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The physiology of depression

The physiology of depression

Depression will tend to produce depressive thoughts, and the depressive thoughts will tend to feed back on the state.

People may lose their commitment to doing everything that is good to do. You may have to push yourself to exercise and socialise and do things that you may not want to do. You feel kind of stuck. But that is the story you are thinking and telling yourself.

You can reframe this continually and tell yourself a better story. You can change the code you're running.


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How to change the story you tell yourself

Use gratitude. For example, when you're on your way to a job you don't like, and you're frustrated, you can think of all the negative things that could happen to you, and if you could just return to this moment, you would be thankful.

Nothing about your reality change, but reframing...


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The power of framing

Anxiety feels very similar to excitement. You feel these tingles. But the difference is the story you tell yourself. For example, you experience these feelings as excitement on a rollercoaster, but when you have an interview or are about to walk out on stage, you may...


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The generic state of being

The generic state of being

Eventually, we want to find ourselves in the usual position to effortlessly cooperate with creative and happy strangers.

We want open conversation and have other people point out errors in our thinking and in the conversation we have with ourselves.


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Well-being is a skill we can practice

Well-being is a skill we can practice

Most of what people care about can be considered a skill. For example, well-being is a skill; not suffering is a skill; noticing and regulating your emotions is a skill.

Start to practice the skill of mindfulness, which is learning to notice the nature of your experience wi...


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I love creating music, coffee, and film. Always strive for perfection.

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How to embrace the truth within

  • Recognise when you're telling yourself the story you rather want to hear. If you talk yourself into it or try to justify it, then it's probably a story, not the truth.
  • Don't act based on the story. The more you support the story with actions and co...

Look at the Good Side

You can reframe the situation by telling yourself, “Today will be tough; tomorrow will be better.” This will help you gain perspective and realize that you don’t have to waste your energy or fears in a temporary situation.

The Risks Of Functioning Depression

The Risks Of Functioning Depression

They might convince themselves their depression isn’t that bad:

  • They minimize their issues. They could be less likely to gain emotional support from others if their depression goes undetected. Additionally, someone with high-functioning depression might feel guilty a...


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