Manhattan Mental Health Counseling Warns About The Proclivity of Driven Personalities Towards Depression

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Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in NYC that accepts insurance, has spoken out about the increased tendency of overtly driven, motivated individuals to suffer from illnesses such as depression.

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The truth is that everyone can benefit from speaking to a counselor, whether they’re grappling with feelings of inadequacy or simply trying to make sense of a busy life.

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in NYC that accepts insurance, has spoken out about the increased tendency of overtly driven, motivated individuals to suffer from illnesses such as depression.

According to Manhattan Mental Health Counseling founder Natalie Buchwald, men and women who are particularly ambitious, and hard-working tend to be more successful in their fields. However, that success comes at a cost. Often, their career-focused personality traits go hand-in-hand with a level of perfectionism that inevitably damages their well-being.

“Many professionals have the tendency to constantly seek a level of perfection that’s impossible for anyone to achieve,” explains Natalie. “This often leads them to be hypercritical of their accomplishments and ashamed that they are not doing better. The stress from this constant state of shame is inherently unsustainable. Eventually, they begin having trouble focusing on work,” she continues. “That creates more stress, which makes it harder to focus, which eventually leads to burnout, then depression. Because such professionals tend to be so productivity-focused, this depression hits them exceptionally hard - it’s frighteningly easy for them to spiral deeper and deeper into a depressive state.”

Natalie recommends that anyone who feels they’re under a great deal of pressure from their career seek counseling - and emphasizes that there is absolutely no shame in doing so.

“There is an unfounded and unjustified stigma surrounding therapy, and we all need to do our part to eliminate it,” Natalie continues. “The truth is that everyone can benefit from speaking to a counselor, whether they’re grappling with feelings of inadequacy or simply trying to make sense of a busy life. Therapy shouldn’t be a source of shame for anyone.”

Natalie maintains that she will continue to do her part to help by providing affordable psychotherapy. Manhattan Mental Health Counseling allows New Yorkers to work with a dedicated therapist and pay using their health insurance - a rarity in the field, and something she hopes to one day see more of.

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