As a psychotherapist, I have considerable experience working with a diverse range of women. Women come to me seeking relief from stress, anxiety and depression. They often discover during their work that behind the depression are many emotions, including stifled anger. Their choice to recognize and cope with their frustrations has enabled these women to take positive action in their careers and personal lives.
According to the Mayo Clinic, women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. The emotion of anger as it relates to women in the workplace is rarely addressed. There are many books on the subject of anger and intimate relationships. However, the day-to-day, nuts and bolts issue of coping with anger in the workplace gets little attention.
Unlike men, most women are not comfortable expressing anger. We learn from a very early age that anger is unacceptable to voice. In fact, society and family teach us that we should not have any anger. When we do express anger, we may be punished at home or at work. Such an injunction is absurd!
The result of this suppression is often low self-esteem and depression. Neglecting feelings of frustration and anger is destructive to both your career and personal life and may contribute to emotional and physical illness.
What Does Depression Look Like?
Depression is characterized by a sense of hopelessness and feelings of lethargy. The following are typical signs of depression:
- low energy
- inability to make decisions
- lack of joy
- chronic low self-esteem
- changes in sleep
- excessive crying
- feeling powerless
- thoughts of suicide
- changes in appetite
- withdrawal from co-workers, friends, and family
You may not be experiencing all of these symptoms, but even if one of them is occurring it may indicate the beginnings of depression. Once you recognize these “warning signals,” it is important to take steps to take care of yourself. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is crucial that you seek help from a trained professional. Don’t delay.
Depression can become all too familiar. You may not even notice that it’s still hanging around. Depression dampens our initiative and our talents. It is possible, however, to turn depression around and reclaim your vitality.Please share this post!