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We can experience a wide range of emotions during traumatic life events and during times of uncertainty.  It is important to know that there is no right or wrong way to feel.  We can have feelings of anxiety, distress, sadness, fear, crying spells, worry and other emotions and feelings that can effect out daily life and emotional well-being.  The following guidelines can be helpful in coping with these feelings during these type of events.


1. Understand there will be changes:  There may be destruction of homes, schools, businesses and places of worship.  It is important to take care of one's self and loved ones.  These times can be very stressful and anxiety provoking.  Please see Recovery Information link below.


2.  Get enough GOOD sleep:  Some individuals may have problems falling asleep or staying asleep through the night.  Avoid alcohol and nicotine prior to bedtime.  Do not use your cell phone or laptop in bed.  Try writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal to relieve stress.


3.  Avoid watching "too much" news:  In today's world of a 24 hour live news cycle, we can be consumed by the negativity and worry that the news broadcasts.  It is important to be aware of current circumstances, however the constant replay of news stories can increase anxiety, stress and worry.  Engage in relaxing and enjoyable activities instead of focusing on negative and anxiety provoking ideas and feelings. 


It is common to feel stress symptoms before or after a crisis because they can sometimes cause damage to property, loss of life, loss of home or place of employment and physical/emotional injury. 


ABOVE ALL, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE/LOCAL AUTHORITIES.  EVACUATE IF INFORMED TO DO SO OR IF YOU ARE IN DANGER.  CALL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY.


The following links provide further information, assistance and education:


Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event:  Managing Stress.  

http://store.samhsa.gov


National Center for PTSD  

http://ptsd.va.gov


The American Red Cross:  Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Crisis  

http://redcross.org


Disaster Mental Health for Responders

http://emergency.cdc.gov


National Child Traumatic Stress Network:  Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Children and Teenagers

http://nctsnet.org


Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events

http://samhsa.org


The Distress Line provides confidential, bilingual emotional support to anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns

1-800-985-5990






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We want everyone to have access to information regarding all mental health issues.  Some individuals may be experiencing symptoms, feelings and emotions that they do not understand or are unsure of ways to remedy these issues.  These feelings and symptoms can be distressing, confusing and result in problems in daily life.


Depression is a very common and treatable illness.  Everyone has bad days.  Everyone feels sad, overwhelmed, frustrated and angry at times.  It is when these feelings persist for two or more weeks and are effecting your daily life that depression may be present.


Symptoms of Depression may include:


  • Feeling tired, low energy, change in sleep, either sleeping more or less.
  • Decreased interest in activities/events that once were enjoyable.
  • Isolating yourself from friends and family.
  • Feeling worthless, guilty, overwhelmed and/or irritable.
  • Decreases or increases in appetite and/or weight
  • Concentration, decision-making and focusing are difficult.
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or taking your own life. 


****ALWAYS REACH OUT FOR HELP IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS PLANS OR IDEAS OF SELF HARM, SUICIDE OR HOMICIDE.  CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY OR GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY*****      



NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE:  1-800-273-8255

FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, 24-7 AVAILABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS IN DISTRESS, CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, IN CRISIS


​​Columbia Northeast Counseling Services, LLC is here to provide the vital therapeutic guidance often needed to help regain a clear and positive vision of one's personal path. Many outstanding people struggle with depression, anxiety, personal trauma, relationship problems, children and family issues, as well as work-related conflicts. Our company exists to provide dynamic services that help improve the quality of life for those in Columbia and the surrounding communities of the Midlands.


Thank you for visiting.  We welcome you to browse our website and learn more about us and the services that we provide.

"When you're in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you've been buried."


"Perhaps you've been  planted."


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- Anonymous

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Feelings of depression can often lead to feelings of Anxiety.  One may question, "Will I ever feel better?"  "What is wrong with me?"  "How am I going to be able to function today at school/work/home/with friends/family?"


 

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