Bad coping skills, otherwise called maladaptive coping strategies, are harmful and/or ineffective thoughts or actions generally categorized as problem-avoidance strategies. Individuals who are trying to avoid a problem may engage themselves in activities that distract themselves from thoughts and stresses related to the problem.
Common problematic coping strategies may involve one or more of the following:
Outright denial that the problem exists
Excessive video gaming
Hyperfocusing on activities, subjects, or people
Attempted or completed suicide