Do you believe you deserve depression?

I seen a question online that stated “why do people like me deserve depression”? My heart caved wondering how someone could think they deserve to suffer with depression.

Then someone with their meaning-well yet, insensitive response stated “it is a disease”. Just saying disorder could have been okay if we have to go there. Words hurt people. Let’s be more sensitive and empathetic.

NO ONE deserves depression (not you either).

It just happens to them like any other uncontrollable event.

Depression is tricky. It can have you believing all kinds of negative things about yourself that are not simply true. It can be difficult to see positivity or faulty thinking when you are depressed. Depression can make you believe everything you believe negative is real or factual.

The feeling is definitely “real”, but the cognitive distortions cause individuals to perceive reality inaccurately.

One helpful way to perceive depression is a temporary moment where you might perceive your life as “bad” or “pointless”. It will not last forever. It is just an indicator that chemistry has changed in your body and your thought processes have changed into a negative outlook. Sometimes I describe it as “having negative glasses on”.

It is important that now since you understand you struggle with depression, you learn how to take care of yourself. Understand what it means to struggle with depression and what can you do daily to work towards relieving it.

It’s all about adapting to your individual needs. You have to learn what you need and how to give that to yourself. If you have difficulty in improving, you can always seek professional help.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

The take away is to research and learn more about you and how to manage your depression. You are very much deserving of a happy and more fulfilling life. You do not have to settle for anything less.

Comment below! In what ways have you learned to overcome your depression? It may help someone else on their journey.

Published by Asha Griffin, MA, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

I am Asha Griffin, a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina. I am dedicated to improving the mental health of others and helping them to "tend to their gardens". My goal is to inspire people in finding better balance in their lives.

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