–For those of you with SAD, today is the shortest day of the year, and things will get better for you.–
Here’s a continuation of “Can the Mind Heal Depression” by John Folk-Williams on his blog storiedmind.com.
that our reaction to depression is more important than its symptoms. He believes that the mind’s reaction can make the difference between crippling illness or powerful insight – but it takes a lot of work to get control over the response. Wootton emphasizes that achieving the level of self-mastery needed to transform depression into something positive is a lengthy and demanding process.”
“As important as all these practices and changes in attitude were, they still didn’t add up to an overall and stable sense of well-being. I had been working with most of these methods for years with only halting improvement.
“A further change did occur, but much of it was unconscious. As I’ve described it before, I stopped believing all the negative ideas I had about myself. Those beliefs had been the force that held all the symptoms of depression together. They enhanced their power to the point that I felt overwhelmed and helpless.
“Once I believed I was basically a sound and capable person – rather than a worthless or monstrous creature – depression broke apart into its separate pieces. I felt like a well person who occasionally got sick, not a sick person who occasionally got well.
“Another shift occurred that amounted to a redefinition of recovery. I used to think of getting well in terms of ending symptoms. When they stopped, everything would be great.
“Recovery no longer means getting rid of symptoms. It means living a fulfilling life no matter what remnants of depression stay with me.”
These ideas will be hard to grasp for one who is in serious or major depression. That’s why it’s important to become somewhat stable first, which may mean medication. But once they are grasped, oh what a difference they make. I am a well person who occasionally has depression tugging at my sleeve. But between the stimulus and my reaction to it, there is time to frame the depressive condition into a temporary inconvenience rather than a monster that is going to drag me down into the pit. There is hope if you include body, soul, and spirit into your healing regimen.