The Lies Depession will tell you.

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.

  1. You’re not trying hard enough.”Depression will tell you that you are weak and lazy. It will con you into believing that you’re not medically ill … and if you’d just only work harder at things, you’d feel better.

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.

  1. You’re broken, worthless and unfixable.”Depression has a way of making you feel useless, worthless, utterly unlovable and unwanted. When you’re depressed, you’ll believe that no one wants to hear about your sadness or troubles. You’ll be convinced you‘re undeserving,attention and love from others. Depression can decimate and invalidate your sense of worth.

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.

  1. “Nothing matters anymore.” Depression will coax you into believing the people you love and the things you enjoy will no longer hold value for you. Dread and apathy reign supreme where meaningfulness and happiness once ruled. You become less and less connected to things you once cared about in your life. Depression has the ability to crush your world until it becomes a drifting space of infinite emptiness and dispair. You don’t care anymore. You don’t try anymore. It’s all futile

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

  1. “There’s no hope.”Depression doesn’t want you to feel hope or believe that any real kind of change can take place. It will drive down any motivating beliefs you have, ruthlessly crush suggestions from others, and make apathetic and dismissive of any treatment as a way to get better.

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. 

  1. “You’ll never amount to anything.”Depression convinces you that even if are able to feel better, you’ll never be anything of value. Depression will deform your positive beliefs and strike down your hopes and dreams. It’ll leave you vacant. And depression rots away at any hope for greater things.

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.

  1. “Suicide is the way out.”Depression, at its worst, utterly destroys your ability to think and reason. It keeps your thoughts distorted, rigid, narrow and dangerously limited to believing that dying by suicide can relieve you from your emotional and physical pain.

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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