Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is Depression or Anxiety Curable?

While checking out a few support groups online I was seeing the same question being asked, "Are depression and anxiety curable?"  I have no doubt that they are curable, but I saw lots of different viewpoints.  We can definitely tell the sufferers from the non-sufferers for the most part.  Especially long term sufferers had a very negative view on the subject.

It is very difficult to keep a positive attitude when you have been suffering for a long period of time. Hope tends to wane after years of discomfort and feelings of failure.  Remind yourself that what you see as failures others see as success and survival.  Every day you survive your struggles is another day of mental strength building, although it often just feels like another day of exhaustion.

So are they curable?  With hard work and determination they are curable.  If you are looking for a quick fix or short term solution, the system is filled with all kinds of these.  If you are looking to take control of your inner self and remove feelings of depression and anxiety, you likely have a lot of work in front of you, but the challenge is worth the effort.

If you were in a car accident and broke a bunch of bones, you will need time to recover and rehabilitate.  This can take months and even years depending on the severity.  Now think about how long you have been suffering from your invisible illness.  How much rehabilitation do you think you will need?   Seeing a therapist weekly or spending a little time here or there will not solve your issues.  You need to want to change

Depression and anxiety are horrible afflictions to live with, but we can take control of them.  I have taken control of both of them and thank goodness I have, or I would not be able to deal with my physical issues as calmly as I do.  Try working through the steps in my 10 step program to better mental health if you are looking for a way to get started.  The key is to get started and then to continue working at it every day.

Try some meditation, mindfulness, blogging/journaling, deep thinking, or any other method that will calm your inner self, so that you can begin to take control of your thought processes.  Your affliction is only curable if you want to go through the recovery of it.  There is no quick fix or specialized therapy that will heal you, you will need to take on the challenge yourself.

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