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Are You in an Emotional Crisis?

Are You in an Emotional Crisis?


Are You in an Emotional Crisis?


Are you experiencing a dramatic decline in your performance and/or change in your personal habits, such as eating or sleeping? It is not healthy to trivialize these changes, because they could be signs of an emotional crisis. According to the American Psychological Association, the most common symptoms of emotional crisis include “neglect of personal hygiene, weight gain or loss, pronounced changes in mood, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness, and withdrawal from routine activities and relationships.”

Feeling emotionally overwhelmed can happen to anyone at one time or another, and can have negative repercussions for your relationships, health, and studies/work. You don’t want that. To move forward without the overwhelming feelings, it is proactive to seek professional help and talk about the events that led to your emotional crisis.


The Roots of Your Emotional Crisis

“There are three main reasons why a person is going to experience an emotional crisis,” say the Perception Trainers. It could be brought about by a new experience that counters your beliefs, by an experience in therapy that isn’t in alignment with the work you’re doing, or by something that necessitates moving outside your comfort zone.

Not all events or factors leading to emotional crisis are negative. There are also those that are constructive, such as a job promotion, the birth of a child, or moving to a new home. These events are life transitions that require you to adjust to new roles, tasks, and opportunities. When too many changes and experiences are happening all at once, you’re more likely to become emotionally overwhelmed.

Your ability to adjust or handle challenges may also be impaired by a condition, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, etc. Any of these can trigger symptoms that affect your functionality or stand in the way of doing things. When you’re irritable, unhappy, hopeless, scared, or feeling manic, how can you even focus on the task at hand? These symptoms can further distract you from your goals and priorities.


The Ways Your Crisis May Manifest

Different people have different personalities and levels of ability to handle challenges. They will also have unique responses when confronted with life difficulties. There are individuals who manifest distress when there is an abrupt change in their life. For example, domestic troubles— financial challenges, parenting difficulties, and marital issues—can become suddenly overwhelming when combined with work or health issues. You can wake up confused, not understanding the mixed feelings of anger, frustration, worry, guilt, etc. You may also feel lost, not knowing what’s causing the emotions.

There are also people who plunge into risky or self-destructive behaviors—bingeing on food, oversleeping, avoiding people, or abusing substances—as an unconscious effort to distract from the negative emotions. Like fighting an infection, you react to these emotions to protect yourself. Without professional help, feeling overwhelmed can push you to intensify the unhealthy habits, but risky behaviors may actually worsen your symptoms.

Whatever has caused your crisis, you are likely to perceive that your life is falling apart. You may sense that your most cherished relationships are becoming strained or your performance at school or in the workplace is deteriorating. Your health may decline or your children may react to your crisis in ways that make your life more complicated. Before anything else gets worse, seek the right professional help to overcome your emotional crisis.


Surviving Your Emotional Crisis

The best strategy to address an emotional crisis is to reach out to a trustworthy and qualified counselor, like those independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Pittsboro, NC. Taming your out-of-control thoughts, feelings, and behaviors could be beyond you when you’re struggling with an emotional crisis. Trained professionals know viable and effective techniques that can help you successfully rein in your raging emotions.  

Experiencing an emotional upheaval can be scary, leaving you feeling powerless and afraid. Seeing a counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Pittsboro, NC, may not stop the crisis right away, but you can begin to ease your negative thoughts and feel better each passing day. In time, you can be your usual self, eager to face changes and challenges that can take you to your goals.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Chatham, Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, Wake, NC
Areas: Pittsboro NC, Gulf NC, Hickory Mountain NC, Hadley NC, Siler City NC, Wilsonville NC, Fearrington NC, Mandale NC, Bear Creek NC, Albright NC
Zip Codes: 27312, 27344, 27207, 27228, 27256, 27559


Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 9+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families. PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Family, couples and marriage counseling.
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