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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Mar 14, 2019

Bonus Episode 39


Is it Depression, Or Are We Retreating to Recharge & Replenish?


Solo episode—Patricia Young


Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) often withdraw, and label this withdrawal as depression or going into the cave.  The world is very loud, busy and stimulating, and HSPs need to have time to retreat into a calm quiet place.  Maybe it’s a cave with twinkle lights, good snacks and snuggly blankets.  HSPs sometimes feel they are being flaky or undependendable, when it’s really just a natural rhythm and a need to restore.  When we retreat, do we communicate with others to let them know we need time to pull back?  We need to honor our needs in order to maximize the gifts we have to share with the world.


Patricia Young, LCSW is a therapist in San Diego who is in private practice.  Patricia works primarily with Highly Sensitive People (HSP) helping them understand their HSPness, and to turn their perceived shortcomings into superpowers.  Patricia also works with people who tend to be perfectionistic, and don’t feel good enough. They often identify as being depressed and/or having anxiety. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate all the gifts we have to offer.  Patricia provides online (telehealth) therapy to people who live in California.  We meet over a private platform (similar to Skype), and you can have therapy from the privacy of your own home—when the kids are at school or are napping; from work; in your pajamas, or when you just can’t face sitting in traffic or going out.



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MUSIC—Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson