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    The lleppnrr C.atelle-Titnen, Heppner, Oregon. Thursday. December II, I980-THREE
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Your mental health
Catastrophizing
(Editor's note: This i the sixlh in a series of articles
entitled "Your mental henlth." Headers are invited to send
comments or questions atout these articles to: Dr. Terry
Templeman, Morrow County Mental Health Services, P.O.
Box 554, Heppner, Oregon, 978.16.
This week's topic is perhaps the most serious mental rut
that people can fall into. It is called catastrophizing or
awfulizing,
Catastrophizing occurs when we tell ourselves how awful
or terrible things are when life does not go our way.
For example, a person late to a meeting may say to himself
or herself, "It will be terrible if I don't get there on time."
This kind of thinking can also occur when we have planned a
weekend only to have something come up which disrupts our
plans. At such times, it is very easy to complain how terrible
the weekend went or react to the disruption of plans as if it
were a catastrophe. All of us have engaged in such thinking
occasionally, but serious cases of it can lead to much worry
and tension.
It is interesting to consider that certain words in our
language can upset us all by themselves. Such words as
"terrible," "horrible," and "awful" are very effective in
raising our anxiety levels during even trivial situations. Test
this out for yourself.
Imagine for a moment that you are getting into your car to
go some place and that it will not start . Now tell yourself that
this is terrible, that you might be late, which would be awful,
and that it would be horrible if you can't get your car fixed
quickly. Note how simply describing the situation in these
terms brings on a feeling of nervousness, Now imagine this
same scene and tell yourself that it is unfortunate, that being
late will be disappointing but not the end of the world. Note
that such words do not trigger the same kind of tension that
the other words did.
Catastrophizing is a mental rut that gets us worked up over
many little things that run contrary to our expectations. This
kind of thinking elevates mistakes, disappointments,
frustrations, embarrassments, and inconveniences to the
level of disasters and catastrophes. It is a kind of either-or
thinking in that we either view life as running completely
smoothly or as a total calamity.
Another form of catastrophizing is "whut-if thinking."
What-if thinking is a game we learn to play as children and
sometimes have trouble giving up as adults
It consists of thinking of the worst possible thing that could
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Grains eligible for reserve
For the second year in a
row. II, S feed grain producers
will not need to set aside
acreage to be eligible for the
farmer-owned reserve, com
modity loans and target price
protection, Deputy Secretary
of Agriculture Jim Williams
said recently.
"Feed grain producers need
only to be sure they plant
within their normal crop
acreage on all farms in which
they have an interest to be
eligible for program benefits
in 1981," Williams said.
The normal crop acreages
are currently under review
and may be adjusted in cases
where appropriate to more
adequately reflect farmers'
current cropping programs
and the application of best
farming practices, Williams
said.
"With world course grain
uroduetion likelv to be down
slightly from last year, dom-
estic 1980 crop production
estimated to be 18 percent
lower than last year's crop
and the demand for grains
continuing to rise, the U S.
Department of Agriculture
expects a drawdown in stocks
and higher prices.
"The provisions of the 1981
feed grain program will allow
U.S. farmers to respond to
domestic and world market
requirements but still provide
them with price and income
protection." Williams said
He said producers should
remember the importance of
piwd farming practices as
they plan for 1981; and he
recommends against bringing
fragile lands into production.
"Farmers who plant these
lands in 19H1 will not have this
acreage added to their farms'
normal crop acreage in sub
sequent years." Williams
said
Williams said the loan price
will be at least $2.25 for corn
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happen in a given situation and then thinking of the worst
possible thing that could happen If the first thing happened,
and then thinking of the worst possible thing if that thing
happened and so on until the players are too frightened to go
any further.
The consequences of this game for adults are likely to be
ulcers, high blood pressure, fears, neurosis, marital
problems, or even depression.
An example of this kind of thinking Involves the parent
whose child is having difficulty In school. The parent may
wonder, what if my son is slower in school than other
children? And what if he is unable to learn to read? And what
if he gives up with his studies and begins acting up? And what
if he gets into trouble? And if he gets into trouble in school,
what will keep him from getting into trouble with the law?
And if he begins having trouble with the law as a child, what
if he turns into a juvenile delinquent? And what if he grows .
up to become a criminal? Or what if he never has any
friends? Or what if he never makes anything good of
himself? And so on. This kind of thinking leads not only to
anxiousness on the part of the parent, but perhaps feelings of
guilt as well.
There are two basic steps to getting out of the
catastrophizing rut. First, decide realistically what the odds
are that the worst situation will happen. Most of the things we
worry about the most do not happen very often. Hence the
person who avoids traveling by airplane because of the fear
of crashing forgets that the odds of traveling safely in an
airplane are higher than those of traveling safely in a car. In
the example given above, the parent forgot that the odds of a
child becoming a criminal simply because he or she is having
difficulty in school are very low.
The second basic step is to ask yourself this question : Even
if the worst thing were to happen, would it really be the end of
the world for me? It is surprising how many of our worst
fears are not as catastrophic as we at first think them to be.
For example, people who become anxious when they have to
speak before an audience sometimes fear that they will miss
a line or make a mistake and be laughed at. By realizing that
making such a mistake and even being laughed at by
audiences is not an earth-shaking event, their anxiety
subsides. By objectively assessing our fears, we learn to
avoid the mental rut of catastrophizing.
In next week's article, I shall discuss the mental rut of
unrealistic expectations.
from our ovens to yurs
This cake recipe is one I received from a former neighbor.
It has become a favorite recipe, not only for my family but
for many others.
It has won several awards over the years. It was also
chosen as one of the top recipes from Oregon, Washington,
California and Idaho to be published in an amateur "Favorite
Holiday Recipes" cookbook.
This recipe can also be used, not only for the holidays, but
just as a nice treat.
2 cups sugar
h cup margarine
2 eggs
5 or 6 grated, peeled apples
j teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon soda
1 small package walnuts (optional)
Whipped cream or topping
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, except for
whipped cream. Mixture shall seem stiff at first but you need
not worry, it shall be alright in the end.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 - 60 minutes in a greased
pan.
Iet cool, then top with whipped cream and chopped
walnuts.
You may like to add red and green gumdrops for a
Christmas decoration.
This cake should be served in small portions, as it is very
rich and moist.
prices would be based upon a
feed value relationship to
corn.
Feed grain target prices for
I9l crops will be announced
next spring hut will be at least
equal to the 1980 levels of $2 35
per bushel for corn: $2 50 per
bushel for sorghum and $2 55
per bushel for barley.
To qualify for full target
price protection, farmers can
not plant more corn, sorghum
or barley in 1981 than was
considered planted in these
crops this year. Farmers who
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subject to an allocation factor
that can reduce their target
price payment, if any, by up to
20 percent.
National program acreages
of 9(1 1 million acres for corn.
15 4 million acres for sorghum
and 9.7 million acres for
barley were also announced
todav. The national program
acreage is the number of
a res for each crop needed to
be planted to meet projected
domestic and export require
ments, as well as provide for
an adequate carryover.
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Flftv Years Ago
The F-astern Oregon Wheat
Ixague meeting began in
Heppner today, called to order
by John Withycombc. pres
ident. C.L. Sweek gave the
welcome and Harry Pinker
ton. Moro, responded. C,W:
Smith, league secretary, out
lined the conference program
which includes afternoon and
evening sessions today, three
sessions on Friday and morn
ing and afternoon sessions on
Saturday.
Some facts released from
the 1930 census show: Mor
row's population 4.925: Hepp
ner's. 1.188; the county's
largest wheat crop of record,
produced in 1927. was 2.689.000
bushels: 1.200.000 pounds of
wool were received at Hepp
ner this year: 51.000 head of
sheep were shipped from
Heppner up to Dec. , this
year; 160.000 pounds of but
terfat were produced in the
county this year; 103 carloads
of cattle had been shipped
from Heppner by rail up to
Dec. 1. with no check avail
able on the number shipped by
truck: Morrow County's as
sessed valuation for basing
the 1931 tax levy is $13,342,303.
Wheat output for 1930 was 1,
255.000 bushels, compared to
1929's 1.640,000 bushels. 1928's
1.445.000 bushels and the
record 2.689.0O0 bushels of
1927.
Twenty-five Years Ago
The Oregon Wheat Growers
League endorsed the "soil
bank" proposed for taking
land-producing surplus crops
out of production and putting
them into a reserve to save
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Sifting through
their productive capacity for
the future needs of the nation.
This recommendation was
made at the 28th annual
meeting of the league held in
Pendleton which Morrow
County league members
helped host.
Newt O'Harra.' Lexington,
was named acting chairman
of the newly-formed water
resources committee. Other
officers are: Russell Miller.
Boardman. vjee-chairman:
Dick Wilkinson. Heppner, sec
retary. R.B. Rands. Board
man, was named on the
executive committee and will
represent the county organ
ization at an area meeting
being held today at Pendleton.
County Judge Garnet Bar
rat, a member of the Upper
Columbia River Basin Com
mission which will end its
existence January 1 and be
replaced by the state water
resources board, explained
the activities of the commis
sion and told how the new
board would be unable to
carry on many of the projects.
A cold front which is
covering most of the north
west dropped temperatures
here to 12 and 15 degrees this
week.
Oregon's irrigated acreage
will more than double in the
next half century, a group of
Oregon State college agricul
tural water resources experts
has predicted.
Five Years Ago
About 500 people swarmed
to the fourth annual Artifac
tory to purchase home-made
arts and crafts and to watch
demonstrations of home arts.
Growing interest in the Arti-
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factory as a means of exhibit
ing as well as sales of creative
arts and crafts of Morrow
County people assures a
repeat of the popular event
next year, state the University
Women and Extension Service
as they jointly proclaim the
event an overwhelming suc
cess. Livestock Growers will hold
their annual meeting at the
Elks Club tomorrow. A Farm
City luncheon will be held at
noon with Gene Pierce as
master of ceremonies. Guest
speaker during the luncheon
will be Ron Daniels, president
of Blue Mountain Community
College.
Kathy Wilson. Heppner
High School girls athletic
coach was guest speaker at
the Chamber of Commerce.
She told of the increase in
participants in girls' sports
over the previous years.
The Heppner Mustangs bas
ketball team defeated the
Enterprise Savages in double
overtime Saturday night by a
score of 78-76. Leading scorer
for the Mustangs was Dave
McLachlan with 37 points,
followed by Dave Allstott with
13. Clayton Wilson and Tim
Skow had 6 points each.
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TOYSTOTS
DANCE
SAT. DEC 20
9 P.M.-1 A.f.1.
Bucknum's Tavern
BIG FOOD
Frozen Chicken -Si.
& Parts
Cut-up fryers 89 lb.
Whole fryers 79 lb
Breasts I59 !b
Thighs J39 ,b
Legs 1IS lb
Wings 09 lb
Rump Roast
USDA Choice boneless
Round Steak
GROCERY
676-9614
Morrow County reported an
unemployment rate of 4.7
percent in October which tied
with Malheur and Jefferson
Counties for the lowest rate in
Oregon.
Grand Squares
meet, schedule
Christmas dance
Grand Squares had an
informal and enjoyable time
at their regular dance Sat.,
Dec. 8. at the American
Legion Hall, lone.
Ron Davis, Rock Creek,
member of the club, called in
place of Darrel Wilson. Dor
othy Warren, Lexington, also
called.
Shirley McNary, lone,
called the round dance and
instructed the new couples,
John and Debbie Nordheim,
Heppner, and Loren and Delia
Heideman, lone.
Their next dance will be
Friday. Dec. 19. It will be the
Grand Squares Christmas
dance.
Everyone is to bring some
thing that equals one pound
Jnr the gift exchange.
Heppner
SAVINGS
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Market
MEAT
676.9288