Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Psychological and emotional distress

Black's Law Dictionary defines "mental anguish" or "emotional distress"' as an element of damages including "the mental suffering resulting from the excitation of the more poignant and painful emotions, such as grief, severe disappointment, indignation, wounded pride, shame, public humiliation, despair, etc."

Previous research indicates that emotional distress plays a role in the development of adolescent alcohol use, particularly patterns of problematic use. Adolescents who display higher levels of emotional distress are less likely to regulate their emotions effectively and are more likely to select unsuccessful coping strategies, resulting in maladaptive outcomes.

The model posits that psychological and emotional distress is a fundamental link between socioeconomic disadvantage and weight gain. At particular risk are children growing up in a disharmonious family environment, mainly caused by parental socioeconomic disadvantage, where they are exposed to parental frustrations, relationship discord, a lack of support and cohesion, negative belief systems, unmet emotional needs and general insecurity.

The current study tests the hypothesis that adolescents who display higher levels of emotional distress and deficits in their ability to cope with distress may be at greater risk to drink on days in which they experience heightened negative mood (indicative of self-medication) and at increased risk to experience negative mood as a result of drinking episodes (indicative of greater drinking consequences) potentially due to their lower capacity to manage or recover from the aftereffects of drinking episodes (International Journal of Emotional Education Volume 4, Number 1, April 2012).
Psychological and emotional distress
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