Our local newspaper had an interesting “Dear Abby” article recently. It is worth summarizing and offers helpful resources.
A young man writes that he feels “lost and unfulfilled,” adding that he does not know what he “wants or deserves.” He offers some family history, admits to drinking more, and ultimately dropping out of college. He sounds quite lost and discouraged and asks Abby what he can do.
Abby’s reply suggests that the young many seek out a group that will offer emotional support so that he can hopefully get back on track and regain control of his life. She suggests a group called Emotions Anonymous. Founded in 1971, this group has 850 chapters worldwide and 450 in the United States. It is a 12-step program for people experiencing emotional difficulties. In these groups, members help each other by sharing experiences, strengths, and hopes in order to improve emotional health. Books and literature are offered to new and existing groups.
Website — www.emotionsanonymous.org
E-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org
Confused emotions affect relationships and quality of life for people of all ages. I would also suggest to this young man that he consult with his primary care physician to rule out any underlying medical problems, such as depression. He may also benefit from working with a skilled therapist to explore interpersonal, family of origin, and relationship issues. Group therapy can be a valuable resource, too. Healthy eating, regular exercise, and adequate rest are important practices that help stabilize this young man as he learns new ways to improve his emotional well-being.