Types of Crises

As a Skilled Emotional Crisis Helper, it is important to understand the type of crises that your friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor is facing. Understanding these types of crises will help you be better equipped to know how to help them process and overcome the emotions they are facing because of the crises.

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Single-Episode Exposure Crisis

Single-Episode Exposure crisis events encompass a wide variety of life experiences, including natural disasters, auto accidents, crimes, and a loss of loved ones, to name a few.

These Single-Exposure crises may not be as overwhelming as some of the other types of crises mentioned here, however, it greatly depends on how the individual experiences the event and the outcome depends largely on the individual’s adaptive coping skills.

Cumulative/Multiple Exposure

Unfortunately, traumatic life experiences are cumulative in nature. Given what we now know of the Brain, the crisis event and the traumatic experiences are entered into the brain’s database. As people walk through life, they accumulate pain, hurt, and trauma resulting in a build up of emotions that unless “debriefed” remain with the individual throughout their life causing many emotional and psychological issues.

Deliberate Cumulative/Multiple Exposure

Numerous studies indicate that exposure to prolonged stressors deliberately inflicted by other people are more difficult to resolve than accidents or natural disasters. The above listed types of crises events can be difficult to resolve, experiences that result in the most serious

Why do People Complete Suicide?

There are so many myths and misunderstandings about why someone completes suicide. I have spoken about this when Robin Williams completed suicide, and have read a host of research and books about several theories regarding this reality.

Matthew Warren, Rick and Kay Warren's son who completed suicide.

Matthew Warren, Rick and Kay Warren’s son who completed suicide.

Recently, as a result of my Google Alerts regarding suicide that I receive several times a day, I came across a blog that I believe, helps us understand that suicide is not about being selfish, not about wanting to hurt loved ones and cause them pain because they are left behind, but is about the emotional pain the individual is facing.

To read the informative blog click here (you will be taken to another site).

To watch a short video that I made not long after Robin Williams death, click the play button below.

Until next time,

Dr. Mike

Don’t Give God a Bad Name-Don’t Say this to Someone Going through a Crisis

One of the Worst things to say to someone going through a crisis is, “Everything happens for a reason” or “God has a plan. We cannot yet see that plan, but somehow the suffering your going through now is for a purpose and reason. God has a good reason for it. Just trust God.”

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Why don’t we think about that statement for a minute. Have you every thought that can cause a person to turn away from God or to view God in a negative way? How could that happen you might ask?

At first it sounds logical and pious, spiritual, godly, with a desire from us who say it, to make God and the crisis or tragedy make sense. But think about it for a moment, it really says,

A Detailed Account of a Suicide Attempt

stress I want to direct you to a blog post that provides us with an “education” of the anatomy of an attempted suicide.

This young lady lost her Dad to suicide at the age of 60, which is a population of seniors who are taking their life in record number. When you click the link below you will be taken to her blog post. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it and then text me at 417-501-9662, or chat with me online, or send me an email about any questions or issues this story might bring up for you.

It is important when you read this, to remember that people complete suicide not to kill themselves, but to escape the pain they are feeling as a result of life crisis. In addition, when suicide is introduced into a family, there is a greater likelihood that another family member will attempt or complete suicide. I look forward to hearing from you.

Until Next Time,

Dr. Mike

To read the detailed account of an attempted suicide click here!