Battling Depression: A Significant Struggle
It can be hard for people who’ve never experienced depression to understand why depressed people can’t just reverse their negative thought patterns.
But for those with depression, simply “snapping out of it” isn’t always an option.
Some forms of psychotherapy for depression focus on ways of ingraining a process for derailing negative thought patterns(7). For many people with depression, this can take time, patience, and a lot of effort, but it is worth practising in the long run.
Other things that have been shown to help with depression include regular exercise(8) and meditation(9).
Patience Is Key
Because of the social stigma surrounding many mental illnesses, many people are reluctant to come forward about their experiences with depression – including sharing the full range of their symptoms with friend and family.
For those with a friend or relative struggling with depression, it’s important to remember that patience is key. Recovering from depression is like recovering from any other illness – it takes a combination of approaches, and there’s no such thing as an “overnight” cure.
But with support from not only healthcare professionals but also the people in their lives, there is hope for those suffering from depression to reverse the cognitive damage that depression can cause, and return to a more normal level of cognitive function.