Problematic Coping Strategies
We tolerate that which we believe we cannot change. Your distress doesn't have to be tolerated.
The following symptoms can be eliminated through effective psychotherapy:
EXCESSIVE DRINKING: drinking alcohol to excess
DRUG ADDICTION: over-reliance on or abuse of prescription or recreational drugs
IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEMS: relying on angry outbursts, addictive behaviors, and temporary releases to distract and discharge anxiety and aggression
COMPULSIVE OVER-EATING: eating more than is necessary to satisfy physiological hunger
COMPULSIVE SPENDING: spending money on clothes, cars, watches, wine, etc. as a way to boost the ego and bind anxiety
COMPULSIVE GAMBLING: having little to no control over gambling activities; wanting to stop gambling but not being able to
POOR COPING SKILLS: relying on distractions instead of facing and handling problems (see Defense Mechanism section)
FEELING AVOIDANCE: avoiding feelings altogether (your own and/or the feelings of others you should care about)
PSYCHOSOMATIC CONDITIONS: suffering from physical symptoms without an identifiable medical cause (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, nausea, etc.)
EXHIBITIONISM: wealth flaunting or other exhibitionistic behavior as a way to elevate your mood or distract from anxiety.