IS EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS FOR YOU?

Take a quiz below and find out if emotions anonymous is for you.

Emotions Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who desire to improve their emotional well-being. Emotions Anonymous members come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from any sort of emotional difficulties. Emotions Anonymous members are of diverse ages, races, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. If addictions, depression or anxiety have you down, you should do a course straight away. 

Currently there are Emotions Anonymous groups in more than 30 countries, with more than 600 active groups, including skype and phone meetings. Emotions Anonymous is nonprofessional; it can be a complement to mental health therapy but it is not necessary to be seeking professional help to attend EA meetings.

Answer the following questions about Emotions Anonymous as see if you would benefit from doing work on your emotions:

1. Do you often feel nervous, tense, or
bored?
2. Do ordinary situations often frighten
you?
3. Do you often suffer from indigestion or
frequent headaches?
4. Do you have trouble sleeping or sleep
too much?
5. Do you experience mood swings?
6. Do you often eat when not hungry or
have little interest in food?
7. Do you often feel sad or cry for no
apparent reason?
8. Do your feelings get hurt easily?
9. Do you often have difficulty making
decisions?
10. Do you feel indifferent about most
things?
11. Do you often feel guilty, even when
you have no good reason for it?
12. Are you often preoccupied with
yourself and your problems and find it
hard to concentrate?
13. Have you lost interest in things you
once enjoyed?
14. Is there no humor in your life, is
nothing funny?
15. Do you feel you are a useless person?
16. Have you ever considered suicide?
17. Do you feel tired much of the time?
18. Do you often feel everyone is out to
get you?
19. Do you often feel different and alone?
20 Do you often feel like a failure?
21. Do you often find that nothing
anyone else does or says is
acceptable to you?
22. Are you often irritable and perhaps
abusive to those you love?
23. Do you often use alcohol, food, pills,
work, or television as a way of
escape?
24. Have you lost hope that your life can
ever be different?

These feelings can be symptoms of emotional problems. Emotions Anonymous (EA) may be helpful at this point in your life. You will find that members have experienced the same feelings and that you are not alone. The twelve-step program of Emotions Anonymous works. We believe it can work for anyone who wants a change.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM AN EA MEETING?

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Who comes to Emotions Anonymous meetings? Meetings are attended by men and women who are unhappy with their lives, are experiencing emotional problems, and are seeking relief. Will I fit in? Everyone is welcome at Emotions Anonymous meetings. Even those who have sought help at a depression rehab centre or clinic. We do not differentiate between types of emotional problems, nor do we judge or state that some problems are more serious than others. No matter what you are feeling, you will probably find someone else who has had these same feelings.

All these years I have been trying hard to get control of myself. If I come to Emotions AnonymousA, does that mean I am emotionally ill? The first step in recovery is to admit we are powerless over our emotions. That is not the same as claiming we are mentally ill. The very fact that we have felt we are powerless over our emotions holds out the hope that we can learn to break their hold on us and begin recovery. If EA members do not give each other advice or counseling, how can I expect to get help from a group with members who may be just as emotionally dysfunctional as I am? We do not come to EA to have someone solve our problems. Instead, we come to share our experiences with the group, and as we share our feelings and see the non-judgmental understanding of other members, we find our problems appear less enormous.

As we hear others share, we come to find what we are feeling is not unique or irrational, and that others have had those same feelings. This helps take away our fear that we are disturbed beyond help. If my emotional problems make it difficult for me to speak in front of others, how can I benefit from a meeting? Although sharing our feelings is a vital part of our recovery, we can also gain help from listening. We benefit from hearing what others have to share because we learn we are not unique. This sharing by others creates a bond between us. In time, those who are too shy or upset to speak find they will open up and reveal the feelings which are troubling them.

Will anyone try to force me to speak? No one should. All members at all meetings are free to share or not to share, based on their feelings at the time. All of us have felt the need to keep silent at one time or another, and we respect that in others. To make sure you have an opportunity to share, the group leader may invite you to do so. A simple, “I pass,” is understood to mean you prefer to participate in the meeting silently. That’s fine.

Must I formally join one group? Not at all. If there are other meetings throughout your area, you may attend as many as you choose. Most people seem to find a group in which they feel the most comfortable and attend it. However, you are free to change groups or attend as many groups as you wish. How long do I need to come to meetings? As long as you want to come.

Most people attend regularly because meetings serve to promote continuous emotional stability. Many members plan to continue the rest of their lives because Emotions Anonymous becomes a way of life and they wish to be helpful to newcomers by sharing their program. However, you must answer this question for yourself.

Many Emotions Anonymous meetings seem to be held in church or hospital facilities. Does that mean the meetings are sponsored by these institutions? No. Most churches are empathetic to twelve-step groups and provide meeting space at reasonable rents. Some hospitals consider twelve-step groups a valuable follow-up to their own care, and for that reason make meeting rooms available.

Is Emotions Anonymous certain to make me well? There are no guarantees that any twelve-step program can bring permanent recovery. We can say only that many people have found relief and recovery from working the Emotions Anonymous program. Your best guide is to talk with EA members and get personal testimonies as to what EA has done for them. Is Emotions Anonymous an ongoing financial commitment? No. All contributions at meetings are voluntary and are used to cover the groups expenses. There are never any ongoing fees.

For more help with getting started on working on your emotions, recovering from depression, anxiety or addictions, or to do our specially deigned emotions anonymous course with us call 0824424779 or email markllockwood@gmail.com

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