What If You Approach Depression as a Combative Opponent?

Treating depression like a separate entity can be empowering.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readNov 2, 2023

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we can treat depression as separate from our self-aware identities
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When you suffer from depression, you often deal with a ton of conflicting feelings and emotions that seem completely illogical and can leave you feeling worthless, lost, and even unloved.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If you cope with depression, this may seem untrue, but it’s important for me to tell you that. Even when it is at its worst, you are not alone.

I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life. I’ve used multiple methods to work with it, including therapy, psychopharmacology, self-help books and audiobooks, meditation, and numerous other methods.

Those who don’t battle depression don’t understand a few things about it. For starters, it’s almost impossible to be completely rid of depression. Like cancer, it can go into a form of remission, where you aren’t suffering from it, seemingly permanently… but then, it might just come back and rear its ugly head.

Depression impacts everyone differently. Some people get angry, some get weepy. I know people who utterly and completely withdraw when feeling depressed. Some people eat their feelings. I know a few people who just want to sleep all the time when depressed. Some people do combinations of all of these, and it can be very disconcerting to both them and those observing them.

This is the second thing those who don’t suffer from depression tend to not understand. Depression will manifest itself in a lot of different ways, even in a single individual. It can take one form this week, and a wholly different form in a month. Or a day. It can impact your health, wellness, and wellbeing on every level — mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.

The third thing people don’t understand is that there is no single quick-fix solution. This is particularly challenging in our modern, instant-gratification society.

Depression is not who I am or who you are

One of the other major issues those who suffer from depression face is that it feels as though it becomes you. This is who I am, this mopey/angry/sleepy/hungry/negative person. Except that this is NOT who you…

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com