Therapy tips for healing from trauma, anxiety and depression through evidence-based and integrative therapeutic approaches.
The desire to fit in is a common one, and it’s not hard to see why. Feeling like an outsider can be lonely and isolating, and fitting in may seem like the easiest way to avoid those feelings. However, fitting in often requires changing who you are to gain acceptance.
When you listen deeply to someone, you show them that you value their thoughts and opinions. This can help to build trust and rapport in the conversation.
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental health conditions. Depression can occur after traumatic or stressful life events like a divorce or financial hardship. It can negatively interfere with your relationships, your job, and your own feelings of self-worth.
Imposter syndrome is not recognized as an official disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, however, it can be a debilitating and frustrating condition. Negative thinking, self-doubt, and self-sabotaging one’s own successes are characteristic behaviors of those suffering from imposter syndrome.
When a person is stressed, the part of the brain often called the emotional brain sends signals to alert the sympathetic nervous system to respond to the perceived threat. This is the part of the autonomic nervous system that is designed to prepare you to respond quickly, known as the “fight or flight or stress response”.
Studies have shown that stress signals can continue long after the trauma is over.