Emotions are physical sensations we experience in our bodies when faced with certain situations. They are our subconscious response to outside stimuli.
It’s only natural to feel depressed when you suppress emotions. When you don’t allow yourself to feel, or when you try to bottle up your emotions, it can lead to depression. But there are ways to work through your suppressed emotions and depression.
Alleviant’s depression treatment can help you work through your depression and find ways to cope with your emotions. Our treatment is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has been proven to be an effective treatment for depression. We also offer support groups and individual therapy to help you through this difficult time. If you’re struggling with depression, please reach out to us.
Suppressed Emotions and Depression
Emotions are physical and instinctive.
They unleash a set of hormonal and neurochemical responses that produce a state of activation, pushing us to immediate action. Emotions can be measured by heart rate, brain activity, blood flow, facial expressions, posture, and more physical factors.
Emotions can be primary and secondary in nature.
Primary emotions are our first emotional reactions. They’re often followed by a more defended secondary emotion. A lot of the time, we are only consciously aware of the secondary emotion (such as anger that is masking sadness, or anxiety masking a deeper fear.)
Emotions are our internal compass.
By tuning into our bodies’ responses, we can distinguish whether the situation is good or bad for us. We can read people and navigate complex decision-making. By focusing on emotion with compassion and curiosity, we can discover who we are and what we want. When we live in harmony with our emotions, we become more in touch with who we are. We gain insight into the real core emotions that are causing our reactions and can take full charge of our lives, health, and happiness.
When people are unwilling to feel the emotion or don’t have the skills to think through the situation, emotions get trapped in the body, causing tensions, pains and feelings of disease. Over time, suppressed emotions develop into depression, we start feeling fatigued, unmotivated, sad, and stuck.
When we dissociate from our emotions, we dissociate from ourselves.
So how do we know if we have any unprocessed emotions? Here are eight symptoms of suppressed emotions and depression:
- Poor memory
- Body tension and deep muscle pain
- Weight gain
- Sleep problems
- Digestive problems
- Low motivation
When we suppress negative emotions, we suppress the positive ones as well.
When emotions are suppressed, they stay in our bodies, causing tension, pain, and discomfort. The good news is, that we do not have to keep suffering.There are a multitude of techniques to release suppressed emotions.
Alleviant’s depression treatment can help you work through your depression and find ways to cope with your emotions. If you or a loved one is struggling with suppressed emotions and depression, please reach out to us to learn more about our mental health services.