other blog posts about depression
Just a few thoughts tonight.
I’ve just read a few other
bogs blogs whose main focus is depression. My heart really goes out to those who have posted just tonight about their struggles. I wish I could talk to them in person. Or just hug them.
Depression is so horrendous it breaks my heart to read their posts. I hope they have someone to talk to. Someone who won’t judge them. But also someone who will challenge them. Someone who will encourage them to examine their own lives and be willing to admit what part they play in their own depression. Please understand, I’m not suggesting the old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” approach.
Remember I’ve been there. But the hard truth is we are usually our own worst enemy. People who fall victim to depression are usually people who feel the pain of life much deeper than most. They are usually highly intelligent and deep thinkers. It’s harder for them to shake off what so many others can. It’s like their barometers respond to life’s pressures from a highly sensitized state. If they can learn to take those same qualities and turn them into strengths their lives will turn around.
It’s hard to look at ourselves and bear some responsibility. Depressive people are no more culpable, however, than anyone else. I hear it all the time. I hear it from myself. The tendency to blame someone or something else for our current emotional state. And, of course, other people and other things do impact us. They can truly put us in a tailspin. But they do not, I repeat they do not, make us think or behave they way we do. WE do that all by ourselves.
I am not talking about depression caused by grief or physical illness. And I am not suggesting that one might not need help in the form of medication and/0r therapy for a while. But there’s sound research that suggests there are ways we can manage or sometimes even eliminate depression. It just requires a lot of work and a lot lifestyle change.
Anyway, if you are struggling tonight, don’t be afraid to ask yourself-Is it really from an outside source or does the answer lie deep within your own heart?
Rest easy tonight.