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What do Stress and Resilience have to do with
my mental health?
As children and adolescents, learning how to rebound from a failure is an important part of developing a healthy, self-confident outlook. Not learning to tolerate failure can leave both feeling vulnerable or anxious.
As Adults, when the inevitable failure does occur, whether it happens in college or at work, it may create an unnecessary hurdle or reaction. Distress or frustration tolerance is an important life skill to master. Building that skill set is necessary to succeed in future endeavors, whether it’s personal goals, academic goals, or just learning how to effectively deal with other people.
If an Adult has problems functioning because of a fear of failure, therapy may be a good option.
How can Trauma affect me as an adult?
Adult suffers may develop emotional disturbances such as extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, survivor’s guilt, or PTSD. They may experience ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, encounter turbulence in their personal and professional relationships, and feel a diminished sense of self-worth due to the overwhelming amount of stress.
Many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development, to abuse, neglect, homelessness, domestic violence, or violence in their communities.
Traumatic experiences often arouse strong, disturbing feelings that may or may not abate on their own. In the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event, it is common to experience shock or denial. A person may undergo a range of emotional reactions, such as fear, anger, guilt, and shame. Feelings of helplessness and vulnerability are also common. Some may experience flashbacks and other signs of PTSD. Traumatic memories fade naturally with time. The persistence of symptoms is a signal that professional help is needed.