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Depression Catch 22: Digging Out

Here’s the Catch 22 of depression:

It deeply messes up your life, puts you in a deep, dark hole that only you can see. You badly need to climb back out and get your life back, get YOU back, right? As it turns out, there are many ways to help make that climb. So what’s the problem?

Here it is: depression is a talented liar and bully. Folks usually focus on the way it clouds your mood, but it also darkens your thinking and lessens your being. It doesn’t just make you feel sad. It also saps hope, confidence, concentration, energy, enjoyment, and motivation. It makes a convincing case that nothing will help. All is lost, things won’t get better and will continue to get worse. You’re a bad person. This dark and distorted version of you is the REAL you, unavoidable, unfixable, unlovable, useless. These are all lies, but powerful, deeply persuasive ones.

Social stigma piles on more obstacles, making it harder and more treacherous to reach out for badly need support and advice. Isolation is harmful, dangerous, even lethal, yet stigma encourages just that.

Folks experienced with depression will understand. Recovery from a serious illness, let alone mere survival, is hard work. It’s really quite difficult to do hard work under these conditions. I make it sound impossible, don’t I? It sure can seem that way.

Yet I’ve seen countless people do just that. I’m not up to describing HOW, just now. The state of the art, for now, remains trial and error among many tools. For today, let’s take comfort is this fact: many people experience certainty that recovery from their depression is impossible. It will never happen, ever.

And yet, for these many people, it does just that. Doesn’t believe your depression, folks. It’s a liar and a bully, remember?




About Big Red Carpet Nurse (1750 Articles)
Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

16 Comments on Depression Catch 22: Digging Out

  1. Melissa Brown // July 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    Greg, in the process of referring your site to someone, I just saw your article above. You describe major depression so well. You know I’ve been there, too.

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  2. I want to believe my depression’s lying to me, but boy is it a conniving weasel.

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  3. Greg glad il you are back. (We your audience missed you) . Talk it slow and if you need help please reach out!

    Best Anne

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  4. I needed to read this today. I have an appointment on Thursday, finally, after months of trying to kick this on my own.

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    • I’m thankful for your feedback, happy this post was helpful, and pleased to hear you’re taking positive action. Good for you!

      I wrote it for myself as well; as a caregiver and sufferer, it has often been useful to ask myslef, “What would you tell someone else in your position?”


  5. Love this post! Depression is definitely a liar! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Great to see you back Greg! Please check you box as I emailed you.🌹

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