One thing I’d like you all to know is that depression can control your thoughts. When you start thinking you’re a failure or something is all your fault, that life’s not worth living or that people would be better off without you, remember that’s the Depression Trying To Control Your Thoughts!
So, know that these things are not true! The people that love you want you to be around! Think about how much they mean to you (people you love), well, that’s how much you mean to them!
I used to think that some people would be better off without me in their lives. I wasn’t contemplating suicide or anything, I just thought they would be. I don’t feel like that now. I know they love and need and want me around. Imperfections and all.
When I feel overwhelmed, unconfident, indecisive, unhappy and just plain miserable, I know it’s the depression. Over the years I’ve learned to control some of these feelings, some of the time. For instance when I feel overwhelmed, which I do a lot, I take a deep breath and tell myself to slow down and do one little thing at a time. This really helps me. Like when I want to clean out a cupboard, I tell myself, just take one thing out at a time and put it away or throw it away. This really does work. Try it sometime!
. . . We can’t always figure out the cause of depression or change difficult problems. The most important thing is to recognize the symptoms and get help. It can go on for months or even years, the best thing to do is start with your doctor and see if he thinks you need a specialist, like a therapist. I actually love going to therapy. I feel so good when I leave there! Just make sure you really like the person you’re talking to.
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