What is Helplessness?
Being unable to deal with or react to a negative situation can be normal, especially when illness and trauma are involved. However, this feeling of helplessness may continue well past the life of the problem. This results in feeling powerless and helpless.
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.
Helplessness or victimhood is not considered a distinct disorder yet it may signal the early stages of more serious conditions such as major depression. It is important to note that helplessness is different from malingering or acting in a “helpless” way to manipulate others or to get gain.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness- Sugar Land has trained, licensed, and experienced providers that can help address to address helplessness and victimhood and help prevent the development of a more serious and debilitating illness.
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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 both helplessness and/or victimization can benefit from therapy. Talking with a trained professional can get to the root of the problems. Having a supportive spouse, partner, or other family members involved is important in recovery. Although it seems hard to imagine now, you can regain control of your life and experience hope. Your life will shift from a sense of victimhood to one of power and control over your life.