Our Darling @Anna1 asked me about coping with negative symptoms e.i depression/anhedonia. I tried to answer my best, then I thought I could make it a thread, for all of us feeling the way it is almost unexplainably bad.
I know how you feel. When I’m down, it is a disaster of self pity and when I’m high that is totally crazy and I do things that I regret after is all over.
And right now I feel sick, worthless, desperate and self loathing. So, depression obviously, doesn’t have anything with how you look or what you have or don’t have in your life. It is a state of mind.
And in my mind, I’m the worst person ever.
No one can give you an advice about what to do with your depression. It is something deeply private, it lives with you and only you can find a way to make it disappear.
You have to find what works for you.
The first step are medications. That is where your psychiatrist jumps in. 1/3 of the job is done if that works.
The second step is learning to cope/reinterpret/ avoid automatic thoughts. Those are every thoughts that are repeatedly self disapproving, negative and regressive. That is like a pattern of negative thinking or a trial that has no witnesses.
The third step is a psychotherapy. Don’t make a great deal about it. It can be a talk with anyone who is willing to listen you and to whom you believe. The purpose is to let yourself feel your emotions instead of suppressing them ( by the set of defense mechanisms) and to try to let them go.
These are just the coordinates of the freedom road.
I hope this will give you at least a track of light to find your way out.
I mean, it should be that simple, but it is so hard to move.