There is no blood test that will determine conclusively whether or not you are depressed.
Instead, psychologists and psychiatrists will “determine” whether you have depression or not on the basis of what they consider the different signs and symptoms of depression.
Unfortunately, this is a case in which their training works against them. This is because seeing symptoms of depression is completely misguided and only makes it harder for you to stop being depressed.
Right now, learn why it’s so important for you to stop seeing symptoms of depression, and to instead see factors that can contribute to depression. This will help you get rid of depression for good much faster and easier than most people.
How seeing symptoms of depression makes you more depressed
Let’s say you’ve been having trouble concentrating, and you find yourself fatigued on a regular basis.
If someone tells you that those are 2 symptoms of depression, which is a devastating illness that can make your life miserable and even kill you, you will naturally become much more concerned about your situation.
Indeed, you will predictably become riddled with stress and anxiety, just thinking that you might have depression.
This stress and anxiety can take a toll on you, where have trouble sleeping, feel more tired and irritable then ever, and ultimately feel miserable and depressed, especially if you start thinking how awful your life will be if you have to struggle with depression forever.
In such a way, seeing symptoms of depression can create a lot of stress and anxiety for you, and the stress and anxiety can help make you extremely depressed very quickly.
The tragedy is that this happens to people all over the world, when they are “educated” about the symptoms of depression. So do not let this happen to you.
Can you still have depression, if you have no symptoms?
It gets worse. Let’s say that you stop being depressed, and all your “symptoms” of depression go away.
According to psychologists and psychiatrists, even though you’re not exhibiting any symptoms of depression, you could still have the invisible, deadly disease of depression silently lurking within you, which might strike and cripple you at any moment.
So you will naturally continue to experience a fair amount of stress and anxiety about your condition, and be perpetually afraid that you could “relapse” at any moment. This makes your life much less enjoyable, since you’re living in perpetual fear of depression.
Indeed, with this view you’re naturally on the lookout for signs that your depression is returning, and you’re terrified every time you see a “symptom” present.
All of this stress, fear, and anxiety makes it more likely for you to become depressed again.
Why seeing symptoms of depression is absurd
According to psychologists and psychiatrists, if you stop being depressed and become the happiest person who has ever lived, you could still possibly be still dealing with depression in some way, and just not be showing any signs or symptoms of it.
This is like looking at a balloon that is filled with air, and saying that the balloon isn’t showing any signs or symptoms of being deflated, but it could still possibly be dealing with “deflation” in some way.
In other words, it is a completely and utterly absurd position. After all, the moment you blow air into a balloon and it becomes inflated, its condition changes from deflated to inflated, so it’s no longer dealing with “deflation” at all in any way.
Similarly, the moment you start feeling good, upbeat, and not depressed anymore, your condition changes from being depressed to being depression-free, so you’re no longer dealing with depression in any way. At this point, it’s just a matter of staying depression-free.
There are no symptoms of depression: only factors
From this moment forward, stop seeing symptoms of depression, which is absurd and only makes it harder for you to stop being depressed. Instead, see factors that can contribute to depression, which makes more sense and helps you become depression-free faster and easier.
For example, having insomnia or being fatigued aren’t symptoms of depression, but they are definitely factors that can make it more likely that you will have less pleasure and enjoyment in life, be more irritatable, and even be depressed.
If you identify factors that can contribute to depression, there’s no need to panic or be afraid. It’s just a matter of doing something to change them to improve your life and well-being.
Also, it’s helpful to appreciate that even if factors of depression are present, this doesn’t automatically mean you will become depressed. If you’ve ever had trouble sleeping for a while, and still not been depressed, you’ve already proven that.
So you don’t have to become stressed and axious if you identify a depression factor. Instead of fearing that your depression is “returning”, you can enjoy knowing that by doing something about the depression factor, your life will immediately improve.
Enjoy the benefits of seeing factors, not symptoms
Moving forward, you can enjoy being more calm and relaxed just by knowing that factors that can contribute to depression won’t necessarily create depression.
Furthermore, you can enjoy greater confidence and peace of mind by knowing that once you change factors that contribute to depression, you guarantee that you will become and remain depression-free faster and easier.
This increase in confidence and peace of mind naturally makes it easier for you to become and remain depression-free.
In this way, your condition naturally improves just by seeing factors of depression that you can do something about.
So choose to change your life for the better right now. Moving forward, choose to see factors that contribute to depression, rather than symptoms of depression, the way that so many people unfortunately do.
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Section 6 Lessons:
- Why seeing symptoms of depression makes you depressed
- Does depression ever go away?
- Is depression a disease?
- Is depression genetic?
- Is depression a disorder?
- Am I depressed or not?