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Depression Denial, Are You In It?

What Is Depression Denial?

Depression denial is very common, particularly in those who are suffering from a clinical depression. In fact, it may be the underlying cause for long-term sufferers of the disease. Depression denial is as the term implies, the outright refusal to believe that one is depressed. In most cases, this may not be so black-and-white. It can begin as a little “pick-me-up” after an initial few weeks of depression and then morph into a series of mood swings where the bad spells gradually get longer and the good spells get shorter and shorter. The person in question would have an underlying depression throughout this period but would purposefully try to bring themselves out of the depression by manipulating their feelings. They may say to themselves that they have a new lease on life, set ambitious goals and reacquaint themselves with certain activities such as going to the gym or running. This does not usually last however since the cause of their depression is not treated. A lot of people buy self-help books when they are depressed, hoping that they can start anew but this is also just a way of controlling what one is feeling in the moment and does very little to examine the reason why one is depressed. 





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The Impact Of Depression Denial

Somehow we have an innate urge to turn a blind eye to whatever is hurting us. The trick instead is to be honest with our state of mind and to examine the root cause of our depression. It is easier to look away from the knife that is held in front of our chest but if we do, we’ll have no way of stopping it. This is not to say that we have to solve that problem, because the act of solving the issue is also a way of controlling our feelings in the current moment. Rather we must look and accept what is there. Yes, we shall ultimately strive to correct what is causing us harm, but this “correction” should not be short-term or a “quick fix” because a short-term solution is a short-lived solution and a “quick fix” is a frequent fix. Imagine breaking a leg, only to put a plaster over it, or mending a broken bridge with a few wooden planks just because you found them nearby. That would be completely unacceptable. You must think of your depression in the same way. See it as a long-term project that requires thorough planning and serious execution. Depression denial is what people who are not serious about their depression do. They cling to simple answers to complex questions then get dismayed when their problem is not solved. As you can tell, this only serves to add fuel to the fire of your depression and takes you even further away from the ultimate goal which is a tranquil life.


Philip Andersson

Life Coach

Cross Culture Therapy

@CCTphilip


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Philip Andersson – Life Coach

Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.

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