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How to Deal with Depression
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Have you been dealing with depression and want to learn how to cope with it? If so, you’re in the right place. This video is meant to help you deal with depression by giving you tactics that can help give you relief right now.
Noah Elkrief believes that in order to deal with depression and cope with your condition effectively, you first have to understand what causes depression. It may seem as if your depression is created by something being factually wrong with you or your life, but that’s actually not true. If it was, then you would be forced to deal with depression in every moment that the facts were the same.
But, that’s not the case. While your job, house, appearance, personality remain the same, you stop feeling depressed in any moment that you are distracted from your thoughts. That means that depression is created by thoughts, not by facts, and that your feelings aren’t created by anything being wrong with you.
In order to deal with depression and cope with your condition you need to first recognize that who you are is not a depressed person. You are there, and feelings come and go. Sometimes sadness is here, sometimes joy, sometimes hopelessness. None of those feelings are who you are. They are a feeling in a moment.
Take time to understand what thoughts are creating your feelings of depression. Any time you have the unwanted feelings of depression it is because there are thoughts or stories that are being played in your mind. If you want to lose your depression, you first have to identify what specific stories or thoughts are going on that are creating the depression. Feel free to share these thoughts anonymously on Novni, so other people can relate to your story, or write in a journal if you prefer.
Investigate the validity of the thoughts that are going on in your mind. If a thought says “I am worthless” or “I am a failure”, you need to question that assumption. Ask yourself “Can I think of any reasons, evidence, or examples as to why the opposite might be true?” Don’t try to convince yourself that you’re great. Try to ask questions that enable you to discover that your original negative assumptions about yourself and your life might not be true or valid.
Remember that you are not your thoughts. Give some of these tips a try and hopefully you’ll start experiencing some relief from your depression.