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Depression tells us things that are not true. One of the reasons we believe these lies is because we do not open up and talk enough about mental health. By talking about it, we realize how much help and hope is out there. Here are a few examples.
Lie 1: You are worthless.
During tough moments, your depression is telling you this is true. But it’s not. If you take a step back and think about all of the people in your life who notice and care about you such as a family member, friend, pet, or even that stranger you held the door open for, you will begin to understand how much meaning you have.
Lie 2: You are unlovable or unlikeable.
Depression makes you feel lonely. But that doesn’t mean you are unloved. If depression is making you feel this way, try and think back on all of the good things you have done for other people. You will then start to see how good a person you are. Your depression doesn’t define you.
Lie 3: No one knows how you feel, no one has problems like you and no one could understand.
The isolation that depression can bring upon you can be scary. But it’s so important to realize that you are not alone. So many people, from children to adults, understand what it feels like to be depressed. Sharing these feelings with anyone around you that you can trust is the first step to recovery.
Lie 4: It’ll never get better; you will always feel this way.
While your depression may not disappear overnight, it will not last forever, especially if you ask for help. Something that I came across the other day was that even during your darkest day, you don’t really want to end your life. What you want to end is the pain you feel. With this mindset, you have the opportunity to change the way you think and feel about the world.
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