How can I save each day from failure?
November 10, 2010 7:56 AM Subscribe
I'm depressed. What can I do to keep one small negative experience from spiraling into a cascade of negative thoughts about myself? I'm working on getting into therapy and getting on meds, but I need some strategies that will help me cut these cycles now
posted by ocherdraco to health & fitness (29 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I've just been diagnosed with depression. My inner monologue is pretty consistently negative, but recognizing that I'm depressed has given me some ability to distance myself from it when there isn't any logical reason for the negative thoughts. What's really difficult is when I have some sort of negative interaction with someone, usually because I've done some task poorly or neglected to do it at all. Because I have done something wrong, it's really hard to keep those thoughts from just completely taking over and grinding my desire to do anything to a halt.
I've got an appointment with a therapist, and I've just started taking meds for my depression, but I know that neither will be effective immediately. If you've been depressed, what do you do to remind yourself that you are not your mood, and to get yourself through the seemingly small things that can otherwise lay you low with vicious cycles of negative thinking?