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How I Challenge the Lies Depression Tells Me

When you’re severely depressed, I think wanting darkness to consume you makes perfect sense. Pain, by its definition, is uncomfortable. As humans, we put forth as much effort as possible to avoid pain. This is easier when the source of the pain is both known and under our control. If we’re freezing cold, the source of our pain is the lack of heat, and the solution is wearing more clothing, turning up the heat or moving ourselves to a place where it is warmer. Done. Problem solved and pain gone.

Not so much with depression. With depression, our struggling and our pain come from within. Its cause is often unknown, and feels like it is “out of our control.” This often makes us feel helpless, and sometimes hopeless, seeing no way out of our

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