The 7 Reassuring Things to Remember About Your Depression
By Dr Becky Spelman
is not sadness; it is something completely different that’s hard to describe to
someone who’s never experienced it before. It’s the absence of emotion. A cold
apathy that takes hold of your cognitive process, and puts the breaks on your
life, relationships and anything else that is the least bit important to you.
remains one of the most widely experienced, yet grossly misunderstood mental
conditions. Although significant steps are being taken to empathise with
people’s struggle to lead functional lives, there still remains a certain
amount of stigma surrounding the illness, or at the very least misinformation.
you’ve found yourself suffering from depression or know anyone who does, here
are some points to remember that aren’t always so apparent when in the midst of
a downward episode.
1. It Doesn’t Last Forever
be a tough one to wrap your head around when you’re in the very worst stages of
chronic depression. But it’s true, everything is finite, and nothing, not one
experience lasts a lifetime. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and you can get there. You just need to keep this
firmly in mind. Depression is not a life sentence.
3. People aren’t trying to be
intrusive; they do care
be hard when friends and family are reaching out to you, saying all the things
that only provides more of disconnect, such as, ‘just snap out of it,’ or ‘you
don’t look depression.’ But remember, it isn’t their fault. If they’ve never
experienced mental illness before, it can be hard for them to relate. But they are doing their best, as much as it may
be hard for you to accept.
4. Getting better doesn’t
mean right now. It’s a process.
to recovery is often a long one with multiple stalls, setbacks and frustrations
along the way. You might even have experienced that already. Recovery isn’t
always easy, but it is entirely
possible. Don’t allow one setback to anchor you in the mindset of defeat. You
can overcome the odds.The only way is forwards, one step at a time.
5. Wanting Personal Space is
fine and Natural (Don’t feel guilt or shame)
nature of depression means you will invariably want and need to spend a lot of time by yourself, though not to the
extent you become isolated. However, it’s a fact depression reduces the
willingness and capacity for social interaction. Knowing your limits and
sticking to them is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need space and time, it is
on your say so.
6. Depression does not make weak
can affect anyone, even those larger than life characters that appear to have
the world at their feet. It’s a condition that doesn’t discriminate or target
particular groups of people. If you feel as though, this is exactly the thing
that would happen to you – don’t. It’s exactly the thing that can happen to
7. Everyone’s depression is
is experienced in many in different ways. Some people’s condition may be more
severe than others, meaning they live a more isolated life. If your condition
allows you to function well enough to socialise and turn in for work, it
doesn’t make your case any less worthy of attention than someone with more
severe symptoms. You’re worthy of receiving help, and shouldn’t be afraid of
asking for it.
*** If you’re struggling with depression and feel like you aren’t getting enough support to move forward, one of our specialists would be happy to provide you with a Free 15 minute consultation.
The 7 Reassuring Things to Remember About Your Depression was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Dr Becky Spelman
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