Are You Tired of Feeling Helpless?
Being unable to react or cope with a negative situation can be a normal part of life, particularly when you have been affected by an illness or traumatic event. However, the feeling of helplessness may persist beyond the span of the initial problem, making one feel powerless in other important aspects of life. This is known as helplessness or victimhood, which is not classified as a distinct disorder yet signal early stages of more serious conditions, including major depression.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness clinic has highly trained, licensed, and experienced providers to address the symptoms of helplessness and victimhood and to prevent the development of more serious and debilitating illnesses.
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So What is Helplessness?
Helplessness can stem from a variety of personal and environmental factors: stress, isolation, trauma or grief. An individual who experienced a serious car accident might find it difficult to get back behind the wheel, while an individual with depression might find it impossible to get up in the morning and face the day. Main common thread is an underlying sense that nothing one does will be able to change the situation or make any difference in the outcome. Helplessness is different from malingering or acting in a “helpless” way to manipulate others or to get gain.
What is Victimhood?
Similar to helplessness, victimhood is defined as the perpetual state of feeling victimized. It can stem from a lack of control over one’s life, loss of a sense of self-worth, as well as vulnerability. Sufferers believe that they are incompetent at handling life’s challenges, are incapable of accepting responsibility for their actions, and feel that the world owes them something.
Victimhood can also be a common tool of manipulation, where the affected individual displays learned behaviors that manipulate others into nurturing them. The result of this pattern can lead an individual to become overly dependent on others.
Therapy For Helplessness & Victimhood
Individuals who struggle with feelings of helplessness or victimization can benefit from therapy. Talking with a trained professional can expose the root of the problem, be it trauma, fear or dysfunctional relationships with parents or authority figures during childhood. Once the root cause or causes are identified, therapy can help you let go of fear, accept responsibility for your life, and take steps toward forming a healthy response to negative situations.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness offers a proactive approach to overcoming helplessness and victimhood. Often supportive spouse, partner, or other family members initiate the treatment process to get movement and begin to see results. While hard to imagine now, you can regain control of your life, experience hope and shift from a sense of victimhood to one of power and control over your life.