All of us are familiar with the heart-quickening nervous feeling of anxiety. We feel afraid, we may find it harder to breathe, and are worried something bad is about to happen. Anxiety is an evolutionary adaption to help us be on the lookout for threat or danger, yet for various reasons our anxiety can become overactive and cause problems in our lives.
Many people experience depression as the black hole of low mood and energy, worthlessness, loss of pleasure, and even thoughts of death. When in the grip of depression it can be hard to engage in the basic tasks of life, and even harder to make sense of what’s happening and why.
Childhood experiences have a profound effect on the rest of our lives. If those experiences were traumatic or neglectful you may find yourself experiencing problems in multiple areas of your life.
Low self-esteem is the painful experience of constantly feeling self-critical, worthless, and “not good enough,” Despite all your accomplishments, you feel an overwhelming sense of dissatisfaction with yourself and your life. You keep doing more or trying to be a better person but it doesn’t seem to work. As a result, you carry around a lot of shame and self-loathing.