Depression is a cunning condition that uses our thoughts and feelings against us to continue to build itself up. I call these self-fulfilling prophecies because this is how depression supports itself. It gives you an expectation then wants that to be your reality. Below are the commons ways depression sneaks into your life.
- No one cares about me
Depression alters our social life in a way that we become less connected to those around us. It even goes further and makes it more difficult for us to accurately “read” others’ facial cues and connect with them on an emotional level. This is one of the reasons why people you may know start to shy away from others when depression occurs.
- I can’t do anything right
Decision-making is affected almost right away when depression starts to develop. This helps depression to stay in control by making it more difficult to make decisions. This happens and it is difficult to separate yourself from it. This is also where the negative thoughts begin to take place, commonly we are not good enough and that we do not deserve this.
- This will never end
When depression pulls you in, it starts to convince you that you will always feel this way and no matter what, this is how your life will be. It does this by altering brain chemistry to promote these thoughts over time. After awhile, you may start to believe this is how life is supposed to be and stop pushing against it. Many have even reported becoming comfortable with their depression since they have endured it for so long.
Depression is a cunning enemy that can suck all the motivation and fight right out. These self-fulfilling prophecies are what cause depression to start, get worse, and can even lead it to lasting for years. This is one of the many reasons why seeking help to fight against depression can be so effective in separating yourself from it. Having someone to help remind you that people do care, you can do things right, and that depression will end. This goes a long way in breaking those chains of thought that support a depressive lifestyle. If you want an ally to help you with depression, please contact us.