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.
Depression Makes You Feel Even More Alone
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 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?
One of the best things you can do to fight depression is to find someone to talk to about it. Yet, your mind will put you in a place where you begin to pull away from people.
Don’t listen to these negative thoughts. Reach out and find someone to talk to.
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.
What Happens When You 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.
Find The Support That’s Right for You
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. Sometimes, you might not click with a counselor or therapist right away.
Everyone is different and needs different people, tools, and resources to find what will work best for them.
If your first attempt doesn’t go as well as you hoped, don’t stop there.
The support that is right for you is out there. Depression can be beat. You just have to find what’s right for you — and it starts with talking about what you’re feeling and seeking support. You have a variety of options for support, and you will find what is right for you.
We invite you to explore a variety of options.
- Call a Hotline: To immediately find someone to talk to 24/7, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
- Therapy / Counseling: Find a professional therapist or a counselor who can best meet your needs. At Loving Life Today, we have a variety of providers under one roof. We meet with you and match you with the provider we think will be the best fit for you. If it doesn’t fit, we can match you with someone else.
- Virtual Therapy: If you don’t want to go into an office to talk to a therapist or a counselor, you don’t have to. You can get support right from the comfort of your own home with virtual therapy. Loving Life Today offers sessions both in-person and online so you don’t have to leave your couch to find someone to talk to.
- Psychiatry: The difference between a therapist and a psychiatrist is that a psychiatrist can provide mediation to help your with you depression symptoms. Loving Life Today also has psychiatry services under our roof.
- Depression Treatment: For depression that doesn’t seem to subside, consider if a depression treatment program like Ketamine might work for you. Ketamine depression treatment has proven to effectively reduce the symptoms of depression. Ketamine therapy is also available at Loving Life Today.
Whatever you decide is right for you, we only ask one thing: don’t do nothing.
If you want to overcome depression, you need to take action. You can beat it — and you will be much more likely to beat it if you talk to someone and get the support and resources you need.
If you have any questions about how Loving Life Today can help guide you to what is right for you, please call us at 813-609-6946 or request our info packet below to learn more about us. We’re here for you.