Newswise — Life comes with difficult challenges, but individuals can take steps to solve problems more efficiently. First, get the facts, said UAB clinical psychologist Timothy Elliott, Ph.D. "Don't try to solve something that you don't have all of the information about." Second, stay positive. "Trying to solve a problem when you're frustrated or angry only limits your ability to think." Be creative. "Sometimes the simplest of problems seem complicated because we aren't willing to be creative in our solutions. Try bouncing some ideas off of a friend or family member." Also, consider how well you understand the problem, make sure you understand who or what is causing the problem and consider the positive and negative outcomes of each possible solution.