- Do you feel unsure of yourself?
- Do you worry about making the right decisions?
- Have trouble getting yourself to a party because you don’t think you have anything to offer?
- Do you find yourself repeating negative patterns over and over again?
- Is there a history of depression in your family?
What I know is that depression and anxiety are feelings that are a part of life, but sometimes, they can get in the way of living life. I can teach you how to recognize these negative feelings and behaviors, and I will help you develop a set of tools for managing them.
Extroverts tend to be gregarious, assertive people who look for excitement in life. Introverts, in contrast, tend to be more reserved, less outgoing, and less sociable. There is no right or wrong here, but understanding who you are can go a long way toward helping you feel better about yourself. Hiding from the world isn’t helpful; knowing that you need a night to yourself is a good thing.
Do you wonder if you are drinking too much wine with dinner, or smoking too much pot? (Don’t kid yourself – it might not be the “gateway drug” that some people say it is, but marijuana can be just as addicting as any other illegal substance, with its own set of problems.) Maybe it’s spending too much money, or gambling away your savings, or wasting hours on the Internet. These things, whether they’re substances that you ingest, or behavioral highs, are preventing you from acknowledging feelings.
Numbing or ignoring your feelings doesn’t make them go away—it often makes them worse.