PTSD: Just can’t shake that Worthlessness feeling

PTSD is to blame with my feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness habitually during my life.  Sexual abuse by a neighbor when I was six years old, coupled by the impact of living as a daughter of a narcissistic mother was the catalyst.  With trauma, both sexual and emotional, I experienced negativity leading to depression.  Seeking out therapy has improved the healing process.

On they explain Worthlessness

Worthlessness can be described as a feeling of desperation and hopelessness. Individuals who feel worthless may feel insignificant, useless, or believe they have nothing valuable to offer the world. People diagnosed with depression often report these feelings, and children who were neglected or abused may carry a sense of worthlessness into adulthood. When worthlessness leads one to experience thoughts of suicide or causes other immediate crisis, it may be best to contact a crisis hotline or seek other help right away.

Understanding Worthlessness

Worthlessness, a feeling that may cause an individual to feel as if they have no significance or purpose, can have a significant negative effect on emotional health. A recent study conducted by researchers at Seoul National University found that feelings of worthlessness were significantly associated with lifetime suicide attempt in adults who reported major depression and had also experienced trauma. The study concluded that, among symptoms of depression, worthlessness had the strongest association with lifetime suicide attempt.

Circumstances such as job loss, divorce, or financial difficulties can quickly cause someone to become overwhelmed, and those who experience one setback after another may be more likely to experience feelings of worthlessness and find themselves questioning whether their lives have any meaning. People who experience worthlessness may find it difficult to see any aspect of life as positive and may believe there is no prospect of improvement. This perception is generally a distorted one and is often likely to result from underlying conditions such as depression, anxiety, grief, or stress. The longer one experiences feelings of worthlessness, however, the more difficult it may be for them to overcome these feelings without help.

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