Creating new options can help you end depression

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

I am depressed what should I do

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What should I do?” when you felt angry?
The main reason we know what to do when we are angry is that we are usually aware of the person or the object that we should direct our anger towards but in the case of depression the anger is kept inside us.This is why people sometimes describe depression as “Anger turned inwards”

Suppose that a careless driver broke your car’s mirror, wont you shout at him right away? Try not to do so (without thinking of forgiveness) and you will end up feeling down after he leaves.

Depression and anger are closley related. Whenever you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to direct your anger towards anything you will get depressed. I in this article i will tell you what you should do when you feel depressed.

How depression happens

When you become angry you quickly start looking for the cause of your anger then decide how you are going to deal with it. A quick mechanism in your brain quickly scans the available options then provides them to you in order to choose one from them. These options might be something like 1) Shout at the person 2) Break his neck 3) Forgive him

Now what if the person who broke your car’s mirror was a well known terrorist who was famous for killing 299 persons in the past year, will you have any options available?

Of course you wont unless you want to become the victim number 300 and in this case you will store your anger inwards and you might become depressed as a result. So depression is a special case of anger where there are no options available for dealing with its causes.

In my book, The ultimate guide to getting over depression I explained how depression and helplessness are two sides of the same coin. Once you become helpless in facing a certain problem you will become depressed if solving it was essential to your well being.

What you should do to get over depression

If you want to get over depression then you must learn how to create new options instead of being helpless. Two different people can face the same exact problem yet one become depressed because of the lack of options while the other suffers from nothing as the result of being resourceful.

The main reason people lack options when dealing with problems is that :

  • They have false beliefs: "Its all about luck", "I can never do that" or "There is no hope". Such beliefs are either acquired from your past experiences or from people who told you about their past experience. If you want to get over depression then you must learn how to challenge these false beliefs
  • Learn new skills: The more skills you have and the more resourceful you become the less likely you will find yourself helpless. Helplessness is the core of depression. If you didn’t feel helpless you won’t become depressed
  • Know your enemy: No its not the unfairness of life or your bad luck but it’s the lack of you skills, hard work and problem solving abilities. Instead of blaming everyone else for your pain and becoming helpless learn how to analyze the situation to find the real object that you should direct your anger towards

The next time you become depressed don’t ask yourself What should I do? because there are certainly lots of things that can be done.

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