Though I get the spirit of this photo (normalizing depression as an unseen illness on par with more clearly visible physical conditions), this photo is a terrible example of self-talk!!!
It’s an unpopular opinion, but I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:
Saying “My depression” or “my anxiety” is a terrible script for one’s mental health.
It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that is absolutely awful if one’s goal is to overcome feelings of depression.
Think about it…
Emotions are like colds. You have a cold. You do not posses or become a cold. You notice it, you respond accordingly, and you trust that it won’t last forever.
We don’t say “I am the flu!”
Emotions are the same way!!!
So here’s a tip…
Rather than saying “my depression” try saying…
I notice that I’m feeling sad, and that’s okay. Nevertheless, I am resilient, determined, and worthy as I am.
That’s the mentally fit way!
Now compare that to this:
I hate feeling depressed. Why am I always depressed? I am depressed. My depression causes me to be a crappy friend.
See the difference??
Though it may seem nit-picky, there’s a huge difference between “I am feeling depressed” and “I am depressed.”
For me, the first is by far they way to go.
I hope this tip helps!!!!
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