Most of us feel sad, anxious, stressed or disappointed at times. However, for some of us these feelings are so intense that they become overwhelming and can sometimes even feel a bit like panic. Intense emotions are characterised by emotional outbursts, feeling out of control and/or withdrawal from situations rather than managing them. Difficulty managing emotions can impact many areas of life, including mood, relationships, work and parenting. The ability to regulate emotion develops as the brain matures and is influenced by many factors including genes, personality and experience. For adults struggling with overwhelming emotions, it is important to know that much of our ability to regulate emotion takes place in parts of the brain that continue to regenerate throughout our lifetime. This means that it is always possible to learn more effective ways to manage emotion and ‘rewire’ the brain to turn those new skills into habits. Many of our habitual ways of managing emotion can be shaped in childhood. For that reason, although I no longer have the facilities to see younger children and adolescents, I am happy to work with parents of young children or adolescents who have frequent tantrums or withdrawal, to help parents understand how skills like managing anxiety and anger develop, and how children’s emotion regulation can be positively influenced by strategic parenting skills.
Some signs of overwhelming emotion in kids, adolescents and adults are:
Self harm and suicide thoughts
Bouts of intense sadness, anxiety, panic or agitation
Distressing emotional outbursts in adults and frequent tantrums in children
Signs of stress such as being on edge and exhausted.
Low self esteem
Difficulty separating from parents
Avoiding interactions with others
Constantly searching for ways to become calm and balanced
A history of difficulties in personal relationships
Difficulties controlling things like food intake, alcohol, spending, gambling, porn, gaming or internet use.
Working with intense emotion often involves managing more than one factor, the first step is taking a thorough history to understand why these powerful emotions make sense. It is also important to stabilise eating disorder symptoms, depression or anxiety if present, and begin to discover new skills for managing emotions better. Appropriate strategies are drawn from evidence based therapies such as Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and mindfulness.
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