Yep the world is pretty messed up and life can easily become overwhelming. Setbacks can easily turn into shame, confusion into despair, failure into depression, rejection into worthlessness, grief in hopelessness, comfort into addiction. You know the drill.
They say that when divers reach the certain depth they can become confused, lose track of which way is up, and start swimming deeper instead of for the surface.
They say then when in quicksand the more you struggle the quicker you will sink.
I have heard that near the end people with hypothermia feel hot instead of cold, and start taking of layers of clothing.
And people lost in the bush sometimes panic and start blundering about in blind panic going around in circles, or curl up into a hopeless frozen ball.
Odd how whales restrand themselves after being rescued, and sheep have a habit of running straight back into the creek.
Perhaps these are useful metaphors for suicidality, where ordinary people find themselves in overwhelming situations then become disorientated, confused, frozen, panicked or lost within themselves.
If you have become overwhelmed or lost in painful, dark or scary places within, where the final doorway seems like the only exit, then therapy can help you refind your bearings, a guide through the maze of your mind, and walk alongside you, for as long as you need.