People can learn how to function without being overcome by emotion

Patricia Miller (left) and Dawn Abrams are staff members of Behavioral Health at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover.
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Patricia Miller (left) and Dawn Abrams are staff members of Behavioral Health at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover.

DOVER — Intense emotions can be overwhelming when challenging situations occur.

Add thoughts about past traumas, and the bad things that could happen in the future, and the results can be tragic, even leading to thoughts of suicide.

In 2020, Tuscarawas County’s rate of suicide completion rose to 16.6 per 100,000 people, above the state’s rate of 13.8 per 100,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

One in five people suffer from mental health problems, experiencing difficulty coping with everyday demands and disturbances in thought and behavior, according to the Behavioral Health Center of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover.

People can be depressed, anxious or isolated, or have altered thinking, mood, or behavior, relationship distress or difficulty carrying out daily tasks.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

More:Tuscarawas County suicide rate higher than state average

Learning to handle strong feelings

People can learn how to handle their strong feelings by practicing being truly present in the moment, without simultaneously bearing added stressors from the past or future, according to Manager Dawn Abrams and social worker Patricia Miller of Behavioral Health.

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