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9 Common Depression Traps That Worsen Your Blues

Surprising Habits That are Making You Sad

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  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
    an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    - Winston Churchill
  • A good article, I wish I had known it's insights some years back when I was going thru some tough times. I could have used these suggestions then. But good to keep them in mind now.
  • Helpful information!
  • Need to rethink some of the things I do
  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    OMG I needed this .
  • Coming across this article today was SO timely! I realized that I am doing all 9 of these things; but I also realize that I can stop doing them. Especially now that I know I will feel better.
  • Goodness...i've done many of these things. My biggest go to junk food is chocolate. I have finally gotten myself to eat dark chocolate. A small piece of dark chocolate is actually good for you
  • I needed this article today. I often feel a little down in the morning. It is hard to get motivated when my life has changed so much. In the past I usually turned to food, which accounts for a 70 lb weight gain. I pinned this article. Thanks.
  • It 's true that exercise and being around others, {even when you don't feel like it} and definitely not RUMINATING on what makes you sad helps lift depression. It helped me to go to my daily yoga class even when I really didn't want to and I was able to get over my depression and move on.
  • This article is wonderful in so many ways. It reaffirms so much of cognitive behavioral therapy, and is easily understood. It is always helpful to see there is light at the end of the tunnel. Being depressed can be so sad and lonely that just knowing some other people understand and offer help when all seems so bleak is reassuring. It's not easy to climb out of that dark place by yourself. When you need help let someone know!
  • I agree that light-hearted comedies and laughing at some point can get you through it and allow you not to spiral down. However, it seems like there are a lot of people out there that think you SHOULD suffer in these situations. For example:

    When my mother was dying in a coma my siblings and I were often together and we tried to think of the happy times we had with my mother. Occasionally we would laugh at some funny incident. Once, when we were laughing, an older nurse walked in and obviously was visibly upset that we were laughing in a room where my mother was dying (mind you, my mother had a terrific sense of humor and would not have minded at all). After my mother died, this nurse actually went to the police and said that my mother's death looked "suspicious". Well, of course, the police had to do something since she complained, but after reading the paramedics and doctor's reports, they simply called us on the phone and had us explain what happened the night she collapsed, said that it matched what the doctors/paramedics said and closed the case. On the positive side, the hospital was so embarrassed that the nurse did this, they didn't charge us a penny.

    And, I also remember when I went through a divorce and felt my whole world was falling apart, but tried to keep a happy face at work and continued with my normal joking around with my fellow employees. Again, an older woman started admonishing me in front of the other workers and said she didn't know how I could be laughing since I was going through a divorce. I just said to her that I could either laugh or I could cry--and that I chose to laugh.

    Really--it's bad enough you feel life collapsing in on you without others trying to stomp on you and make it collapse faster and harder!!
  • This is a great article, right up until the last paragraph. As someone whose depression is part of ptsd, comments such as that people 'often' experience 'enormous positive growth' from very traumatic events is a little too much pressure when coping can be pretty tough.
    Thankfully, the tips in the numbered points are a lot more helpful...
  • CELLA_P
    Many thanks for such a wise, resourceful, and insightful article! It's odd how guys head for beer 'n' pizza while women, for wine and Ben & Jerry's (I can see the latter, but alcohol - for me - is a 100%-guaranteed depressant). Countering rumination is pivotal, isn't it?

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