77. How Important is Right Thinking?

King Solomon said, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

The cesspool of depression is thinking negative thoughts – looking back to mistakes you made in your past; feeling as if you are a victim; seeing yourself as a failure and worthless in the eyes of other people; thinking you have no meaning or purpose in your life and would be better off dead; being critical of those around you; being stuck in endless ruminating about some trauma that happened to you in the past; and on and on with dark thoughts.

If this description fits you, you need help to

escape the cesspool. A counselor working with you on cognitive behavioral therapy or a Christian psychotherapist working with you on inner healing to discover with you the lies and strongholds in your life are two options for healing.

Then there is help from Scripture that can change your negative thinking.

Romans 12:2
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God knows how destructive negative thinking is to our well-being, and He offers the solution in Philippians 4:8. Think negative thoughts and stay in the cesspool or think positive thoughts and the truth will set you free.

If you are too far down the path of depression, to think positive thoughts is nearly impossible. You need to reach a baseline of stability first, whether that is medication or something else. It’s when you reach that stability that you need to seek help to escape negative thinking, and you need to be part of the process yourself in what you choose to think. Positive thinking will help distance you from depression. Negative thinking will help bring you back to the depression you just escaped from.

I must repeat my mantra once more: I’m not talking about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. That’s what people who have not experienced depression might say to one depressed. What I am saying is to allow others to help you; to seek the healing of your body, soul, and spirit; and to keep yourself from dangerous input into your depression and seek the safe ground.

Here is a practical option for you. Go to www.bipolaradvantage.com and take a free course on the concepts of bipolar and depression InOrder. After the free concepts course, you can see if you want to take the full suite of courses. They are not that expensive. I went through the entire set of courses and am much better off because of it.



About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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