For some people, due to a combination of genetics and life experiences, emotions can be very strong, appear to come out of nowhere, and be very difficult to change. People who experience emotional regulation difficulties often describe feeling like they are adrift on an ocean. They describe being pushed and pulled by the waves of emotions they experience with little influence or control over the direction they go. Often people take drastic action to cope with these waves of emotions, and at times can engage in behaviours which give short term relief, but actually make things worse. These behaviours may include self-harm, using substances, or engaging in other risky behaviours. Psychology is an essential part of treatment for people with emotional regulation difficulties, and can help you to understand your emotions, learn to sit with them and use positive coping strategies. The ultimate goal of treatment is to support you to feel in control so that you can steer yourself towards a life that you want.

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