Bright & Creative Women
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen
Often, when bright and creative women seek help from a counsellor or therapist it may not be due to an obvious reason such as grief or trauma. Instead many bright, capable and even high-achieving women may be suffering from what is termed ‘existential depression’. Existential depression is a common type of depression in bright adults. It frequently begins in young adulthood and classic symptoms can include feelings of isolation, alienation, a lack of focus and direction, and even neuroticism.
Existential depression may be caused by a lack of authentic personal connection and/or an ill-fitting environment. If you feel like you don’t have a place to discuss the deeper issues related to your identity and the world in general, things can become difficult. These issues may be personal, but can also be related to socio-political, moral and ethical, spiritual, or philosophical concerns. It may feel like a state of unexplained emptiness or meaninglessness.
Finding a therapist who can understand existential depression may be difficult. Modern approaches frequently focus on ‘fixing’ a problem as quickly as possible. However, existential concerns can’t be fixed so easily! They require a holistic approach. This means person-centred therapy that helps to transform existential depression into a meaningful way of being, including mastering underachievement and self-destructive behavior, allowing you to thrive.