This week, Imagine Hope Counseling is discussing a difficult topic-- suicide. Our goal is always suicide prevention, but tragically, suicide is not able to be prevented nearly as often as we would hope. What are some ways you can survive the suicide of a friend or loved one? Surviving the Suicide of a Friend or Loved One
It is dire that you get help if you are dealing with a teen who is contemplating or has tried committing suicide. This is something that professionals can help you navigate and definitely something you don't want to do on your own. We have discussed the statistics, risk factors, and warning signs this week. Now what do you do to get help?
The alarmingly high rate of suicide in the U.S. emphasizes the extreme need for continual education on suicide for our youth. Suicide rates in adolescents and youth remain unacceptably high in the United States. It is our hope that through continual education to the public on the statistics, risk factors, warning signs, and possible intervention strategies for suicide, that we will collectively work together and begin to see those numbers decline. That's why Imagine Hope is dedicating an entire week to educating our readers
The alarmingly high rate of suicide in the U.S. emphasizes the extreme need for continual education on suicide for our youth. Suicide rates in adolescents and youth remain unacceptably high in the United States. It is our hope that through continual education to the public on the statistics, risk factors, warning signs, and possible intervention strategies for suicide, that we will collectively work together and begin to see those numbers decline. That's why Imagine Hope is dedicating an entire week to educating our readers.
As we have learned this week, anger is a healthy emotion, as long as it is channeled in a healthy way. Dealing with anger constructively can actually help our marriages become stronger-- and closer. In order to not allow anger to become destructive, it's important to learn how to deal with it effectively. Today, we will finish up with two more ways to deal with anger that can actually help you improve your marriage:
Hopefully you are learning ways to handle anger this week. A reminder that anger is normal, it's how you handle it that is negative or positive. We changed gears in yesterday's blog- focusing on how we can handle someone's anger in a relationship. This is a continuation of that.
It is amazing how a calming, listening ear can calm an angry soul. Sometimes when my kids are very angry I will encourage them to tell me what is going on (after some time to cool down and get it out of course!)
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion that we all experience. It becomes unhealthy when we bottle it, don’t fight fair, and use it to manipulate. Here are some additional tips to help you deal with anger-in a HEALTHY way:
Like Tamara mentioned yesterday, carefronting is a healthy formula to address issues and frustrations experienced by couples.
It's important as you read the blog this week to remember anger is a God-given emotion. It's perfectly healthy to feel anger. However, it's how we express anger that can become inappropriate or unhealthy. Here are two more tips to help when dealing with anger:
If you find yourself running into the same anger problems, or you and your spouse going round and round with the same arguments, it might be time to get some help from a third party.
Anger is normal. We all feel it from time to time. We shouldn't see anger as "bad" or try to avoid getting angry. However, HOW we show our anger and process it can be what gets us in trouble.
This week we are sharing tips to help deal with your anger in healthy ways.
Have Some Fighting Rules
Getting angry during a fight is common, but sometimes unhealthy expression of anger can cause a fight to get intense.
Freedom #5: To take risks in one's own behalf instead of choosing to be only "secure" and not rocking the boat. We have all probably been in a situation where we've had something bothering us, but have been too afraid to bring it up or make a change because of how this confrontation might effect things.
Freedom #4: To Ask for What One Wants Instead of Always Waiting For Permission Many people struggle with telling people what they really want or need. They are afraid they will appear "needy" or not strong. Usually when someone grows up in a family where their needs were secondary or they were punished (emotionally or physically) for having needs, they grow up thinking they shouldn't (there's that word again!) have any needs.
Freedom #3: To Feel What One Feels and not what one “ought” to feel. It has happened to all of us. We are in a situation where we are “should” feel happy or sad, but really we feel something completely different. The reality is that there is no “should” when it comes to feelings. We spend a lot of time and energy denying what we truly feel or hiding our true feelings from others. Hiding or not accepting our true feelings can lead to shame or self-doubt.
Freedom #2: To Say What One Feels and Thinks Instead of What One Should Feel and Think There's that "Should" word again. Whenever you use the word "Should", you're placing judgement on something/yourself. "I Should feel this way" I Should think this way".....basically you're trying to talk yourself into CHANGING your feelings.
Virginia Satir was a pioneer in the therapy world in bringing amazing concepts to life to help individuals, families, and couples. She looked at the importance of the "experience" of life and how to make it a positive one. She connected the importance of our 5 senses and what impact they have on our experiences.
Today, we will finish up this week's blog topic: Signs of adult ADD/ADHD. Impulsivity Impulsivity in adult ADD/ADHD looks like the following: Difficulty in thinking about the consequences before making a decision or having a reaction, or reacting without thinking first. Frequently interrupting others or blurting out comments before thinking. Rushing through tasks without taking the time to read the directions and ensure that the task is completed properly. Addictive tendencies. Impulsivity with sitting still during important functions or meetings, which comes across as socially inappropriate or rude to others. Overall poor self-control.