Life is hard, and our lives are increasingly complicated. Sometimes you can get through difficult circumstances just by relying on your own internal strength. Other times, your problems and emotions may seem overwhelming. Feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, helplessness, hopelessness, and even wanting to die can be common responses to prolonged or excessive stress. Very often, these feelings are a normal response to an overwhelming circumstance, situation, or underlying emotion. These feelings usually mean that you’ve reached a point of mental and emotional exhaustion because you’re carrying a burden that’s too heavy to shoulder alone. Once you reach this point, it can be such a relief to realize you do not have to continue living this way, and to ask for and receive help.
There is a major misconception that therapy is for the seriously mentally ill, and unfortunately this misconception keeps many people from seeking out the help that is readily available. The reality is that therapy is for anyone who feels stuck, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how to move forward in life. If you feel this way, you are not alone – and you can find relief from suffering and hope for the future.
Every difficult life experience comes with an opportunity to get to a better place. Even when you can’t see it, there is always a way through to the other side. Most people who engage in the process of therapy experience significant reduction in depression and anxiety, find solutions that help them move past feeling stuck, and discover a sense of hope for the future.