Loss or Grief: Experiencing the death of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, or any major loss can lead to profound emotional distress.
Trauma: Exposure to traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters, physical or emotional abuse, or violence can cause emotional distress, including conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Chronic Stress: Prolonged exposure to stressors, whether related to work, finances, family, or other life circumstances, can result in emotional distress over time.
Mental Health Conditions: Conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia can cause ongoing emotional distress. These conditions often require professional treatment.
Physical Health Issues: Chronic illness, pain, or disability can have a significant impact on emotional well-being, leading to distress.
Substance Abuse: Substance abuse or addiction can lead to emotional distress, as well as exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues.
Relationship Problems: Conflicts, breakups, or strained relationships with family, friends, or romantic partners can cause emotional distress.
Financial Hardships: Facing financial difficulties, such as job loss, debt, or economic instability, can be emotionally distressing.
Isolation and Loneliness: A lack of social support and feelings of isolation can contribute to emotional distress.
Major Life Changes: Significant life transitions, such as moving to a new city, starting a new job, or becoming a parent, can be sources of stress and emotional distress.
Environmental Factors: Exposure to environmental stressors like pollution, noise, or a lack of safety can impact emotional well-being.
Discrimination and Social Injustice: Experiences of discrimination, racism, or social injustice can lead to emotional distress, particularly for marginalized groups.
Personal Expectations and Pressure: Self-imposed or external pressure to meet high expectations in various aspects of life, such as academics, career, or appearance, can contribute to emotional distress.
It's important to note that emotional distress is a common human experience, and everyone encounters it at some point in life. Coping strategies and resilience vary from person to person. Seeking support from friends, family, or mental health professionals can be essential for managing and recovering from emotional distress. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe or prolonged emotional distress that is interfering with daily life, it's advisable to seek help from a mental health professional or counselor. They can provide guidance, coping strategies, and treatment options tailored to the specific situation.
1. not being properly prepared to handle a crisis - not having the coping skills needed
2. financial crisis - loss of job, rent's overdue, getting evicted
3. loss or illness of a loved one, human or animal
4. relationship issues - breaking up, significant other is cheating, not getting along with parents, etc
5. humiliation, belief one has brought dishonor to themselves or their families
6. failure - getting fired from a job, not passing an important test or class, getting arrested
7. physical illness such as depression, or other serious health problems
Sometimes life just hands you too much, and it's one problem after another after another, and every time you try to bounce back something else comes along and knocks you down before you can really get back on your feet again.
It's important to have a support network, seek help, and use whatever resources are out there to try to cope with life - sometimes it isn't easy!
I associate mental distress with some sense of fear/sadness and impaired sense of self and safety. Mental distress is a signal that something matters, something is asking me to pay attention and seek a remedy; it is not asking me to endure!
Discomfort can lead to awareness of choice, to recognizing we have options; discomfort tells me I might prefer to experience life differently and invites me to investigate.
Dana recommends the following next steps:
For those not impacted by above - it’s generally then brought on by our inability to control or fix one or more situations / problems - and the anxieties that build one on top of the other.
Can be personal or professional or both.
Ways to minimize this:
- be clear if issue is yours or not
- do not let others put monkey on your back
- fix issues quickly/progress vs perfection
- parter with others to help you
- keep a list
- stay healthy - diet, exercise
- smile - and thank Gos for the great things you have
If anxiety or distress continues seek help - it’s ok to go see a professional.