The world is in crisis mode right now. A global pandemic for the last year and a half has created trauma and a heightened sense of awareness to the global population. On top of the general stress of what is happening in the world with war, disease, economic meltdowns, homelessness, and other factors, the tragedies that unfold in our personal lives, either due to these public crises or not, drastically increase our levels of stress, despair, anxiety, and depression.
According to the Holmes-Rahe stress scale, there are several major life changing events that might call for therapy. The stress scale indexes common top life stressors so that those that meet the criteria qualify for assistance covered by insurance and reduced out of pocket costs. What are some examples of these stressors? Take a look below. Are there any that are going on in your life right now?
You might be asking, “how can a stressor be positive?” Remember, a stressor is an event or situation that causes stress — it doesn’t have to be negative and it doesn’t have to be major. Joyous occasions, like marriage and graduation, can be stressful life events that result in positive trauma. The expectations and anxiety around good life changing events can be overwhelming. Here’s a few examples of life changing events you may want:
Please note that these are just a few of the common stressors. Please click here to see the full Holmes-Rahe inventory. Remember, a licensed therapist is the only one able to diagnose and advise insurance.
Human beings are social creatures. Without a network of support systems, we often find that our quality of life and life expectancy decline. Remember, trauma is necessary to help us grow, adapt, and survive in this ever changing world. Working through it is necessary to be successful. Talking with friends, loved ones, religious leaders, therapists, or other venues designed to support mental health and well-being give us comfort. They help us process what has happened in our lives, and enable us to overcome grief. Reaching out for help is often the first step in recovering from loss or getting back on your feet after a major life-changing event.
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