How to help a loved one in an emotional crisis
Recognising an emotional crisis
One of the most common signs of emotional crisis is a clear and sudden change in behaviour. Here are some signs:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Dramatic change in sleep habits – oversleeping or irregular sleep
- Weight gain or loss
- Performance drop at work or school
- Marked mood changes, e.g. agitated, anxious or sad
- Withdrawal and isolation from relationships and routine activities
- Talking about death or suicide
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Alcohol and drug misuse.
Change in behaviour can also come about gradually. If something doesn’t seem right about your loved one, compare present behaviours with those from the past few weeks or months.
If you suspect that something is wrong, it’s best to intervene early to prevent your loved one’s emotional distress from becoming an emergency crisis.
Read more about recognising emotional crisis at www.changedirection.org.