Resources - Coping with Difficult Emotions

Emergency: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255)   Longer-term depression and suicide help:

Connect with a trained suicide crisis person in your area.  Go to

Information on suicide, including the signs that someone might be suicidal:  Note, some ADHD medications can lead to strong emotional side effects, including suicidal thinking.  If you or your partner experiences this, call your doctor IMMEDIATELY.

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., 1985/2005

If you or your spouse is experiencing any anger in your relationship and you can read only one more book, this is the one to pick. This bestseller is the best book on how to address anger, period.

Dare to Forgive by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

This gem of a book not only makes the case that the ability to forgive is a sign of strength, but it also provides a step-by-step process for moving from anger and distress to forgiveness. It is a very useful book for those who are caught up in a destructive cycle of anger and retaliation in their relationships.

The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns by Athena Staik, Ph.D.

An interesting article/blog post about the science behind how our brains control our emotions and actions with suggestions about how to get out of negative thought patterns.  At this link.