Remember that #depression and #anxiety both come from a misunderstanding about how the brain works. The #brain is a "comparison machine". It doesn't know how to do anything else. It compares every experience you are having to other experiences you've had or could be having.
It's your job to remind the brain that it only sees things in black & white (& based on assumptions). You're not your brain (it's a tool). ALL thoughts are based on an incomplete picture (a half-truth). Reminding yourself that your thoughts aren't fact, that they're only half the
picture, allows you to keep yourself in a state of awareness. The reason #DepressionIsReal is because we believe our thoughts ARE reality - they are not. Thoughts are fragments of information, used by the brain to develop context. The greater the context, the greater the #wisdom.
This is one more way to help w/ #depression - remind yourself that every dark, lonely, or painful experience is showing you half of a larger picture...and making it possible for you to experience the other half later with a greater depth of #appreciation & #joy. #ThisTooShallPass
If you find it hard to get out of "comparison mode" & separate yourself from your thoughts, you will probably find this video helpful. I explain 3 cognitive behaviors that make it difficult to transcend your thoughts.
Questions? Don't hesitate to ask.
There have been a few people who think I'm implying fault in my message above. I'm not. If you think learning to see things differently implies fault in not doing so previously, please read this tweet.
Another response I've had from a few people is that, since I am not a medical professional, my point about the brain working through comparison isn't worth considering. For your perusal: psychologytoday.com/ca/articles/20…
And please keep in mind that although the insight I've shared above can be helpful in the long-term, it is NOT a quick fix or cure. If your depression feels overwhelming or you are considering self-harm, please see a professional counselor and/or visit the local hospital.
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