Life Crises

Everyone's life is filled with ups and downs and daily stresses, many of which can be managed on one's own. Life crises, however, are those events and circumstances that are stressful or traumatic enough to interfere with normal functioning and that may potentially lead to greater problems, such as substance abuse or suicidal thoughts and attempts. Even with healthy coping skills, life crises like loss, grief or abuse may simply become too much for an otherwise healthy person to handle, requiring the assistance of a Houston Methodist psychiatric professional to help you work through them.
While life crises may be easily identifiable (the death of a loved one, job loss or divorce), the right way to work through them may not be apparent. Not knowing how to properly grieve a loss or practice healthy stress management and anti-anxiety techniques can cause some people to "self-medicate" with drugs, alcohol or other dangerous behaviors or develop other conditions such as major depression. People already suffering from conditions like depression or anxiety disorders have the highest risk of these reactions being exacerbated during times of extreme stress.

Treating Life Crises
Therapy for a life crisis focuses on helping you work through the event and associated emotions, while also teaching healthier responses to the original stress factor. Houston Methodist’s psychiatric staff will help guide you thought your life crisis and provide you with valuable coping mechanisms for immediate and future use. We recognize that mental health disorders are complex and require clinical care tailored to your needs. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will provide individualized treatment plans and comprehensive care, any may include the following:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • General counseling 
  • Inpatient care 
  • Medication therapy