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Types of Crisis in Mental Health


Trials and tribulations are a part of life. We often cannot escape these struggles and, instead, require a person to endure the situation until they come out on the other side. At this point, they have hopefully learned as much as they can from their experience and are able to move on. In some cases, people need professional intervention in order to manage. Banyan Treatment Centers Pompano is breaking down some of the types of crisis in mental health.


What Is a Crisis?

The term crisis refers to a life event that a person deems as stressful, so much so that they find their normal coping skills insufficient. These events have the potential to completely rewire how a person views the world, and if not properly addressed, they can have serious consequences. In regard to mental health, a crisis does not necessarily refer to the traumatic event but rather to an individual’s reaction to the event.

Some events can be debilitating, but there is something else worth considering: out of trial comes the most sensational growth. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters—one represents danger and one represents opportunity.” While this interpretation has been recognized as incorrect, it still highlights a deep amount of wisdom, implying that we have the power to make the most of a bad situation.


The Different Types of Crisis

While the association of the word is often thrown in a variety of scenarios, there are certain types of crisis in mental health that don’t necessarily involve a sudden and unexpected traumatic event.


Crisis types can include:

  • Existential Crisis: A crisis of this type refers to an internalized conflict that many people experience later in life. It typically relates to themes like spirituality, the meaning of life, and the direction a person is meant to go in. Some people may feel that the path they have followed has not fulfilled them, leading them to question life’s meaning as a whole.
  • Developmental Crisis: This is the result of a period of life change, including puberty, moving away from a childhood home, marriage, building a family, and retirement. Change is hard, and it highlights the effect that times of transition can have on a person.
  • Situational Crisis: These are the scenarios that many would think of when they hear the word “crisis.” It can include natural disasters, accidents, the death of a loved one, or being the victim of almost any Because of the suddenness of these events, sufferers may consider the occurrence as more stressful.

What is important to remember is that there are techniques and resources available to help those struggling to address their own mental health crisis.


Our Broward County Mental Health Services Can Help

If you are struggling with a crisis, it is important to seek out the help you need to overcome it. If left unaddressed, it can lead to further issues like mental illness, substance abuse, and addiction. Luckily, Banyan offers both addiction and mental health treatment in Pompano that can help those struggling to heal. We also offer a curriculum of care levels to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate and effective treatments for their personal needs.


To learn more about the programs we offer and how we can help you or a loved one overcome a crisis, call Banyan’s Pompano Beach treatment center at 888-280-4763 today.



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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.