To begin, we are going to look at the initial emotional symptoms of depression. It is important to look at these emotions in order to realize what is causing them and whether or not they are true or not. An aspect of depression is not realizing where these moods come from, and believing everything you think is true, often not considering that they may be false thinking.
Most people struggling with depression have feelings of guilt and shame, worthlessness, feeling there is no point to their life or activities, exhausted, angry, desperate, alone, and stuck without any escape or relief in sight. A person struggling with depression may feel like isolating and/or harming themselves. You may also feel overwhelmed, unable to concentrate or make choices, or full of self loathing.
These thoughts and emotions are fed by thoughts that spiral one deeper into feeling these emotions. Unless you understand what is causing these emotions, you cannot combat them and heal, or replace them with truth.
We are going to look at some ways to analyze what is causing these emotions, as well how to slowly pull ourselves up. But the first step to do that is to ask yourself; do I want to heal? Am I open to the possibility that not all these thoughts or feelings are accurate? Can I find a way to deny them? Ask yourselves these questions first, and think on them for a while, before continuing our discussion on healing depression.
HH4Heroes Depression Diffusion Interactive Strategy #2
Seeing the Forest for the Trees. Keeping perspective is often very difficult in challenging times like these. And yet perspective is everything. It may be helpful to take a written inventory of positive events, people and opportunities in your life. When we make the time to write down the brighter side and the things we are thankful for it can have an immediate and elevating affect on our moods. This is often referred to as a Gratitude Journal. Try this for a week and observe any shift in your mood after recording at least three positive things daily for which you are grateful for seven days straight. You will be surprised!
This is the second of a ten part blog series focused on depression after deployment and what you can do about it. Stay tuned for the next blog on Recognizing the Physical Symptoms of depression.
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