12 common emotional problems and how to cope with them

Stress can be described as feeling overwhelmed, strained or pressured. We all experience stress in different ways and in different situations.

Anxiety. Every person reacts differently to threatening situations. That is perfectly normal. But sometimes our way of coping is not the best way for us to deal with our anxiety

Concentration and memory. It can be worrying and very scary if you forget too many or important details of your day-to-day life or if you cannot concentrate for a longer period of time or at all.

Physical pain. Body and mind interact. Any type of complaint will thus have a physical and a psychological aspect.

Avoidance behavior. When we feel sad, angry, insecure, anxious or have bad memories, a natural reaction is to try to avoid these negative emotions by avoiding situations that trigger them.

Feeling detached. Under extreme stress, these phases in which you drift away from reality can happen quite frequently, and more and more information is ‘blocked out’, sometimes even important aspects of yourself or your surroundings.

Traumatic memories. Some memories about what happened to you can take on a very specific intensity.

Arousal and aggression. An inner tension can make you feel restless, irritable, jumpy, anxious and easily startled.

Guilt means you think that somehow you did something wrong.

Feeling sad. When we feel sad, we usually have negative thoughts. You are tired, low on energy, and lose interest in activities you like.

Sleeping problems comprise not being able to fall asleep, waking repeatedly, lying awake for longer periods, or waking up much too early.

Grief. We grieve when we lose a loved one, but we grieve in other situations as well. For instance, when we lose our homes, countries, sense of security, hopes, health.