Coping Mechanisms: Definition, Examples, & Why They’re Important
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Primary Changes: Edited for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Revised “Types of Coping Mechanisms” and “How to Develop Healthy Coping Mechanisms.” Added “What Is a Coping Mechanism,” “Why Do People Use Coping Mechanisms,” and “Why Healthy Coping Mechanisms Are Important.” New content written by Alexa Donnelly, LCSW and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C
Reviewer: Trishanna Sookdeo, MD, MPH, FAAFP