Often times, clients believe that they're the only ones who are experiencing, thinking, or feeling what they do. They feel alone and uniquely broken. This creates a sense of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. But often their experiences are shared and not at all abnormal. Finding this out can be a huge relief.
A recent post on Reddit (if you don't know what Reddit is, click here and here) asked therapists to share what they'd heard from their clients regarding this feeling of being uniquely screwed up. The post blew up. People who have struggled with mental health jumped in to add their perspectives and thoughts. It's rich with insight.
Check it out here: link.