Depression and Anxiety are Signs of Strength

· April 1, 2016
Emotional problems are not a choice, and no one wants to go through depression or deal with anxiety. However, they can arise as the result of complicated circumstances and situations.

There exists this false belief that depression and anxiety are signs of weakness and are disabilities for life. But this isn’t true; a person with anxiety, depression or mixed symptoms is NOT crazy, feeble, nor of weak character.

It’s sad and exhausting to fight, but it’s a social reality that cannot be ignored. So, despite the advances of science, the modern unconscious engulfing our society still affirms that emotional and psychological problems are synonymous with weakness and vulnerability.

So given that depression and anxiety are not seen as wounds that need healing, it’s common to hear circular arguments like: “relax”, “it’s not that bad”, “life’s not about being upset all the time”, “you have nothing to cry about”, “it’s a part of growing up”, etc.

Does that sound familiar? In fact, it’s likely that we’ve been on both ends of that type of reasoning. So, it’s important to raise awareness and give emotional pain the attention it deserves.

A woman experiencing sadness

So just like you wouldn’t ignore stomach pain or a migraine, you shouldn’t ignore emotional pain.

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Giving emotional pain attention

We can’t expect these emotional wounds to heal on their own. We need to work on them and extract their meaning. You may need to see a psychologist to help you and give you some strategies to deal with the immense emotional pain that is generating anxiety and depression.

Continuing with our example, the same way that you’d stop eating dairy products if you found out you were lactose intolerant, you must also avoid the thoughts and circumstances that are infecting your emotional wound.

Band-aids aren’t enough: you need to cleanse and heal your emotionsSo in this article, we’ll try to help people suffering from wounds of this type to get their emotions under control.  This begins by diving into anxiety and depression and how they can affect us.

Blurred figure of a person representing anxiety

Anxiety, a bad roller coaster ride

The feelings that come with anxiety are similar to those that one would experience on a roller coaster ride gone wrong.

Imagine yourself in this situation. You’re spending the day at an amusement park. To go on a ride, you have to wait in a long line until it’s your turn. It’s a hot day and the sun is beating down on your head, causing pain and physical discomfort. You feel tired and don’t feel like getting on the ride, but you do anyways.

Once you’re on the ride, your heart begins to race, everything is spinning. The cars spin around 360° several times. We’re plunged into dark tunnels and things are flying at you, almost like they’re attacking you.

Hand shadow chasing a figure representing anxiety

Your breathing accelerates and your heart keeps beating hard. You feel like something’s got to give at any moment. Your feelings are jumbled, your chest feels tight, and are unable to do anything.

You can’t avoid negative thinking. Maybe you shout, cry, and complain, but no one hears you, not even yourself. You ask desperately for it to stop and you feel like you’re dying in the process. However, you can’t get your car to slow down because it only stops after the ride is over.

In this sense, anxiety is like a bad roller coaster ride. It will eventually stop, but you don’t know when or how so keeping yourself under control in face of this uncertainty is difficult.

All of these feelings of chest pounding, heart racing, and negative thinking are part of anxiety. Although you may feel these, it is not a sign of weakness.

Girl laying in grass with depression

Depression, a darkness of the soul

Anyone suffering from depression feels like everything is wrapped in darkness. Little by little, this darkness overtakes your surroundings, there’s nothing that motivates or encourages you. It takes a lot of effort to study or go to work and you find yourself immensely sad or irritable.

Want to learn more? Read: 9 Effective Tips to Fight Depression Naturally

Depression is a compilation of complicated situations and circumstances that have left a deep impression on you and leave you feeling unsettled.

It’s important that when you realize something is wrong that you turn to a professional for help and support to give you some emotional understanding as to what’s happening.

Having emotional problems is not a choice. A person with depression doesn’t say: “I want to feel bad and crawl into a well of sadness and see if I can drown in it.” It doesn’t work this way. In fact, it can happen to any one of us.

Woman in front of a window in an open field representing depression

No one is free from the clutches of anxiety and depression

Admitting that you have depression and anxiety are signs of strength, not weakness. Worthing through these problems, trying to overcome them, and by talking to professionals are all qualities of a strong person.

These emotional problems don’t appear overnight but are forged in life’s hell, in emotional difficulties and exhaustion. Nor are they the result of a personal choice. We don’t decide if we’re going to experience them. Emotional problems derive from fighting against life’s difficulties and trying to stay strong for too long.

We can’t forget this because no one is free from suffering from anxiety or depression at some point during their lives, either directly or indirectly.

Raise awareness, learn to understand these problems, and above all, never judge.