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(p. 91) Session 5: Channeling Negative Emotions Into Productive Outlets 

(p. 91) Session 5: Channeling Negative Emotions Into Productive Outlets
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(p. 91) Session 5: Channeling Negative Emotions Into Productive Outlets
Author(s):

W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

and Jeffrey Peter Wincze

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199307173.003.0007
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date: 14 November 2018

In this session the patient learns how to channel negative states into productive outlets that help prevent seizures or other target symptoms. The negative state is viewed as a “demand for action.” Two types of productive action to deal with a negative state are (1) action aimed at relieving the source of the negative state, and (2) action aimed at relieving oneself of the effects of the negative state. This chapter guides the seizure counselor in supporting patients in their transformation of negative states into productive action. Patients are encouraged to continue using Thought Records for seizures to help process situations, moods, thoughts, beliefs, and evidence, and to generate alternative thoughts.

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