9 Mental Tricks to Fight Depression That Really do Work ...

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When you are depressed it may seem like nothing you do can make you feel better, yet there are a few pretty interesting mental tricks to fight depression that you should try, since they really do offer spectacular results.

Even though depression can be treated using medication, there is also a type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT (and I’m sure many of you have already heard of it), which focuses mainly on changing your behavior.

It is actually a very effective way to fight depression, and sometimes even a substitute for medication.

Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, says that this method is "much more focused on what you seem to be doing and thinking that is keeping you depressed,” and some of these techniques can be practiced at home with no special training, helping you break the cycle of negativity.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author and the Director of Research and Education for the Glendon Association, considers depression to be a devious disorder “because the symptoms it creates can discourage you from completing the very actions or seeking the help that would begin your recovery.” If you are fighting this “monster,” you should try to always keep in mind that this is actually a very common and highly treatable disorder and the best thing you should do is take action and seek help, so you won’t allow it to affect your happiness and well-being.

Here are a few very useful mental tricks to fight depression that you should consider, to create a more positive mindset that will allow you to enjoy all the little things in your life:

1. Don’t Catastrophize!

In my opinion, this is definitely one of the most efficient mental tricks to fight depression.

If you only focus on the negative side of things and only see the glass half-empty, you will sabotage yourself and you won’t even notice all the wonderful things in your life.3

Try not to always think about the worst-case scenario and be more realistic.

I’m sure that if you look a little bit more closely, you’ll notice that things will work out and that there is always a solution to all your problems.

Focus on the Positive Things in Your Life
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