You Are Not Alone

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You Are Not Alone

 

Research indicates that 80 percent of habitual thinking is negative. It’s no wonder we often feel overwhelmed by feelings of unworthiness, uncertainty and dissatisfaction.  It also could help explain why so many people in NYC seek depression treatment.

 

We are all actually hardwired to pay more attention to negative experiences than positive ones. It was a survival tactic in our distant past. Today, we don’t have to worry about saber-toothed cats, but there are countless other threats to our wellbeing.

 

Most of our negative thinking stems from messages that we are not “enough” – not popular enough, pretty enough, accomplished enough or rich enough.  Losses, significant life transitions, traumas and daily stress can also trigger ailments like depression and anxiety, which can rob us of our aliveness, cause feelings of inadequacy and keep us questioning the purpose and meaning of our lives.

 

When we experience anxiety, depression or other emotional conflicts, the most common reaction is to resist or avoid. Most people will do anything to not feel discomfort. But, unless feelings are experienced openly and with full awareness, they go “underground,” obstruct full expression and drain vitality. To flourish, you must face painful feelings and heed their message. These feelings are often wakeup calls that can help you integrate the previously unaddressed parts of yourself. When you develop this awareness, you can realize your full potential and live in your wholeness.

 

If you are considering individual counseling in New York City, call Richard Sussman Therapy and request a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your specific needs and to answer any questions you have about individual counseling, depression therapy, anxiety therapy, relationship therapy, spiritual counseling and my practice. For the NYC office, call 212-874-9402 and, for the Weston, CT office, call 203-544-8418.