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Dealing with Loss of Identity in Depression

Dealing with Loss of Identity in Depression

Loss of identity caused by depression is one of the most painful effects of the disorder. But it is possible to maintain or regain who you are and want to be. Learn how on HealthyPlace. Don't let depression make you lose who you are.

Many of us face the loss of identity in depression. It feels as if there is a stranger living inside of us. We don’t recognize the person we see in the mirror. It’s as if depression has stripped us as bare as a tree in the midst of a long, cold winter. It’s difficult, but I deal with a loss of identity in depression and so can you.

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Comparing Ourselves to Others Usually Worsens Depression

Comparing Ourselves to Others Usually Worsens Depression

Comparing ourselves to others only worsens depression. Learn why comparing ourselves to others is dangerous when we're depressed and find out how to quiet those negative voices here at HealthyPlace.

Comparing ourselves to others worsens depression. When I do it, it adds fuel to my negative thoughts and the descent starts there. I have discovered some ways to keep the comparison beast from taking over my mind and my life and therefore worsening my depression.

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How to Stop Feeling Self-Conscious When You’re Depressed

How to Stop Feeling Self-Conscious When You’re Depressed

Feeling self-conscious when you're depressed causes anxiety and greater depression. Learn why feeling self-conscious can be a part of depression and what to do about it at HealthyPlace today.Feeling self-conscious when I am depressed is common for me. I worry about every single thing I do and say. I have found hope in the fact that there are ways to lessen this self-conscious feeling when I’m depressed.

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Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Correct Negative Thoughts and Self-Talk with Positive Truths

Negative thoughts and self-talk commonly plague those with depression and they will keep you depressed. Use positive truths to manage them. Here's how.

Negative thoughts and self-talk are the most frequent symptoms of depression I’ve experienced. Sometimes, it would take one seemingly small comment or event to propel me back down into the despair of an endless cycle of negative thoughts and self-talk from which it could take weeks or sometimes even months to fully recover. I got so tired of other people, situations, and depression having that kind of power over me. I asked my therapist for some depression coping skills and tools that would allow me to be better equipped to fight this battle. And they’re working.

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Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

 

I have been feeling overwhelming depression for the past couple of weeks. Living with a mental illness can make anyone exhausted, turning simple daily tasks into daunting and dreaded foes. My responsibilities loom before me like an abysmal darkness that I cannot escape. Practicing self-care feels impossible. Even thinking about housework or errands exhausts me. Welcome to the hard days of overwhelming depression.

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Apathy in Depression Is Challenging, Not Permanent

Apathy in Depression Is Challenging, Not Permanent

Apathy in depression is the feeling of indifference towards yourself, your life, and those around you (What are the Symptoms of Depression?). Apathy in depression is uncomfortable and disappointing because it makes what you once cared about seem unimportant. My love of being active and working hard has been replaced with a black hole that sucks up my emotions and desires, making me a mess of I-don’t-cares and shoulder shrugs. I fear my apathy in depression and I resent the challenges that indifference creates.

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Binge-Watching Television While Coping with Depression

Binge-Watching Television While Coping with Depression

Binge-watching television is common and easy, but it can complicate your ability to cope with depression. Learn more about binge-watching and its effects.

Binge-watching television while coping with depression doesn’t mix. I’ve been watching episode after episode of Shameless on Netflix this week and it’s been messing with my ability to cope with my depression. While I can easily excuse watching multiple episodes of a show in a row by calling it creative stimulation or a pleasant distraction from my mental health challenges, it’s a bad idea. Binge-watching TV stops me from moving around and accomplishing things and it works me up emotionally. I usually end up more depressed after binge-watching TV than if I have done something else. When I cope with depression, I try not to binge-watch television.

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Coping with Extreme Anger as a Symptom of Depression

Coping with Extreme Anger as a Symptom of Depression

Anger is a challenging symptom of depression, especially when it is constant, extreme, and debilitating. Learn more about anger as a symptom of depression.

I have recently been forced to cope with extreme anger as a symptom of depression. Not crabbiness or grumpiness or irritation–anger. Bitter rage intoxicates my brain and makes it impossible to care about anything (Confronting the Dragon: Mental Illness and Rage). I am indifferent, and I’ve never been indifferent. I cannot find enjoyment in anything, and I have always tried to find little joys. Laughter feels foreign and serenity seems like a figment of my imagination. The most infuriating part is that I have no idea why I am so angry, and the anger has created a setback in my process of coping with depression.

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Depression Can Make It Difficult to Process Emotions

Depression Can Make It Difficult to Process Emotions

Depression has many well-known symptoms, and one of them is how depression makes it difficult to process emotions. This emotional effect is incredibly difficult for me to handle. I was an emotionally repressed child, and I only just started practicing emotional openness in college. I am still learning how to feel in a controlled fashion, how to conduct myself despite intense emotional outbursts, and how to work with feelings instead of against them. And I’m also learning how to cope during the times my depression blows my emotions out of proportion; because, depression complicates my ability to process emotions.

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Depression Does Not Eliminate Your Basic Needs

Depression Does Not Eliminate Your Basic Needs

Depression can make you ignore your basic needs. But if you don't take care of those basic needs, depression worsens. What's the best thing to do about it?

It’s important to realize that depression does not eliminate your basic needs. There are many mornings that I wake up in an uncontrollable rage with nothing to show for it but unwavering anger. In these instances of rage, my usual coping skills of painting, cooking, writing, or exercising do not work. They seem to require too much energy, effort, and thought. I find that my angry self wants only to sit in a tense position with clenched fists, mercilessly criticizing my messy brain. After sitting frozen in this furious position and mindset for a few hours, I fall deeply into a depressive state. I typically ignore my body at this point, skipping meals despite my growling stomach and refusing to use the restroom (Importance of Self-Care to Your Mental Health). But I’ve learned that depression does not eliminate your basic needs.

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