How do you know if you are in an Emotional Crisis?

Do you ever say:

‘I feel like I am having a breakdown’ or
‘I think I am losing it’?

Often a crisis is a response to a life altering event such as a loved one getting sick or having an accident, a sudden relationship break up or having a traumatic event such as a robbery or assault.

Crisis intervention is an immediate response, which can help and have a long term effect. Some of the symptoms you might experience will be both physical and emotional.

Some of the physical symptoms include:

•    Body aches, headaches, back aches
•    Weakness, dizziness, fatigue
•    Heart palpitations, sweating and chills
•    Changes in your sleeping pattern (can’t sleep or oversleeping)
•    A decrease or increase in appetite
•    Increase in frequency of colds and other illnesses

Some emotional symptoms are:

•    Intense anxiety
•    Fear, shame, anger
•    Numbness (a person can protect themselves by detachment)
•    Depression (lack of interest, crying spells, feeling of hopelessness)
•    Flashbacks (people often re-experience or recurrent thoughts of the traumatic event)
•    Nightmares (some flashbacks happen during sleep which get intensified through dreams)

How do you cope with an emotional crisis?

Here are some suggestions I have which have proven to be helpful.

Talking is healing. Talking about the experience always helps and when you do speak to someone be sure they are nonjudgmental.

Recognize your feelings, don’t avoid them. Join a support group or get involved with something that is meaningful to you.

Most importantly, give yourself time to heal and seek help from a professional who is trained in trauma and/or crisis intervention.

Always surround yourself with supportive family and friends.

Repressing your thoughts can lead to other problems. The sooner you deal with your experience, the sooner you will live your life to the fullest.

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