Do You Battle Depression? Who wins?
With the medical advances of the past 10 to 20 years, if you battle depression you are likely to have been prescribed any of a number of effective anti-depressant medications.
At this point, my crash was over 30 years ago, so by the time anti-depressants became commonly used, I was beyond most of the feelings of hopelessness and despair that would have warranted using anti-depressants.
As I battled my most negative feelings, all I knew to do was head to the self help section of a local bookstore. Authors like Norman Vincent Peale and Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho Cybernetics, gave me my first ideas that I have the power to control my self image. They showed me that how I feel about myself does a lot to determine how others see me.
The Power of Attitude
When I first began developing an interest in the power of Attitude, I was so trapped in the “Attitude prison” of resentment, self pity,fear and bitter anger that I could not think in a Win-Win mode. Concerning myself with the welfare of others was beyond the scope of what I could even imagine, much less do.
Before I could bring myself to begin caring about other people’s life books, I had to come to a place where I fully accepted the book I’d been given.
Fighting Depression Using a Higher Power…
This next thing sounds a little spooky and concerns having a spiritual connection to your higher power. I call my higher power God or Jesus. Anyway, once I fully accepted that the way things are in my life is exactly the way they are supposed to be, I became free to care how other people feel about things in their lives.
This brings us to the whole question concerning the chicken and the egg. Which comes first…
Feeling good about yourself because you care about others or caring about others because you feel good about yourself?
Which Comes First is Irrelevant!
- When I’m comfortable being who I am, I find it easier to have compassion for others.
- It’s impossible for me to feel sorry for myself when I’m helping someone who has more problems than I do.
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