Depression creates a blurry grey filter on our line of vision. No matter how many good things happen to us, that filter stops us from feeling pleasure and from feeling good, grateful, and happy.
Depression creates isolation and that’s why it is so important to talk to someone about depression so you don’t feel like you are battling it on your own.
What Depression Falsely Makes You Believe
Depression is tricky.
It makes you believe things that are not true, and in the process, it keeps you more isolated from your loved ones and the people who can help you.
Depression makes you believe all kinds of lies. And many times, you don’t even realize that it’s tricking you.
Has depression has ever made you say these things to yourself?
- I’m surprised there are people out there who love me at all. Really, I bring everyone down.
- Everyone is so busy these days, why would they make time for me?
- Look at them; they are so happy. Don’t be a downer by sharing how you are feeling.
- You are already a burden. Opening up to them will only weigh them down even more.
- Nobody notices you anyway. If they did, they would have come up to you and asked what’s wrong.
- They are going to think you are insane if you tell them how you feel.
- They are not going to believe you. You don’t cry enough. You look like you have a great life.
- They are going to think you just want attention.
- You are going to come across as ungrateful.
- They will probably say something stupid like ‘cheer up’ or ‘snap out of it.’ Why even bother?
You need to talk to someone about depression, whether is with a loved one or though therapy and counseling, because otherwise thoughts like these will consume you and keep you living in the wrong reality.
Why You Need To Talk To Someone About Depression
The things depression makes you believe are easy to take in, especially when you are feeling vulnerable. However, what you must tell yourself every day — what you must try to believe and remember in your darkest hour — is that there will always, always, be someone out there who wants to see you feel better.
It could be a loved one, it could a counselor, whoever that person is, believe that they don’t see you as a burden.
Rather, they see you as someone who has been hit hard by depression — someone who has the power to overcome it and shine through the darkness once again.
Talking to someone you trust about what you are feeling is a powerful move. It’s a way for you to take a step towards healing. When you talk to someone about depression, the benefits include the following.
- Relief – You will feel less tense the minute you unburden how you are feeling onto someone else. When you say things out loud and share your fears, your anxiety and those negative feelings with the world will seem less heavy than when they are stored as a heavy load on your chest.
- You Don’t Feel Alone – Sharing such fears and negative emotions with someone is also a way to ease isolation. When there is someone else out there who knows what you are going through, then you will feel less lonely.
- New Perspective – When you talk to someone about depression, you are automatically bringing in a new voice to tackle these negative emotions. You will get a new perspective and a better chance of tackling your situation.
- Advice – With a new voice, comes advice too. The person giving the advice has to be someone you can trust, preferably a professional who can help you tackle these negative emotions or someone who has experienced depression and can advise you on what to do next.
- Empathy – Sharing your feelings with someone is also a way of getting some much-needed comfort and support. Understanding is crucial during such a difficult time.
- Plan for Progress – It’s important to talk to someone about depression, but you shouldn’t stop there. The person you are confiding in should help you come up with a strategy to beat this. If it’s a professional you are talking to, then that person can advise you. If it’s a loved one, the latter should guide you to a professional who can give you the help you need.
Finding Someone Who Understands
You may find that when you talk to someone about depression, it might not go as you had hoped. Sometimes, our loved ones aren’t able to understand the burden that is depression. When this is the case, find a professional who will know what you are going through.
At the end of the day, you need someone who cares for your needs, who is armed with the right knowledge, and who has the skills to teach you how to conquer depression.
If you are feeling alone and need someone to talk to outside of your friends or family, see if therapy might be a good option for you. To learn more about how this process works, download our free PDF guide for more information. Or call (813-609-6946) us to learn more or schedule an appointment today.
Depression can be beat. But you have to take the first step toward fighting it.