Some people who have a chronic illness can get depressed. Sometimes this depression can get the best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression & their illness.
- One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements & realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity & common sense. For example, you may be afraid that you will stay depressed & things will never improve. This is not true. Things change from day to day & it is hard to predict what may happen down the road. Focus on the facts of the current situation & ignore your negative thoughts.
- Some people get depressed & their mind races with fearful thoughts. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath & try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem & give you confidence to do other things.
- Remember is that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances & factors that you can t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, let’s say at your place of work that you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office & tells you that the deadline is extended & that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: we may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.
- Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook & read those statements.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears & anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice & insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Managing your fears & anxieties takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.
The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression when you are dealing with an illness, however your best bet is to get some help from a professional.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity & Non Resistant Methods“ – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears & anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com & read a nice collection of articles on fears you may have including the fear of loneliness or when someone you know struggles with fear & anxiety.
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- Fear of Anxiety May Lead to Depression (nlm.nih.gov)