Adapted from Marsha Linehan’s Biopsychosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation (1993)
***The Stress Model***
Why do some people get suicidal and others do not?
This is one way of describing and explaining the experience to colleagues, in your personal life and to those you serve. But it is not just suicidal thoughts, this model can fit for other "problem behaviors" that are driven by intense emotions or craving.
**Summary of Stress Model**
Some of us just are more stressed in our day to day lives (likely due to our biology, history, or current life circumstances - or a combo). Having this greater stress or higher "baseline" can make us more vulnerable to stressful events - and when a stressful event occurs our can emotions increase more quickly, stay there for longer, and take longer to come down. That doesn't make us bad or wrong - it just make sense. And when we are at a high intensity stress level up at 80, 90 or 100 - what I like to call being "On Fire" emotionally - it makes sense that we have urges to escape (e.g. thinking of suicide).
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