What Ive Learned So Far About Depression

November 23, 2011

  1. It’s a habit, not a disease or illness – which means it can be gotten rid of.
  2. It is born of an insecurity that came about from something that happened to us along the way.
  3. It comes up as a result of negative thoughts and worry.
  4. Most of us feel unsafe most of the time and therefore are constantly trying to prepare for every eventuality, from things that could happen in life or in a specific event, this is exhausting and hard to keep up with.
  5. We create defence mechanisms such as avoidance or trying to be perfect, both of which compound the issue.
  6. The first step to getting rid of depression and anxiety is being aware of your every thought, and if you suddenly feel sad or anxious, to back track to what thought could have triggered those feelings.
  7. The next step is to practice letting go and trusting in yourself to handle anything that comes your way. Life will never give you more than you can handle.

I’ve been reading this book, Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, and I’ve realised that my habit is to prepare for every eventuality, every conversation that could possibly take place, I’m always thinking ahead, speculating on damage control and its exhausting and overwhelming and probably why I sleep so much and have isolated myself from strangers.

I’m going to read more of the book now and I’ll be back with more of what I’ve learned so hopefully it can help some of my followers.

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  • Totally agree with this – it aligns with my personal experiences with depression and anxiety as well as how I got through both of those things.

    I think the fact that both are essentially thought habits are really amazing. A counselor I used to see in the past once suggested that all I had to do was flip my thought patterns around. It makes sense, if depression reveals a mind that is focussed on negativity and adept at noticing (and actualizing) negative possibilities in any given situation, imagine if the same mind was trained to look for constructive solutions in all situations?

    I eventually decided that, for the sake of curiosity (as well as to make my then-hellish life better!) I was going to experiment with this. Life’s been surprisingly enjoyable and fascinating ever since.

    Also, I’m really enjoying your blog! 🙂

  • Thank you for your inspiring comment and I’m so glad you’re enjoying me blog! 😀