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Depression is not what you think it is

⚠ Trigger Warning ⚠


Depression is not a mental illness. It is a legitimate human emotion in the face of overwhelming odds, or the absence of hope.

It is a moment of pause when everything that we believed to be true about our world, appears to fail us.

By labelling this important human emotion as an illness, we dehumanise the human who is struggling to find hope in the midst of turmoil, or pain.

To break the cycle of depression, we must embrace the reasons for feeling depressed.

Embracing those reasons is not about judging whether we’re right or wrong, or strong or weak, for feeling depressed.

Embracing those reasons means to gain a fresh perspective on why we invested ourselves in people who appear to have taken our trust for granted.

When we lose sight of this trust that we placed in others, we also forget that we’ve grown to see ourselves through what we think they think of us because of how they responded to our efforts towards them.

In other words, we lost sight of who we are, because we assumed them to be someone they’re not.

Again, it’s not about judging them or ourselves.

Instead, it’s about understanding where our assumptions and beliefs were misinformed, so that we can connect with the real reasons why it didn’t work out the way we wanted, rather than assume that it’s because we were not enough.

Depression is always about the absence of hope in achieving something that is important to us, without which every other success in life feels empty and pointless.

It’s only through understanding how this plays out uniquely in our life, that we’ll be able to rise above the hopelessness that set in when we were distracted by the failure of not achieving our dreams.

Pause. Breathe. And try again. Only this time, wiser, and more capable than before.

#hope #expectation #sincerity #selfworth #selfawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #lifecoaching #zaidismail #loveyourself #lifegoals #motivation #optimism #purpose #ownyourlife

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