How can I begin to trust myself? My instincts, my gut feeling, etc.

I was sexually assaulted for the second time in march. I’m a very anxious person and i’ve been dealing with depression ever since middle school (i’m currently a sophomore in college). I have good and bad days. I recently joined my cousin in becoming a part of a company but even when i thought i wanted to do it, i immediately lost interest. i also joined a club on campus but immediately lost interest in that too. I put myself first and i’m not ashamed of being selfish, it’s just hard when i feel like i’m letting people down. It’s okay to change my mind when it comes to losing interest in things right? I tend to overthink everything and become even more anxious than i already am. I’m not insecure in how i look but i am insecure of myself. my main issue is that i feel as if i sound uneducated or “stupid” whenever i say anything. I want to be able to trust myself and be confident in what i want / say. Another huge thing is people hurt me but make it seem as if it’s my fault. I’m tired of people walking all over me. i’m tired of walking all over myself, especially in my mind.
Asked by Sasa
Answered
11/29/2021

Hi Sasa, I'm so sorry to hear about the sexual assault that you suffered, and for another second time in March. A traumatic incident like that ... can really make a negative impression in a lot of areas in your personality and your life. If you haven't processed this traumatic incident, it's normal that you are experiencing anxiety and depression. However, I would like to know if you have always felt anxious and depressed...or if you started to feel this way after the sexual assault. Usually if you are anxious, then you will be depressed, that's how it goes, why? because if I have been feeling so anxious for a long time, I may start feeling like.... this is too much.... I'm tired of feeling this way, thus, the depression shows up, the go hand in hand. The fact that you lose interest in doing activities that at first you felt excited about them...it may be because of the depression that you are experiencing. There's nothing wrong if you put yourself first, I need to take care of myself first, in order for me to be able to see for other people. I wonder... what makes you think that you may let people down...I wonder if this your own perception, ...or maybe you would like to analyze the expectations that people have for you and vice versa. When you are saying: "I tend to overthink everything" this is part of the symptoms of anxiety.... doubting about myself constantly.... but also, it maybe due to past trauma or the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that you may be experiencing. Feeling insecure about yourself.... It may be because of the sexual assault... or I wonder when did you start feeling this way... "I sound uneducated or stupid whenever I say anything" .... it seems to me that this is your perception. I wonder if you have a history of having being bullied...? or if you had a stressful incident that made you feel this way.... If you were bullied at some point in your life, it's very common to feel insecure about yourself, feeling socially anxious, taking things personally, feeling on the spot, doubting yourself constantly, and also it can create anxiety and depression. The fact that you are now in college, you are concerned about yourself, you have plans for your life, makes me think that you are an interesting and fun person. Again... this might be because you had a difficult or painful experience that made you feel this way....? People have hurt you and made you believe it's your fault...I would like to know more about it. You have the right to experience your own emotions and feelings. You want to feel confident about allowing yourself to experience those emotions. so what to do now? Attend therapy, this would be a great idea. Focus on your own journey so that you can work on yourself. Sometimes, it's important to go back to some past chapters in our lives so that we can understand what we need to understand, clean our past so that the past doesn't keep coming back to the present and spoil the present. Sasa you deserve to be happy, live the life that you want and deserve, and see your dreams come true. Attending therapy can help you a lot. Give yourself the opportunity to be happy. I'm here for you, I can help you! we can work together :)

(PhD, LMHC, CHT, CST, CERTIFIED, EMDR.)