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Tried to add this to my last post, but couldn't go back and add it. It's a poem my psychologist gave me. I can recite it by heart and live by it now.

I have a little robot,
That goes around with me.
I tell him what I'm thinking,
I tell him what I see,
I tell my little robot,
All of my hopes and fears.
He listens and remembers,
All my joys and tears.
At first my little robot,
Followed my command,
But after years of training,
He's gotten out of hand,
He doesn't care what's right or wrong,
Or what is false or true.
No matter what I try now,
he tells me what to do!

by Denis Waitley Report
If I had not had an amazing psychologist work with me through my on and off depression, I would never have recovered, and I have, without meds, which I had tried to take with absolutely horrid side affects. He completely bucked the "depression is a disease" model, which is also being debated within the neurological community of researchers at large. He approached me from a "behavioral mindset" model. He explained to me that he would never tell me I was diseased, because that would make me way more hopeless to any positive change in my mindset about myself. I resisted this for quite sometime until I agreed to go with his therapy. He explained to me that we have immense power to program our own brains and we do it without even knowing it's happening through our habits of thought and reaction. I was convinced I had no control over my bad thoughts because that's what I had been told, but I found that to be so not true after working with him. I didn't realize how much I was actually focusing on my depression. I thought it was focusing on me. I also suffered from anxiety. He explained that everyone will have anxiety, it's built in to us for a reason. The fight or flight response is anxiety. It's based on fear. My fear was mostly imagined. I would jump first to the worst case scenario right off the bat. I thought my brain was doing it to me, but I was actually doing it to my brain. The "jump" had become a behavioral mindset habit. He explained that I had learned that habit, like a person learns to ride a bike. It's unfamiliar at first but done enough times, it becomes second nature. He explained that anxiety works the same way through a habitual behavioral mindset, and if done enough times we begin to do it without thinking and then we convince ourselves, or more likely are told by many professionals, that there's something wrong with our brain which in fact there is not, we are telling our brain what to do and how to react. I had done nothing but focus on how anxious or depressed I was and the mere focus on it became second nature. Believe me, this did not set well with me because I didn't want to take responsibility for the way I felt, Why would I? I was told it was my rotten brain chemical makeup that I would have my whole life. Working with him, I learned how to talk to my depression and anxiety in a way that I would face it head on even though I was afraid. I learned how to talk to my panic attacks in a way that people face a fear until they don't fear it anymore, kind of like jumping into the deep end if you have never done it. I learned how to focus on being grateful, how to focus on the positive in my life (as little as I thought there was at the time). I learned how to shut down the little "you are so depressed" voice in my head which I had actually been feeding, I'm well now. Sure, I have really good days, and then days where something happens that gets me down. I don't beat myself up about those down days and I certainly will never again go to the fatal though that I'm doomed to always feel that way. I accept those days or those periods for what they are, (I'm a normal human being with all sorts of mood variants, I was made that way, we all were). Today, I know they won't last because I will no longer park myself there and I move on. I no longer have panic attacks. They got less and less when I actually invited them in and told them to do the worst thing they thought they could do to me. The worst never happened and it's like they just gave up because I no longer live in fear of them. I have anxiety at times, I'm a human. I worry about things like everyone else does. Humans were built with an amygdala gland in the brain that allows us the fight or fight response to save ourselves from danger. That gland can be programmed by our thoughts to react anyway we tell it to react. Over time, after I chose to look at things differently, it quit controlling me. My psychologist saved me. I just had to open my mind to other possibilities for who I was and who I wanted to be and quit defending the "I'm diseased" mindset. Report
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I have now read two SparkPeople articles on depression, and I have come to one conclusion. Neither author has had any experience with depression. I'm tired of putting on a happy face and pretending that everything is okay. I'm tired of being told to seek out medication. Exercise doesn't help when you just don't see the point in it. It's horrible having no one to talk to. All of the therapists I know around here are religious, and as an atheist, that's the last thing I need. So, realistically, what do you do? Learn to live with the fact that the sun will never shine on your life again. Report
Wonderful article about depression.As one who deals with depression on a daily basis. You have hit some good points..and yes having a positive mindset is one of the keys Report
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Incredible change happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over. - Steve Maraboli ~ 2/16/18 Report
Having struggled with deppression for many years, much of the information stated here is familiar and true for me.
It is important for me to be aware of my symptoms so I can evaluate my circumstances and adjust my routines and get extra support if needed.
I have come to accept it not as a negative curse but part of my make up and to not make it worse by blaming myself which also helps me to continue to move forward and have successes.
Now I can hope in victories when I feel stuck. Report

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