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Mental health problems have a nasty habit of sneaking up on you. You can be going about your business happily enjoying life. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, and you find yourself thinking things that make you feel terrible. It's important, though, to remember that you're NOT helpless, no matter how much you think that's the truth.
Some people have a sense that depression is on the horizon. Somehow, they don’t quite feel right, and they know that they’re in for a terrible time in the coming days.
Mental health problems always feel like something that is being done to you. Thinking it's out of control and unpredictable makes you feel helpless.
Fortunately, much of this is an illusion. There are actually quite a few things that you can start doing right now to make your mental health more robust and get emotional support.
Let Go of Your Self Judgement
Self-judgement is one of the most prominent causes of depression.
The process goes like this: first, you set up an image in your mind of the person you’d like to be (or the life you want to have). Next, you look at yourself and compare what you are to what you want. Third, you judge yourself negatively for not achieving your high standards, which leads to feelings of depression.
Expectations like this only lead to disappointment.
When you speak with a professional via telepsychiatry, they may discuss this very issue with you. If they think this might be the root of the problem, they will give you strategies for how you can think differently and beat it.
Stop Destructive Behaviors
We live in a world full of opportunities to behave destructively. Worse still, we celebrate many of these. Drinking to the point of inebriation is an acceptable social practice. Eating unhealthy food with the family is seen as something overwhelmingly positive. Even working long hours, seven days a week, is a significant achievement in some circles.
Using these things—overdrinking, overeating, and overworking—is an indication of avoiding your feelings and overconsumption.
However, stopping your destructive behaviors is critical if you want to achieve success and happiness in the future. Eating poorly, working too hard in a profession you hate, and indulging in substances is a bad idea. Ultimately, these practices make you feel worse by causing brain inflammation and exhausting your reward centers. You wind up feeling burned out—and nobody wants that.
Talk to a Professional
We live in a world in which mental health problems are running rampant. But fortunately, we also live in one in which a lot of help is available.
There are thousands of professionals out there with the skills to help you. You might, for instance, need CBT to help you overcome a phobia or anxiety. Or, if your issues run deeper, you may need to speak with a psychotherapist or psychiatrist.
Accept Your Problems
Accepting that you have mental health problems is one of the most powerful things that you can do to take control of your life.
People on the road to recovery will often talk about the importance of sharing your experience with other people and getting their feedback.
Once you know you have a problem, you can take steps to do something about it. You don’t have to remain in your present condition.
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