The Fine Line of Depression
Depression is defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest (Mayo Clinic). There are many causes for depression as stated on the Mayo Clinic website, but to that list, I’d like to add my “opinion:” Some forms of depression are caused by all of the terrible things a person tells themselves about themselves. None of which are remotely true.
I am not a medical professional and again the above is just my opinion based on my own personal experience with clinical depression over 10 years ago and my opinion is not based on any medical fact that I am aware.
Of course there are more serious forms of depression and I am not in any way diminishing the seriousness of this mental disorder. However, for some people suffering from depression, by simply changing the way that you think and talk to yourselves can be life altering. Trust me, I know that it is much easier said than done.
For over 2 years (more than 10 years ago), I convinced myself that I was not worthy of all of the good and wonderful things that life had to offer. Then one day as I sat on my mother’s front porch filling my head with these lies, I stopped in the midst of a lie and said “Hell no! That is not true. Who in the world ever put this into my head?” And at that very moment, I had to confess: I was the ONLY one that had put all of those negative thoughts into my head about myself. Everyone else in the world it seemed, or at least everyone that knew me, knew the great potential that I had and still have.
People all around me knew that I was smart, funny, intelligent, resourceful, They knew that I was a deep thinker that loved to write and most importantly they knew that I was worthy of all of the things that I had convinced myself that I wasn’t worthy of.
So back to the beginning about Depression: The Big Lie. Depression is very real and a very serious disorder. But it’s the bad things that you tell yourself about yourself that is the big life.
If this sounds like your situation, I am here to tell you that you can “Hit the Reset” button on your depression and take your life back. I’m not telling you what somebody told me. I am speaking what I know. By all means you should seek medical attention and follow the advice of your doctor. But don’t dismiss the fact that you may be able to change your life simply by eliminating your negative thoughts and start replacing them with positive affirmations.
That’s my story and I’m here to tell you that I am so very glad and thankful that I hit the reset button and put an end to the lies that I was telling myself.
“Every day presents an opportunity to hit The reset button on your life.” Charita Cadenhead