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5 Reasons To Not Let Depression Control You Anymore

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.


It can be very irritating to deal with loved ones when depressed. On the one hand, they want nothing but the best for you, but on the other, they sometimes get frustrated and wonder why you can't simply snap out of it. It can be tough on children of someone with depression as it may affect their outlook on life for many years to come. Having experienced this myself, I can say this is the number one reason to fight your depression.



Work-life generally suffers when in the throes of depression. It is more challenging to concentrate and not as easy to create and maintain suitable professional working relationships and partnerships. Furthermore, it makes being a self-starter more unlikely. Rather than moving forward, keeping the status quo becomes more acceptable, even if only unconsciously. 



The love life of a person with depression can suffer tremendously. Regardless of How much someone may profess their dedication to another person, if the other person can never see the bright side, it can wear on them. Life is short, right? Love conquers A WHOLE LOT, but sometimes it seems that we need more than just love. Our view is obstructed. Sometimes we must add internal fortitude to love to be indeed invincible. Besides, isnít it better to fight, not just for you, but for this person you love?



University studies have proven that people who are depressed are more likely to get sick and more likely to die of an illness than those who are content. A recent New York Times article, citing a University study, indicated that persons who have been diagnosed as depressed have more hospital visits and a shorter lifespan. It is in your benefit, health-wise, to fight your depression.



The depressed person sometimes lacks clarity of thought and may miss golden opportunities to improve their lives if only they had been paying attention. Allowing good things to happen in your life might give you the jump-start needed to end the cycle of depression and self-imposed isolation ( even if only figuratively ). This might be the most crucial point since many people believe they would be happier if only this part of their life, or that part of their life, etc., were different. 


Fighting depression can help your life in many ways. You become more robust, do better at work, have better relationships, and focus on what is essential in life to improve it for yourself, your family, friends, and loved ones. In some ways, the fight in itself is also a reward.

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