Therapeutic Word of the Day: Change

“Life is a series of change. Some changes are good, others bad. Regardless, changes are learning experiences.”

As I work with many autistic patients, many of them have problems dealing with change. Most want things to be predictable, as many struggle with overstimulation.

Change is often viewed as a bad thing by many. This is due to the pessimistic nature of humans. Most view change as some threat as they assume the change is going to be painful. However, change can be positive, and sometimes, even changes that are negative are healthy.

Regardless, change itself is a learning experience. When dealing with change, you learn more about yourself, and what your tolerances are. Sometimes change can be extremely difficult to deal with. Losing a job, for example, is often a painful experience. Most would view this as a negative event that would generate anxiety. While this is a normal feeling, there are positives to losing a job as well. Maybe another, a better job can be found. Maybe this is a sign to go into a different field or to do something else. In the end, while losing a job is negative, it can lead to good things.

Even if the change does not end up positive, we now have more information than we had. Thus, our future decisions will improve. All change is a learning experience we should embrace.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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