work with symptoms alike. Essentially, well, even if I cannot defy the impact of them visions and delusions, I can always think of Flight 1549 and say to myself, “Even you really have some strange capability to see what lies beyond, look at Flight 1549, it’s not until after the event will you know the actual outcome.”