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How do depressed people think

How do depressed people think?

Do you suffer from depression? If so, then you would know how depressed people tend to think.

Depression is on the rise in many countries and this is evident in how many people give up on their goals and end up feeling sorry for themselves.

Depression is a serious illness that has a big negative effect on people. Unless you learn how to deal with it effectively, you are bound to lose hope and give up on life.

Thoughts of depression

In order to get a better understanding of what depression is, you need to get a better understanding of how the depressed people tend to think and how they interpret common situations.

When they think of a certain problem or issue and try to understand it, depressed people usually make a wrong interpretation where they take things too personally and look at the event in a negative way which often results in mental and emotional disorder.

These kinds of interpretations usually are exaggerated and they start believing something dangerous is going to happen to them. These kinds of negative and exaggerated assumptions are common among folks who worry a lot and who are depressed.

Therefore, you will find such folks expect the worst to happen to them and to their families. They expect to lose their jobs or businesses, they expect to lose their beloved ones, and they expect to fail at new business adventures and so on.

Depressed folks tend to exaggerate their weaknesses and tend to have low self esteem. When they do a mistake, they consider it a calamity and a disaster.

When they fail at reaching a certain goal, they start thinking to themselves thoughts that are similar to “I’m incapable person and I can’t reach my goals.” When a friend leaves him, he thinks “I’m starting to lose all my friends” or “There are no true friends.” Do you see the pattern here?

We also find that the depressed individual interprets positive situations as negative. For example, if he gets a job that he likes, he says, “I just got this job because they feel bad for my situation” or “I got this job due to coincidence.” In other words, most of their assumptions tend to be negative.

Why understanding depression is important

Understanding the thoughts that go behind individuals who are depressed helps you to learn about their pattern of thinking, so you can avoid it.

When you have a good idea of what thoughts tend to be detrimental and harmful, you can start to choose uplifting thoughts instead.

Have you ever wondered why some people are happy and have peace of mind while others keep worrying? Why do some people’s life filled with worry while others filled with happiness and peace of mind? My e-book How to have peace of mind answers those questions and teaches you the scientific ways to control and overcome worry and have peace of mind.

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One Comment

  1. Angie Bowen says:

    I have both general anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder (along with a couple of personality disorders) and what you describe here points more toward anxiety than depression. Depression just weighs you down, saps your energy and wipes out your interest in everything making every little part of your day a major chore.

    As you say at the beginning, these are serious illnesses that require medical attention so I can’t agree with your assertion at the end that you can learn to avoid them. I’ve been able to improve some of the symptoms with things like meditation and journaling but I’ve learned over the past 20 years of dealing with these illnesses that they will never fully go away.

    I think it’s important for depressed people to understand that it’s not their fault and they shouldn’t feel like failures when they can’t work their way out of it. I’ve found that one of the keys to happiness when you suffer from mental illness is to accept that the things you’re going through aren’t your fault.