Disrupting the Cycle of Distress
I've been discussing the Cycle of Distress with an agency in Fitchburg, Massachusetts for the past couple of months. That process where stress leads to unhealthy, even desperate coping, which creates shame, which leads to more stress. I have always thought the best way to disrupt this cycle is to reduce the stress points - address those lower levels on Maslow's hierarchy of needs first, then build the executive capacity to foresee future stress and avoid it or manage it in healthy ways. I heard today that there is MA state funding coming for nutrition, housing, and other social determinants of health. I hope this is a systemic intervention for the stress of those struggling to provide for their families.