One of the most challenging pieces of dealing with depression is the Catch-22. Everything one needs to do in order to overcome (or work towards the recovery of) depression is compromised by the very symptoms causing the depression.
Here are several examples. In order to recover from depression, one should…
- Eat a healthy diet, yet many people are unable to eat (or overeat) due to the depression.
- Exercise regularly, yet depression often takes away one’s energy.
- Socialize, yet many of those suffering from depression tend to isolate themselves.
- Attempt to get a good night of sleep, yet many with depression struggle with getting enough sleep.
- Enjoy their hobbies, yet most people with depression tend to lose interest in their hobbies.
- Get outside for fresh air and sunlight, yet many times those with depression are also faced with anxiety that tends to keep them inside their home.
- Monitor and stop negative thinking, yet many with depression ruminate and see only the negative side of things, even when there may not realistically be a negative side.
While the purpose of this post is to acknowledge that recovery from depression can be very challenging, it’s essential to maintain hope. Depression is treatable! Reach out for support. Connect with trusted loved ones. Acknowledge small successes! It takes time and effort, but you will recover!
Please see my post titled, “Tips for Dealing with Depression” for more suggestions on how to work towards recovery. If you are attempting to support someone else with depression, I would recommend my post titled, “Supporting One with Depression“, where I offer differentiated tips for supporting a loved one, a close friend, or an acquaintance.
I would like to credit the incredibly informative book, “Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope” by Dr. Jon G. Allen for many of the ideas in this post.
As always, I welcome and encourage comments to this post. Thank you!
Very interesting thanks. I write about mental health too. Would love if you could visit, and maybe follow, my blog. All the best, llse (from South Africa)
Yes, its a catch 22 alright. it seems that people are saying if you just reverse all of your symptoms you won’t be depressed anymore – hmm… that’s like saying : if we just lower your blood pressure it wont be high anymore! Obviously! But as you said, it’s the HOW that’s the hard part, little steps…