May 3, 2008

Tactics (or Tictics?)

Ok. Call me weird. I really like watching Ghosthunters and A Haunting. I guess I like feeling a bit scared and on edge. Of course I have to put on a cartoon or watch the news afterwards so I'm not too freaked out. :0)

Before Hunter was on his anti-anxiety meds he would freak out if you happened to say the word "ghost" or "haunted house" or "scary story". He would scramble up on top of you and start doing his vocal tics--like continuously clearing his throat. Sister did this too, except with the word "spider" and cow mooing sounds. She doesn't freak nearly as much as she used to since Prozac and finishing The Coping Cat workbook.

What is it in the mind that makes us like being scared? Is it a rush of adrenaline? And if so, does the adrenaline make Hunter's tics worse?

Sometimes I'll go for a walk in the cemetery and I know the boys will stay with me on the walkway because, according to Mason, "Dead bodies live in the ground." With this new knowledge they are bound to stay on the path and keep up. No problem. I use what I can.

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Ernie and Oscar learn they like different things-great for kids on the Spectrum!