Recently I shared about my new resolve to try to stop thinking about one of the things that I think about too much. Can we really control our thinking when we are depressed? Do the thoughts choose us or do we choose them? Or a bit of both?
Last time I talked about measuring your progress. If you are not making progress, is there a reason?
I was challenged by a post by John on Storied Mind recently. He asked the question "Is there comfort in depression?"
He made me think! He made me want to challenge myself by sorting my thoughts. Which thoughts are an automatic thought cycle when depression hits? I would answer that with this list:
'what's the use?'
'this is too much for me, I can't do it'
'I can't do anything right'
I could go on and on. Have you noticed that these are generalized thoughts, or generic thoughts? There are no names or people in these thoughts. I believe these are the kinds of thoughts that go with the illness.
Then there are other kinds of thoughts such as:
'If he hadn't done ____ then I wouldn't be _____'
'Why does so and so always say ______?'
'I can't stand the way so and so does that.'
I am not sure if those are good examples but what I am trying to attempt here are thoughts that are related to specific people and specific situations. These are the areas that we can, if we choose to, exercise some control over our thoughts.
As I mentioned last time, I am trying to talk myself out of ruminating over those kinds of thoughts. I will keep you posted from time to time about how it's going.
How about you? Do you have some thoughts that are destroying you? Is there anything you can do about it? Do you want to do something about it or is it comfortable? Only you can answer these questions.
Next time I would like to give you an idea of how you can measure your progress.
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