WHAT IS THE CRISIS INTERVENTION IN MENTAL HEALTH?
The Chinese characters that represent the word “crisis” mean, appropriately, both danger and opportunity. Crisis is a danger because it threatens to overwhelm the individual or his family, and it may result in suicide or a psychotic break. It is also an opportunity because during times of crisis individuals are more receptive to the therapeutic influence. Prompt and skillful intervention may not only prevent the development of a serious longterm disability, but may also allow new coping patterns to emerge that can help the individual function at a higher level of equilibrium than before the crisis.
The outcome of a psychological crisis can be either growth or deterioration; it is a decisive moment. A person in crisis faces a problem that he cannot readily solve by using the coping mechanisms that have worked for him before. As a result, his tension and anxiety increase, and he becomes less able to…
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