Getting Through Depression by Accepting It


Eric Olsen, blogger and depression veteran who successfully got through depression



It is common wisdom among members of recovery groups that the first step in recovery is admitting that there is a problem. People are unlikely to seek treatment and eventually get better if they do not first admit that they are experiencing mental health issues. Unfortunately, many people today continue to unnecessarily suffer from conditions like depression because they are afraid or unwilling to accept their circumstance.



One of the biggest things that prevents people from facing depression head-on and actively pursuing recovery is the perceived stigma which surrounds the issue. It can feel lonely and as if no one else has gone through a similar experience. While it is certainly true that some people do harbor some sort of prejudice against depression, this is far less common than it may seem.



For example, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that roughly 15.7% of respondents to a 2006 survey reported having been told by a mental health professional that they have suffered from depression at some point in their lives. This translates to millions of Americans who have experienced depression or something very close to it. This still underrepresented how many people are familiar with the issue, however, since it fails to take into account all of the family members, co-workers and loved ones who have been there to support those in need. All of this means that it may be far more likely that the people you know and meet have gone through or known someone who has gone through depression.



This is such an important thing to remember. One of the biggest problems with depression is that it feeds on itself. People who enter periods of feeling blue can come to develop habits of thought and behavior which make the symptoms worse. This can cause everything in life to be put on hold, and may further contribute to the underlying causes of the depression. It also may make it seem as if the suffering will never end and that there is nothing that can be done about it.



What makes this fact so pernicious is that this self-sustaining cycle can prevent people from seeking help. Studies vary on the figures they report, but some research conducted by reputable organizations suggests that as much as two-thirds of people who suffer from depression fail to seek help. While it is certainly true that there is no guaranteed way to recover from depression, there is a large and growing body of scientific literature which is actively investigating the causes of depression and which treatments are most effective. In addition, there are thousands of professional clinicians and counselors who dedicate their lives to helping others recover from cycles of depression and despondency. This does not even mention the countless volunteers and community resources that are available and willing to listen to the problems and worries of people who need help.



Hopefully this comes together to provide a more positive picture of the options which are available to you if you are experiencing depression. It is absolutely vital to always remember that depression is not anywhere near as stigmatized as you may have previously thought. The reason this is so important is that accepting the reality of what you are going through is almost always the first step in transitioning from the two-thirds of people who do not seek help to the one-third that does. Professionals and support groups are more than happy to help you get through depression in the tough times in your life and chart a healthy and effective road to recovery. With this knowledge, it will hopefully be easier to face your problems head-on and begin moving in a new direction.



Eric Olsen experienced depression multiple times in his life. He created a blog for identifying and getting through depression. A link to the blog is below.


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