260. Write a New Script

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As if the public stigma of having depression were not bad enough, self-stigma constantly harasses a depressed person: “I am weak, unworthy, broken, a plague on society.” It’s a terrible story heard over and over again.

What to do? Change the script you are telling yourself: Yes, I am depressed now, but I’ll get better eventually. I’ll find a psychiatrist who can really help me. [Don’t stay with one who isn’t; they’re not all the same.] Maybe I need to see a psychotherapist instead of a counselor. I have a friend who went through depression and she’s much better now; I’ll see if she’ll spend some time with me. There is a pastor in my church who seems empathetic.

There are two points to remember. First is that a depressed person can rarely pull himself or herself out of the pit. Second is that positive self-talk is better than negative ruminating. It’s not easy, but it can be done. I know because I’ve done it. Write yourself a new script.

New scripting can not only help one with depression, it can help with any condition that has you down.

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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