Mindpath Health’s Brandy Porche, LPC, helps to discuss how to chat with relatives about Ukraine and other eerie rumors.

How to have a chat with relatives about Ukraine and other eerie rumors

Empathy for Ukraine”s poorest people is entirely natural and appropriate. However, a constant stream of disturbing news may wreak havoc on vulnerable individuals, such as children and those who have experienced their own painful events. Medical News Today asked psychotherapists for advice on how to use distressing news quickly.

We live in an age in which anyone who uses a smartphone in a war zone can show the rest of the world exactly what is going. The technology makes it difficult for state-controlled media to conceal the truth and assists in holding both sides of the conflict to account.

The influx of disgruntled stories and images on social media and television may jeopardize individuals” mental well-being.

Ukraine”s conflict has triggered strong emotions, including anger, fear, fear, worry, confusion, and anxiety, according to Yamila Lezcano, a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) at Albizu University in Miami, FL, and program director of the Miami Mental Health Awareness Initiative.

The thought of war in another country, despite being distant from the United States, can still be overwhelming for many people and lead to safety concerns about their own lives, according to Medical News Today.

The prospect of conflict is an extremely worrying and complex topic for many of us, as it reminds us that we cannot control much of what happens in the world, according to Yalda Safai, MD, a psychiatric doctor in New York, NY.

People think worst-case scenarios, which might lead to feelings of helplessness and dexteration, according to a spokesman.

Talking About Ukraine

As you approach Ukraine, understanding it is of paramount importance, and you will enjoy it with your loved ones in a supportive and sensitive manner.

According to Lezcano, the best way to assist vulnerable adults who are anxious about the conflict is to acknowledge their feelings and support them in finding ways to deal.

As a result of her ability to feel heard and understood while not being judged, listening and communicating nonjudgmentally is crucial.

This can also allow people to speak freely about their issues and soliciting assistance if they need it, according to the author.

Aivigail Lev, the founder and director of the CBT Center in San Francisco and Oakland, CA, said it was important to be honest about Ukraine.

We cannot protect ourselves from what is happening in the world, according to the president. Keeping an eye on the situation will no longer be beneficial.

Joe Vaccaro, PsyD, executive director of Newport Healthcare in Orange County, CA, advised them that you are available to assist them process their feelings.

Asked if you can participate in outdoor and stress-reducing activities together, he said, like walking during your conversations.

He suggested that individuals seek out meditation and mindfulness as therapies to deal with anxiety.

People who have war-related trauma might be struck by news from Ukraine. Lezcano says it is crucial to keep an eye on trauma survivors.

Tell them that they are not alone in their feelings and that it is common for many people to express sorrow after a trauma occurs, especially when certain situations, such as the Ukrainian conflict, might be the trigger.

Social assistance is a critical component of assisting those vulnerable adults in making them feel safe and connected to people who are genuine to them, according to she.

Ukraine’s news is troubling for viewers of all ages, but it may be particularly difficult for children and adolescents, according to Aude Henin, the doctor”s office.

Parents may follow the child’s lead when it comes to discussing Ukraine with [young people], implying that they know what the child has.

If a child introduces the subject to the classroom, it may be best not to raise it with very young children.

Brandy Porche, a licensed professional counselor with Mindpath Health, based in Dallas, TX, said: “Don’t let your child’s age go before bed, as war isn’t an appropriate bedtime story. Your child will be able to mimic it in peace if you are afraid and your voice reflects that. It’s okay to express concern and empathy. Please don’t dismiss anger or anxiety because this transfers to the child.”

Dr. Toya Roberson-Moore, a child and adolescents’ psychiatrist, has been contacted by the Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center.

Kids will be asked about what’s going on in Ukraine. Encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills and to engage thoughtfully in current situations while simultaneously navigating their emotions in a positive, safe and positive manner.

According to Amanda Fialk, LCSW”s partner and senior clinical officer at The Dorm in New York, NY, who provides psychological assistance to young adults.

Parents should be open-ended, aware of their opinions, and validate their children’s sentiments, according to Dr. Fialk.

Tell your kids that it is okay to feel sad, worried, scared, and angry about this situation, she said.

Dr. Vaccaro cautions that you should recognize the negative but focus on positive statements in your discussions. Talk about organizations that are helping people in need and young people who are passionate about peace, for example.

Should We Avoid the Subject?

According to Dr. Safai, the prospect of a rocky world might seem like a catastrophic event for those already [experiencing] generalization anxiety. Ideally, avoiding the topic altogether may be beneficial to the family.

To all of us, she said it is important to engage in educational conversations.

Consider avoiding catastrophizing or avoiding the heavy topic of conflict during your next family gathering.

Healthy and Unhealthy Coping Strategies

Asked if you have encouraged your loved one to acknowledge their limits when it comes to consuming news/social media during this time, whether that means limiting screen time altogether, turning off news notifications, etc., Dr. Vaccaro

Encourage people to get outside rather than doom scrolling when they feel anxious! He said being outdoors and breathing fresh air can alleviate stress and anxiety.

According to Dave Marlon, the former CEO of CrossRoads of Southern Nevada, a substance misuse treatment center, and the co-founder and CEO of Vegas Stronger, people should be wary of the temptation to alleviate their anxiety with alcohol or other substances.

Understanding empathy for the people who were subjected to the horrific events of the war in Ukraine is normal and appropriate, according to the author. Dealing with the worry and sadness by increasing your alcohol consumption is not a safe approach.

Brandy Porche, LPC

Frisco, TX

As we navigate our unique journey in life, sometimes additional support is needed along the way. Brandy's interactions with clients are grounded in compassion, respect, empathy, and an understanding of cultural impacts. Her role as a therapist is to help educate and empower clients so that they develop the insight and skills necessary to overcome their own personal and situational ... Read Full Bio »

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