In this episode, a look at a particularly pesky symptom of depression, hopelessness. And a look at some of the resources you can use to help you understand what is going on and resources for treatment.
When you have depression as part of your anxiety condition, being told to think happy thoughts probably isn’t gonna do much for you.
You may have to process that info in a different way that does not include the word happy. And you probably need the help of a professional behavioral health person to do that. In my opinion.
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
Depression Basics brochure from the National Institute of Mental Health
Anxiety vs. Depression: Which Do I Have (or Both?) from the Health Essentials via Cleveland Clinic
There is an excerpt at PychCentral of the nine types of hopelessness a person can experience. The excerpt is from the book, Hope in the Age of Anxiety: A Guide to Understanding and Strengthening Our Most Important Virtue by Anthony Scioli and Henry B. Biller published by Oxford University Press.
Hopelessness: A Dangerous Suicide Warning Sign from Suicide.org
Open Path Collective - a service for people needing therapy but do not have insurance or are under insured. The link will take you to their FAQ page so that you get a better understanding of what they have to offer.
California Warm Lines - for California folks that need to talk to someone and it is not life threatening.
Sylvia Wang lost everything. The post on Tiny Buddha talks about the steps she used to find her way back to herself. It involved a lot of tears.
Bill Knaus 2015 article on Overcome Hopelessness Thinking and Stop Feeling Depressed at Psychology Today.
And Sheline Shinoy post at Lifehack.org has some suggestions about dealing with hopelessness.
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