It's the hardest challenge to climb your way out of depression, dysfunction, or any major addiction. It’s hard to overcome because the primary way that we became depressed is by suppressing a majority of our negative feelings. We pushed down the rage, we hid the anxiety, we buried the shame, we ignored the hurt and so on. With years of numbing ourselves to our emotions, when we try to let them come up it’s completely debilitating.
Most of the clients that I assist don't have the tools to deal with their fear. What they’ve been afraid of feeling is overwhelming, and instead of facing the issues head on, the natural inclination is to go back into the cave of despair, isolation, addiction, or denial. It’s safe there