HOW TO HELP IF IM UPSET

I do not like to feel angry or upset, but like most people these powerful emotions can sometimes get the better of me. You can reduce the amount of anxiety and stress I feel if you can spot the kind of things that can trigger these negative feelings. You will also notice some strange behaviours I display when I start to become overwhelmed by these powerful feelings.

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Triggers

These are some of the things that can cause me to become upset and distressed:

• People telling me to do something over and over again

• Unexpected visitors can sometime break my routine and upset me

• Expected visitors arriving late, early or not at all

• People trying to have physical contact with me. i.e. trying to shake my hand

• People trying to make eye contact with me

• Shouting or angry voices

• Crowds of people

• Strange environments


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Signs of stress

I do not like to feel angry or upset, but like most people these powerful emotions can sometimes get the better of me. You can reduce the amount of anxiety and stress I feel if you can spot the kind of things that can trigger these negative feelings. You will also notice some strange behaviours I display when I start to become overwhelmed by these powerful feelings.

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Reducing My Anger and Distress

I find it difficult to share my problems with people, however, one of my support workers, Barry has worked at Felbrigg House for a few years now I have grown to feel most comfortable sharing my concerns and emotions with him. He has learnt how to help me process my feelings without me becoming too overwhelmed.

 

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I take medication daily to reduce my anxiety levels. Without my medication I can become very distressed. My medicine normally keeps me calm and relaxed but if I do become angry or distressed it can be hard to calm me down and I’ll lose control of my emotions, putting on a big display to express how frustrated I am. If this happens you should do the following things:

 

• Try to take my mind off what it is that is upsetting me
• Remind me that I should ‘be good’
• Sometimes, suggesting a walk is helpful
• Talk me through a simple breathing exercise, breath in and out to show me how it’s done
• If I don’t respond to any of these, it’s best to leave me on my own so I can calm down natually, without the distraction of an audience
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Adapted From: “I am Adrian” eBooks.
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