Diagnosis: Crisis Mindset, Part 2
As I spoke about briefly in the previous post, when the official diagnosis is handed down, this seemingly simple action elicits huge emotional, psychological and even physical changes for many families. Often times, families lives are set into crisis mode.
In RDI, we can identity a crisis mindset by these common symptoms:
-You feel like you are operating in day-to-day survival mode. -You feel unable to take a step back to obtain a larger perspective. -You have narrowed your focus and expend all of your energy putting out fires and reacting to immediate problems.
- You are functioning at a frantic pace that leaves you unable to productively reflect, or consider the future -You often feel physically and mentally exhausted -You sometimes feel desperate, willing to try anything and everything. -You have become fearful of change - afraid of rocking the boat in any manner.
When in a crisis mindset, parents become physically and emotionally exhausted, as large amounts of energy are constantly being spent trying to put out fires. When in this state, despite how hard you try, you cannot be an effective parent and guide, and one of the primary roles of an RDI consultant is to help parents restore equilibrium. Once your normal parenting perspective has been restored, you can still continue to care about tackling the issues of the here and now, but you will also be able to become effective at prioritizing and building the foundations for your child’s continued success!