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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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