Hello, friends! In this episode of the podcast, I dive into two questions relating to self-harm in adults and combatting depression. I discuss why it’s not too late for therapy, and offer my tips on how to move forward when depression and feelings of hopelessness are pulling you down.
Dear Robert, I have a mental health question. So I’m 34, married with two small kids, a job and, in a few months, a PhD. I have a history of self-harm due to having very strict and controlling parents and a lot of drama in my teenage years. I self-harmed on and off for 10 years but stopped after I managed to distance myself from my primary family after leaving for university. I never had professional help or therapy but I managed to kind of “fix” myself a bit if you know what I mean. My life now is okay in general, obviously stressful occasionally (kids, doctorate, etc.), but okay.
My question is this: I sometimes feel all my unresolved past is lurking somewhere in the background. The fact that all these issues were never properly addressed, really worries me sometimes. I tend to crack under pressure occassionally – when I’m really stressed out, I seek ways to harm myself without leaving marks. Cutting is not an option for me anymore (kids, husband) and I feel the weight of having fewer options. Harming myself calms me down and gives me the sense of control but all the secretiveness is really bothering me. I thought I was done with self-harm when I stopped cutting 12 years ago. Is therapy still an option after all this time? Thank you and I look forward to maybe hearing the answer to my question on your podcast.
Hi, I was wondering if you would discuss my question on your next podcast! Here it is:
My depression has been worsening and the hopelessness is sucking me in deeper. How can I start to counteract this feeling and find joy in the little things again?
Episode 255 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – Is Therapy Still An Option? – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – Finding Happiness: Top Tips For Depression – Duff The Psych
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