Healing begins with listening
Prolonged emotional distress can feel so awful that most of us want nothing more than to be rid of it. Since that solution is not so readily accomplished, consider turning the tables on distress by befriending it, by listening to it as a compassionate friend would instead of as its enemy. You may find out that it has something valuable to communicate to you. Therapy can help you listen, understand, and gain mastery of distress.