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Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can have a resounding impact on how we view the world and how we think the world views us. It feeds off our isolation, telling us lies to keep us exactly where it wants us. For some, it can raise questions about their purpose in life and how they will never fulfill it. Depression can even lead them to take drastic, irreversible measures. The most important thing is to remember that as alone as it wants us to feel, that will never be the case. Banyan Mental Health breaks down just a few of the ways that depression lies to you and why you should not listen to it.
One of the most debilitating lies that depression will tell you is that, even if you tried to get help, no one would care either way. Isolation is one of depression’s most powerful weapons. It will make us believe the idea that we are unlovable and that those that say they are here for us are only doing so out of pity. This could not be farther from the truth. It is often not until we make it out on the other side that we realize how many people were rooting for us the whole time.
“You’re Not Good Enough”
For many people, it is not difficult to look at those around us and feel insecure. For example, we are simultaneously encouraged to love ourselves while being sold the idea that we are not good enough until we purchase a product. This sensation does nothing to qualm the often-unconscious feelings that we are never going to meet the expectations of others and ourselves. The truth of the matter is that most of these expectations are not as powerful as we give them credit for. You are human, and through simply being here, you are more than enough.
“You Are Unfixable”
Let’s make one thing abundantly clear: You are NOT broken. Depression is great at making sufferers feel like they are unlovable or worthless. The truth of the matter is that this kind of negative thinking is a hot pot for low self-esteem. Practicing positive self-talk can make a world of difference. That is not to say things will always be easy but learning how to love oneself is an extremely brave and beneficial endeavor to go after.
“There Is No Hope”
One of the most formidable opponents of depression is the presence of hope. It is what gets us out of bed every day and motivates us toward our goals. Of course, it can be difficult to visualize this when in the throes of a depressive episode. Just remember this: We would not have rainbows without a thunderstorm. The storm will always pass, and at that point, it is in our hands to either sit and wallow in how drenched the rain made us or dry ourselves off and appreciate the blessings we have despite it.
“Being Alone Is Better”
It is easy for depression to fester when there is only ourselves to battle it. At that point, we can begin to falter in our own ability to care for ourselves. It can repeat many of the points discussed earlier and reinforce them by exclaiming that while we suffer alone, placing that onto another is just as bad. Once we are stuck in that current of isolation, it can be easy to forget anything but it. We are stronger in numbers, and there ARE people who are happy to help you, that want to see you succeed, and who will be there for you even in the moments of darkness.
Banyan Is Here to Help
The ways that depression lies to you can cause irreparable damage. Without proper care, people are susceptible to substance abuse, self-harm, or worse. If you or a loved one needs the best mental health care in Boca Raton, our programs are designed to treat a variety of illnesses. With treatment methods such as pet therapy and motivational interviewing, patients can find themselves engaged in the process while simultaneously benefiting. Additionally, our residential mental health program serves as a comprehensive and effective option, with each experience designed with our patients’ needs in mind.
To learn more about options for mental illness treatment in Boca, call Banyan at 888-280-4763 today.