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Resolving Emotional Crisis and Preserving Life Gains

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Resolving Emotional Crisis and Preserving Life Gains

 

Waking up on the “wrong side of the bed” and having a bad day occasionally happen to a lot of people. It isn’t something to worry about, even if it extends beyond a few days. When it becomes persistent, though, so that it is affecting the many aspects of your adult life, it is best to see a behavioral health professional. It might not be just a “bad day” or days – you could be in the middle of an emotional crisis.

What is an emotional crisis? An emotional crisis is a reaction that is so intense it is unusually difficult to function. It is triggered by an unexpected and overwhelming event, ranging from the demise of a loved one, an accident, the loss of a job, a breakup or divorce, bankruptcy, moving to another neighborhood or school, etc. The powerful emotions that come along with the crisis can affect one’s ability to act and think in a competent, purposeful and rational manner.

It isn’t rare. According to the American Psychiatric Foundation, emotional crisis affects 16 million or one in every four adult Americans. Adults are particularly vulnerable as adulting comes with a lot of responsibilities. When aware that much must be achieved within a limited time and many people depend on them to live and succeed in their own life goals, the pressure builds up. Given all these and the everyday challenges of their careers/jobs, relationships, emotional overwhelm may increase to become a crisis.

 

Triggers of Adult Overwhelm

Becoming an adult is a wonderful way to ease into the difficult phase of adolescence. Adulthood, however, is not always a “bouquet of flowers.” Despite the gifts of maturity, there are numerous challenges that go with it, as they assume a lot of responsibilities as a husband/wife, parent, son/daughter, and a worker/professional. Those responsibilities are not necessarily obstacles. These can be motivations to be better. Having too many responsibilities, nonetheless, can also cramp an adult’s lifestyle, options and independence.

There are several classes of emotional crisis. The classification is determined by the source of the trigger or stressor. It could be “dispositional” when the trigger is emanating from the workplace or home. It can be referred to as “developmental” when the trigger is linked to maturational issues, such as independence and identity. Emotional overwhelm that can lead to emotional crisis may also be triggered by life transitions and traumatic events as these bring about more responsibilities and/or challenges. This is aptly called “transitional.”

Having an emotional condition can also complicate the affected one’s responses to various life events. This trigger is called “psychopathology.” Persons who are taking several medications or who abuse addictive or intoxicating substances – drugs and alcohol – can have impaired cognitive functioning, leading to emotional incompetence. Correspondingly, this trigger is referred to as “psychiatric emergencies.”

 

The Impact of Emotional Crisis

Emotional crisis is an important concern. If you are experiencing intense emotions, there is a possibility that it can affect your ability to think and act sensibly or do tasks in an efficient method. Experts, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) believe that emotional crisis can start with overwhelm as it shakes up, not only your physical health, but your emotional well-being as well.

Emotional crisis needs attention. It can contribute to or confound your medical issues – heart conditions, diabetes, hypertension, etc.  It can also weaken the immune system, cause insomnia, or cause you to eat more or less, contributing to your excessive weight gain/obesity or loss. APA also says that the condition may also be connected to emotional conditions and issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and ADHD.

For instance, people with ADHD can have greater difficulty when it comes to adjusting. “They tend to see the world in a different perspective. They experience life in a more intense manner compared to other folks or neurotypicals,” says Dr. William Dodson. The past, present and future are never distinct or separate. These can result in them being more vulnerable to emotional overwhelm as well as emotional crisis.

 

The Signs of Emotional Crisis to Spot

Emotional crisis has external manifestations. These usually involve sudden changes in their behavior. Their sleeping and eating patterns may change, so they may dramatically gain or lose weight. They may change their routines, neglect their personal hygiene, withdraw from social relationships, and/or perform poorly at work. Emotional crisis can similarly be presented in terms of medical conditions – lethargy, headaches, digestive problems, etc.

It also has emotional symptoms that are akin to the symptoms of conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Sadness and fears are some common manifestations. Other typical symptoms include dramatic mood shifts, irritability, feeling of insecurity, distrust, self-reproach, and loss of interest in many things or people. The condition may also affect your cognition, so you may experience disorientation, skepticism and poor concentration.

The red flags to watch out for are the self-harm tendencies, hopelessness, and aggressiveness. These can be manifested through violence, involvement in risky activities, substance abuse, fixation with death, and destructive behavior. If you or a loved one is having these kinds of signs and symptoms, be vigilant because these can test your ability to rise above your struggles and ably deliver what is expected from you. Times like this, seeking emotional first aid can only come from a professional.

 

Facing Emotional Crises

If you are in the midst of an emotional crisis, you could be wondering if you will ever be free from all the overwhelming feelings again. As the emotions assail you on a day to day basis, the tendency is to lose hope. During this trying time, it is natural to seek help from family and friends. They will be there to pull you out of bed, lend an ear to listen to all your woes, or offer a shoulder you can cry on. If they lack the professional training, though, they may not be able to help you bounce back from the crisis.

Reaching out is productive. The support of your family and friends is undeniably motivating and inspiring. This is, however, not enough when you have an emotional crisis. To develop resilience, be able to adjust and move forward, you need to find the right help – the help of a trained professional.

It is a fact that restoring one’s physical and emotional health is a natural human desire. The two are linked. It is easier to be emotionally well when you are physically healthy, and vice versa. This means that you can recover more easily from the most distressing life events, or medical conditions, if you are physically and emotionally well, respectively. The assistance of a therapist or counselor can be extremely valuable in addressing emotional crisis and preserving your life gains.

 

Moving Forward with the Right Assistance

Now that you are an adult, your chest of memories probably contains so many life gains that you want to preserve them. These are the fruits and rewards of your hard work, resilience and creativity. It would be extremely difficult, however, to carry on when you are emotionally overwhelmed to the extent that it has become a crisis. This is why you must seek professional help as soon as you experienced or noticed some signs of extreme overwhelm from an experienced counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC.

An emotional crisis does not choose its victims. Whoever you are and whatever is the cause of your issues, it can throw you off-kilter. The condition can result in your feeling misconstrued, so you start avoiding people while struggling with poor self-esteem and sadness. It can cause you to delay seeking help even from family and friends. Like a medical condition, emotional crisis calls for treatment to ease your pain. Prompt treatment can prevent overwhelm from becoming a full-blown emotional crisis.

Do you feel you are being thrown off-kilter because of intense emotional issues? If it is being caused by overwhelm or an emotional crisis, you need help. The right help is available right in your neighborhood. CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC is now open to serve you.

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  • Shnika Davis LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Depression, Substance Abuse, Life transitions, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Adjustments Disorders, Family, Couples and Marriage
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