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The Journey to Recover from an Emotional Crisis


The Journey to Recover from an Emotional Crisis


Everyone has his or her own share of struggles in life at one time or another. It is a reality that life’s journey has many ups and downs and twists and turns down the road. The path is never straight and there are occasions when you may have to take a detour to be where you want to be in life. There are times when life altering events, such as an illness, death, or an assault can plunge you into a deep emotional crisis that you vent about being in a mess or having a breakdown.

It is natural to feel overwhelmed and afraid. Experiencing an intense emotional ordeal can cause you to feel like you are stuck in an internal turmoil. It can leave you paralyzed from the inability to face the situation you are in. Recognizing an emotional breakdown  is important in order to process the array of feelings, ranging from doubt, fear, uncertainty, anger, to inadequacy, and more.


When the Going Gets Tough

An emotional crisis is a reaction to an intense pressure that can overwhelm an individual to the extent that may compromise his or her professional or personal well-being. Any major life-altering event can trigger powerful emotions that may interfere in one’s daily functioning and inhibit competent, purposeful and rational way of behaving and thinking.

An emotional crisis may be precipitated by any number of potential unforeseen events which may temporarily overwhelm your coping mechanism. The ability to recognize yourself as being in a crisis is central to making a good decision on how to find the best options and resources to respond in a healthy manner. Your decision will depend on how severe you perceive your emotional crisis is.


Potential Causes of Emotional Crisis:


  • Relationship problems
  • Career demands
  • Financial difficulties
  • Death of a loved one
  • Life transition events
  • Underlying physical or emotional health issues
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Poor diet
  • Traumas, such as abuse or assault


Any of these issues may single-handedly overload a person’s emotions, but an emotional crisis can often occur when you are bombarded with multiple stressors, resulting in conflicting emotions at the same time. It is usually difficult for a person experiencing an emotional crisis to verbalize exactly how the feelings came about. Behavioral changes are often the giveaway signs, as well as the significant change in a person’s daily routine.


Detecting an Emotional Crisis in Yourself or Others

An emotional crisis does not only involve the person struggling with it, but everyone near may also feel afraid, overwhelmed and unsafe. Whether you have experienced a relationship breakup, conflict within the family, immense financial difficulties, or feel like the world is crashing down on you, resolving an emotional crisis and preserving life gains is important to prevent crippling consequences, such as self-harm or threat to the safety and lives of others.

An emotional crisis is easily decipherable following the common symptoms that accompany it. They may include, but not limited to, feelings of anger, fear, hopelessness and shame, an intense explosion of anxiety, depression, lethargy and crying spells. Sometimes, however, it is not easily detectable to others. When suppressed for a long period, one may not even know the condition exists. Symptoms may surface through physical indications, such as body aches, fatigue, numbness, heart palpitations, sweating, and significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns.


An Important Concern that Warrants Professional Help

Allowing an emotional crisis to persist without treatment can bring about a lot of adversities which can be extremely difficult to resolve on your own. Unresolved, it can worsen to such an extent that it may stimulate a wide range of detrimental symptoms and consequences. If the condition remains untreated, your ability to adjust well to change can be potentially incapacitated.

This means your ability to fulfil tasks and obligations may be challenged. The negative feelings can cause you to avoid people, leading to depression. Frequent anxiety attacks can lead to loss of opportunities. If any symptoms seem familiar, it is not wise to shy away from taking a closer look into them. An essential aspect in confronting an emotional crisis is to identify and recognize these feelings as valid and necessary, no matter how deeply you wish to run away from them.

No emotional crisis, however, is more urgent than self-harming thoughts and behavior, or threats to inflict harm on others. It is not unusual for an individual with an emotional crisis to have brief thoughts about self-harm. It becomes irregular and alarming when the idea is considered as the sole solution to the problem that caused the crisis. Without a credible counselor to assist you, you may panic and complicate the events or their consequences, sinking you deeper into the midst of your emotional crisis.

Do not put off seeking help for yourself or for someone else dwelling on thoughts of self-harm or developing a plan to harm others. This is the time for professional intervention to come in and make a difference in putting you or a loved one back on track to good emotional health.


Taking the Road to Recovery and Healing

It is understandable to strengthen your defences as part of your recovery plan by using your personal support system. There is nothing wrong with self-help or seeking help from people who care about you and with whom you feel connected. Humans thrive when nurtured and supported by a circle of trusted people. Unfortunately, it can be more damaging despite all the good intentions. It can leave you vulnerable and profoundly ashamed or guilty about your feelings or current situation.

When you are struggling with an emotional crisis, you may want to be invisible, unnoticed, or even go into hiding to feel safer, which is not really good for your well-being. Recovering from an emotional crisis is better to be looked upon as a process that works in intentional stages. Like embarking on a journey, your safety is a foremost concern.

Reaching out to a friend or family member may be a good starting point to begin the journey, but professional help is the best way to bring you to complete recovery and healing. Working with a therapist with specialized training to understand and treat the complex emotions, behavior and symptoms is what it takes to resolve an emotional crisis. Such expertise is especially warranted when the condition has reached crisis level.

Finding opportunities during an emotional crisis includes benefiting from emotional and behavioral health counseling available from a skilled counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. You will never be alone in your journey. The next time that your mind tells you that you are in a mess or having a breakdown, listen to that imposing voice as it guides you straight down the road to your recovery and healing.

The road to recovery and healing may be scattered with bumps and sharp curves along the way, but you will always have the unconditional support of the right fit professional independently contracted with CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. Grab that opportunity now! Call today to request an appointment.

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