EIGHT STEPS TO ERADICATE
Depression is optional. If you don't want to be
depressed, there are lots of things you can do to eradicate it.
Although beating depression is a tough fight, it's a fight that
you can win.
that you have a treatable condition and that there is hope.
People suffering from mood disorders frequently don't realize
they have a problem. They struggle with the storm of
negative thoughts blowing through their mind, and they don't
understand that their state of mind is abnormal. They
think that feeling down and depressed is the way their life is
supposed to be. They don't know that they can feel
positive and enjoy each day. They don't know that there is
no limit to how good their life can become. Until they
realize that they have a treatable problem, and that there is
hope, they will never get better.
2. Reestablish command and
control. Either you control your mind, or it
controls you. If your mind controls you, if it continually
bombards you with chaotic racing thoughts that you don't want to
think, if negative and twisted thoughts dominate your mind, then
it's time to reestablish command and control. You need to
take command of your mind and control the thoughts you find
there. If you are trapped in deep depression you may need
medication to reestablish command and control so that other
types of therapy are effective. If you have a milder mood
disorder, you may be able to reestablish command and control
without using medication. Cognitive therapy alone may be
effective in breaking the back of the negative and depressing
thoughts that thunder in your mind.
3. Recognize your cognitive
distortions. You must be able to recognize the
distorted thoughts that bombard you when you feel negative and
depressed. You need to identify your twisted thoughts and
call them by name. Depressed individuals must become
proactive and take responsibility for the treatment of their
depression. When you are able to recognize twisted and
distorted thoughts, and call them out by name, you are on your
way to winning the battle of the mind. It won't be long
before you feel better and your life improves.
4. Reject your cognitive
distortions. Once you recognize that your twisted
thoughts are abnormal, you can get rid of them. Only the
truth can set you free from your cognitive distortions. As
soon as you face the facts and reject your abnormal thoughts,
you are on the path that leads out of the Land of Depression.
5. Renew your mind with new
thoughts. Cognitive therapy is effective because
that is the way God designed your mind to work. Your
thoughts (cognitions) create your emotions, and when you change
the way you think, you also change the way you feel. The
Bible says, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
The Bible recognizes that you need a new way of thinking.
You must establish a program in which you regularly put positive
and healthy thoughts into your mind. God gave you a mind,
and He expects you to fill it with good things. Each day
your job is to fill your mind with good things. One of the
best resources you can use to renew your mind is to use positive
self-talk found at
http://positiveselftalk.com. You can change the way
you think and feel by changing what you say when you talk to
6. Reprogram your mind
with a positive operating system. Your mind
performs most efficiently when it has a positive operating
system. Positive thinking works because it's the natural
software for your mind. God made your mind so that it
functions best when it's dominated by positive thoughts, and
your job is to install a positive operating system.
7. Radically shift your focus
to God's love. God's love is the most powerful and
most positive force in the universe. When you focus on it
and let it into your heart and mind, it changes the way you
think and feel, and you receive the power to overcome life's
greatest challenges. When your mind is full of thoughts
consistent with God's love, your mind is exactly the way God
means for it to be. When your heart is full of emotions
consistent with his love, your heart is exactly the way God
means for it to be.
8. Repeat these steps when you
need to regain the high ground in the battle of the mind.
Don't let depression create a stronghold in your mind. The
war for a positive mind is fought on the battlefield of focus.
Use the power of focus to drive depression from your mind
and to fill it with positive things. If you really
want to have a mind free from depression, nobody can stop you.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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