Knowing You are not Alone is a Valuable Thought
I came across a pretty good article by Andrea Wachter entitled 7 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Battling Depression. Some of them are great on paper but hard to accomplish. My favorite is telling yourself you are not alone.
Here are Andrea Wachter’s seven things.
- Don’t believe everything you think.
- Do the opposite of what the “voice of depression” suggests.
- Don’t open virus-infested links.
- Upgrade your mantras.
- You are not alone.
- Something needs to die, but not you!
- One chapter is not the whole book.
I think it’s a pretty good list. Battling most of them when you’re in the throws of depression can be a massive battle. My psychiatrist in NYC used to always tell me #1 word for word. Don’t believe everything you think. I know it’s hard not to believe what’s going on in your head. It’s hard because the disease takes you there. Somedays – for me most days – it’s impossible to tell yourself not to believe those thoughts. I don’t really know how to overcome them all. Having a therapist you like is a good start.
Doing the opposite of what the “voice of depression” suggests can be nearly impossible to accomplish. The depression says sleep. You need to get up. The depression says stay home and be alone. You should get out and see friends. Again, this is all great on paper but lord it is hard to do.
I think the best one, besides not believing everything you think, is knowing you are not alone. Out of the seven things to know, this is a great one. I also think it’s the most doable when you’re in the throws of depression.
You Are Not Alone
I write several blogs but every time I write about my struggles with depression, I get more emails than you can imagine. I get email from people who also suffer from depression. Email from people who have attempted suicide (And obviously failed at it). People who have a friend or family member who unfortunately succeeded in take their life. Mental illness is more widespread than most people care to admit. In my opinion, if you can tell yourself one thing, it’s you are not alone.
There’s help out there. There are an unbelievable amount of people who know exactly what you’re going through.
Need immediate help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.