Considering all the things that a person can regret, can’t avoid, can’t understand or can’t afford, it’s understandable that you feel depressed. You might even be irritated at the title of this article, The Number One Reason Why You Can’t Overcome Your Depression. But if you’re thinking “There are countless reasons for not being able to overcome depression, not just one” then you might feel better by looking at the last paragraph of this piece, then re-reading every paragraph from top to bottom. Lesser people might feel the urge to start a flame war such as Facebook witnesses minute by minute. It’s your call.
Depression is a mind/body problem with a chemical reality, the result of a point of view that damages our hopes for the future. It’s called negativity or pessimism. Nurturing that negativity is the reason that people remain depressed; it bolsters a destructive mindset and it damages physical health with a serious impact on mental health. The vicious cycle is hard to break. Intentionally focusing on positive, strengthening thoughts is the key to overcoming depression, to breaking out of the vicious cycle. It takes practice, which implies success and failures. Even motivational speaker Tony Robbins endorses failure as road to success because we gain insights from our failures. He repeatedly remarks that “Success and failure are not overnight experiences; it’s all the small decisions along the way that cause people to fail or succeed.” We can build on the insights gained along the way out of depression for a better future. Keep practicing as you perfect your positive point of view over time. That’s normal behavior.
Medication can help people who need that boost to come out of a depressed state. Medicated people can nurture their mental health with a purposely positive point of view, too. When they reach the point of not needing anti-depressants, and there are numerous reasons why medications are not long-term solutions, they can enjoy the same sense of relief, self-respect and optimism as non-medicated people who conquered their depression, too.
There are simple, grass-root efforts to help you past depression. Many formerly depressed people consider Dr. Abraham Low, founder of the Recovery Method and author of Mental Health Through Will-Training to be a blessing in their lives. Participate in Recovery meetings based on Low’s work if you can. These can be enormously helpful not only to recovering psychiatric patients, but to anyone willing to work on improving their mental state. Other venues such a talk therapy, involvement in social groups and meaningful, uplifting causes can lift a person into happiness over the long term.
I issued a challenge to depressed people reading this article. Those of you who took me up on that read this presentation in various ways. All of you mastered the impulse to ignore, dispute or argue with the premise that it’s possible to overcome depression. Smile inwardly and outwardly. You’ve earned the self-satisfaction with your self-control and sophistication. Go ahead. Find out that you have what it takes to overcome your depression.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.