“On the outside I was perfect to everyone who saw me on social media or in person, but on the inside I was battling against myself to be truly happy every day. It wasn’t until I told someone about what I experienced that I felt I could live a normal life again. I wish I had gone to therapy earlier because I feel like I lost so many valuable memories to my depression and may have hurt relationships with people I love.”
This is the statement of a 31-year-old woman reflecting on her years as a college student. She was the brightest girl in her friend group and no one would have guessed she struggled with depression and anxiety. She, like many others, felt the pressure to appear perfect on the outside. She didn’t want to be pitied, and often felt no one would understand her circumstance.
After opening up to friends about her personal struggles, she soon realized that many of her peers had felt the same way. The pressure to be perceived as happy and flawless was even more common than she realized.
Powerful things happen when women open up and share their stories. Through voicing these thoughts and emotions, women flourish into their ultimate, unique self. Our main goal within women’s counseling is to establish comfort and stability. Counseling is a powerful way for women to combat these misconceptions, so that they can live a happier, fearless life.