240. Five Traits that can Cause Depression

The twenty-first century is starting to be called the age of melancholy, that is, feeling down or being downright depressed. It is well understood that traumatic events can cause depression; just look at the soldiers returning from Afghanistan. A less understood cause of depression is the traits of those who become depressed.

  1. Feeling sorry for yourself and expecting pity from others.
  2. Thinking of all the bad things that could happen to you in the future.
  3. Ruminating endlessly on the past.
  4. Considering yourself worse off than others.
  5.  Not satisfied with anything less than perfect.

Being aware of any or all of these traits in yourself is one thing; doing something about them is quite another. You don’t just wake up one morning and say, “Today I will stop feeling sorry for myself.” Maybe some people can do that, but most can’t. If you recognize any of these traits in yourself, it’s time to see a psychotherapist, counselor, or anyone else who can work with you to eradicate the trait(s).

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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