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It’s an ugly beast depression. It’s an illness so insidious that sometimes you don’t realize the scope of its life-threatening power until you’re drowning under its wave and sucked down into its depths. It attacks your mind, body and soul by distorting your thoughts, exhausting your body and leaving you emotionally exhausted and vulnerable.
And as depression attacks you, it challenges everything you know, trust and believe in. It deceives and destroys in ways that makes depression one of the most lethal of mental illness
Here are some of the destructive lies depression will try and tell you.
The truth: Depression is a very real illness that affects emotional, social, behavioural physical health. Like cancer, heart disease or diabetes, you cannot will it away or readily snap out of it.
The Truth: Research shows that the linchpin responsible for low feelings of self worth is negative thinking. So, learning how to use positive self-talk is vital to combat depression. Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness are great ways to retrain your mind-set. Treatments will help you ground yourself with realistic truths about who you are, the strengths and talents you possess, as well as owning your flaws and weaknesses. You can learn to love yourself – as well as allowing others to love you – not in spite of your depression, but with acceptance of it.
The Truth: Depression creates this helplessness by overriding and taking over your ability to control aspects of your life. Without direction and a sense of purpose in your life, you slowly become powerless. Again, both Hypnotherapy and mindfulness offer ways to offset these self-defeating thoughts. It’ll take practice and patience, but when you change your thoughts, you change your world.
4.“Being alone is better.” Depression isolates. It wants you to believe that being alone is safer. That it’s more comfortable to dwell in a solitary place than be connected and supported with others.
The Truth: Studies show that depression worsens when we cocoon ourselves from others. You will likely have to really push yourself to be with others – or allow others to pull you out of the black hole of depression. But it will be worth it. Social connections, hugs and affectionate touch raise levels of a natural pain reliever’s and feel-good hormone’s. The truth is that being with others who support you and believe in your recovery exponentially reduces your feelings of depression
The Truth: Helplessness and hopelessness are grounded in pessimistic thinking. Those negative thoughts that exaggerate hopelessness often lead depressed individuals toward self-destructive and negative thoughts. This is why at time seeking medical attention and or therapy is so important. And while you may not want to go to therapy (because you’ve angry depressed and have lost all hope) you may find that you friends and family “forcing” you to get help. In the short term, you may well be angry when others try and help, but in the long run, you’ll thank them.
The Truth: Many who have struggled with depression can live full, productive lives. In fact, many high profile people, including Writer J.K. Rowling’s, Artist Michelangelo, Actor Harrison Ford, Actress Courtney Cox, Entrepreneur Richard Branson and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, have been very successful in their chosen profession.
The Truth: Getting immediate intervention will diminish depression’s lethal hold on you. With help, your symptoms of depression will lessen as you recover, you will likely be surprised that you ever thought of dying by suicide because possibility, promise and hope have emerged in your life again.
Depression is a serious, but treatable illness. Don’t let the lies depression will tell you make you think it isn’t.
There is always help. There is always hope
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