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    jblue123 posted:
    I'm strugging with large bouts of frustration and have been lashing out. I work alot, and have been under a lot of pressure for the last 18 months or so. I'm not sleeping well, and just having a hard time dealing with issues that should not be that big of deal. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get through this. I don't want to jepordize my job, and this is crepping in to too frequently.
    susiemargaret responded:
    hello, J --

    i'm sorry i didn't see your post until now, and i hope you are still following this thread.

    i sympathize with your frustration; it is scary, i know, to feel as if you're never quite sure whether you will be able to get thru a stressful situation without reacting inappropriately. this is aggravated by your not sleeping well, or perhaps your not sleeping well is a result of it. in any event, i agree that you need to do something about it before things get completely out of control.

    i suggest that you consider seeing a counselor; this would be an emotionally safe place where you can talk about your day-to-day problems and also get some objective feedback on what might be causing them, plus some advice on how to cope better with them. if they can't be reduced, at least you could learn some coping skills to manage them better.

    if you don't have any ideas about finding a counselor, ask your primary-care dr for a referral, and if his/her office is willing, ask if they will call and make an appt for you; sometimes you can get in sooner that way (a professional courtesy thing).

    i hope you can get some relief soon; please keep us posted on how you are doing.

    -- susie margaret
    what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.

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