Are Your Clients Depressed or Could It Be Inner Kill?
You may not be familiar with the term Inner Kill, but you’ve probably seen it. Many people of all ages have Inner Kill but don’t recognize the symptoms or know what to do about it. In fact, it is estimated that Inner Kill is more prevalent than depression, which occurs in 1 in 10 people.
Unlike depressive illnesses, which the National Institute of Mental Health describes as interfering with daily life and often stemming from brain disorders, Inner Kill is about the loss of purpose or motivation.
Inner Kill isn’t a new concept. Coined years ago by Richard Leider, Lifesprk advisory board chair and founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, Inner Kill is the art of dying without knowing it. People can be active, functioning and yet still have Inner Kill. One can see the Inner Kill in someone’s eyes. They are often passive, shying away from decisions and playing it safe.
Picture the seniors with whom you work. Or take a look at your colleagues. Are there some who seem to be sleepwalking? Are they just going through the motions of daily life? Do they wonder why they get up in the morning?
As professionals, we don’t typically address Inner Kill because there are few established protocols, algorithms or even medications that treat it. Yet unaddressed, Inner Kill remains a significant issue for health and senior care professionals as well as society. If seniors aren’t motivated, engaged or living sparked lives, then they are less likely to be compliant or engaged in their care plans or lives, and that has severe ramifications for their ongoing wellbeing. A growing body of research is finding that issues such as isolation and loneliness are risk factors as significant as high blood pressure and smoking for poor outcomes and even death.
To help professionals recognize the symptoms and learn steps to engage and help people eliminate Inner Kill, Lifesprk is offering a free CEU breakfast presentation:
6 Steps to Avoiding Inner Kill
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7 a.m. – refreshments will be served
At Village Shores, 6501 Woodlake Drive, Richfield, MN 55423
Can’t make it? Call Lifesprk Navigation at 952-345-8770 to have one of our sales team members stop by to share more about Inner Kill and what you can do about it. Lifesprk will hold a consumer-focused Inner Kill presentation at a later date.
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