I just finished reading a blogger who blogs about their depression. There were a trillion comments from people who feel the same way and giving their advice as to how to overcome the feeling. Most of the advice included the use of drugs (pharmaceuticals) as an answer.
After my bought with depression, since I was hospitalized for psychosis, I was given a drug called Seroquel. I had a problem sleeping, especially after experiencing what its like to be psychotic and Seroquel helped me sleep – like a log. I was so scared that I would become dependent on this drug that after a month I quit cold turkey and, fortunately, I have not had to return to it.
Drugs are a very scary solution because they are a crutch no matter how you twist and turn it- or how your doctor twists and turns it. If you take a drug too long and you like the effects of the drug, you will eventually not be able to live without the drug. We all know this is true.
But, what do you do if you have symptoms of depression and nothing else works but a drug?
I was also once “depressed” and, yes, I still do cry in bed sometimes and wonder what my life is worth, but I am no longer “depressed”……
Warning: what I am about to suggest may make a lot of depressed people a little upset, probably because they are a little too attached to being referred to as “depressed”…….
I am no longer depressed because I do not define being without motivation and unsure of where to go next in life – depression. It seems as though most of us have this feeling and if were a true disease than maybe that is the epidemic that we should be scared of – not the bird flu.
If you label feeling down and out because you don’t know what direction your life is going to take – “depression”, you will inevitably look for the cures for “depression” – and, unfortunately, the cure is some sort of drug. Even more unfortunate is the fact that there truly are so many people who label themselves “depressed” and take drugs for it as if it is a disease.
How about this for a solution; Accept the fact that you are sad and that there is nothing wrong with that emotion and there is nothing wrong with not being motivated to “do anything”. Accept the fact that a large percentage of human beings have the same feeling as you and it’s OK – you don’t need to “cure” it.
First you have to want to do something before you can feel motivated. If you don’t want to do anything, take it as a sign that you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing and figure out what you are supposed to be doing. This thought alone might motivate you to start your search.
Think, read and explore your life options – and I don’t mean just vocational options. I mean LIFE options. There are so many great books out there that are easy to read and will bring to a new level of understanding to you- and guess what – they will make you feel better about yourself exactly the way you are. Once you are able to feel better about yourself, even if you are still not “motivated to do anything”, you will be motivated enough to continue your search. Your search will replace the drug that your doctor would have prescribed.
The diagnosis of “depression” is just another form of brainwash that we have accepted as truth. If you allow others to convince you that there is something wrong with you because you are not a mover and a shaker like they are (right now) than that is the reason you feel what you (and everyone else around you)have labeled yourself to be – “depressed”.
Label yourself “At a Crossroads” or “Middle of Life Change” or “Finding New Solution” or “None of Your F’in Business”…..whatever you want, but make sure the label doesn’t bring you down.
It’s the same thing as when people are ashamed of their occupation so they inflate their title….when a janitor calls him/herself a “supervisor of custodial services” or a receptionist refers to his/herself as the “administrative assistant to the president of the company”….Do they consider themselves depressed? No. Why? Because they have convinced themselves that they are more than they really are – vocationally. What is wrong with using that psychology when it comes to who you are as a person.
The difference between the two is that in one instance you are lying to yourself and others. In the other instance you are really telling the truth, but you just don’t believe it to be true.
The truth will always set you free.
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