We live in a city (including all 5 boroughs) with almost 8.5 million* other people, not to mention all the people who travel in and out of the city every day. Our subways are jammed packed, the roads are covered with traffic and the pace is fast to say the least. We work long hours, have high demands, and many expectations at work. We come home and have just as many expectations and demands with our family, friends and home.
Does this pressure actually affect our mental well-being or do we just adapt? Maybe we actually thrive on it or do we just “suck it up?” It is after all just a byproduct of where I live, where I work, who my family is…my surroundings.
The most common mental distress we see from this hustle and bustle comes in the outward manifestation of anxiety, stress, or even depression. Panic attacks, feelings of being overwhelmed, and even burn-out.
Many people choose to turn to medications such as anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, and even try self-medicate with stimulants. There are people who have a legitimate need for these types of medications, but it is definitely the minority, not the majority. There are also people in which medication is appropriate for a short-term scenario, but again, not all.
Anxiety, that dreaded emotion, is a more complex reaction than we think it is. Often it can be a result of deeper emotions which are harder for us to express or even acknowledge, such as frustration, resentment, and anger.
An example of this is someone whose boss constantly micro-manages, belittles and nags at them. They in turn smile, and think to themselves, “I just have to suck it up, this is what I have to do to make a living.” Eventually the repressed anger and frustration manifests itself as anxiety or even panic attacks, and possibly depression as well, as they come to believe that they cannot do anything right at work.
We help you develop the proper skills and resources to connect and respond in a healthy manner to overcome the anxiety. These skills and tools will also help you to avoid anxiety in the future and keep you on the path of sound, healthy self-esteem and assertion.
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