Some Notes & Thoughts on Depression
- Garden will teach you an easy and effective system of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT & REBT).
“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” —John Steinbeck
“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.” —Confucius
DUALITY OF WORTH
- Counseling clients with depression, you should take note of the following duality:
On the one hand, clients will say they are: not worth anything, not good enough, not deserving, not worthy, etc.
On the other hand, clients will say that things are: not good enough, beneath them, they deserve better, horrible, etc.
Explore with your client how it is possible to hold these mutually excluding beliefs. That is, how is it possible for them to be worth nothing and yet also worth more than they get? How can they be both unworthy of anything and worthy of better than they get?
The answer to the riddle is not that clients plan to be mad, illogical, or inconsistent. Rather, the answer is that clients are serving death and destruction rather than life and light. And in both cases of worth, the position taken allows denigration: death and disintegration. The point is to be able to damn. If the self is unworthy, then it can be damned for everything. If what life gives is unworthy, then it can be damned for everything. Damning is turning the living into things, into the dead.
Since depressive ideation serves death and destruction, it is no wonder that it so often leads to suicidal ideation and even to acts of suicide.
- Depression can arise from the loss of important life values, goals, and meanings. Depression can result from a loss of faith in virtue.
- Depression can be about a loss of meaning from the inability to complete chosen goals that are impossible, unrealistic, or constantly defeated. Meaning comes from goal completion.
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Depression: 12 Steps of Reacting
- Ego Issues: Five Actions
- Ego Issues: Payoffs for Ego
- Scripture by Topic: Depression
Quotations from Various Sources
“A fool is only a fool because he won’t see he is a fool.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” —James Joyce
“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” —Hebrews 12:8
“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 194
“Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” —Proverbs 15:5
“Failure doesn’t have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 206
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” —Hebrews 12:6
“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” —Hebrews 12:7
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:” —Proverbs 3:11
“The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.” —Mencius
“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.” —Julien Green
“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale
“When receiving correction, the wise seeks to learn and the fool seeks to justify with excuses.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
Quotations from Scripture on Counseling
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” —Proverbs 1:5
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” —Proverbs 11:14
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” —Proverbs 12:15
“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.” —Proverbs 12:20
“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” —Proverbs 15:22
“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” —Proverbs 19:20
“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.” —Proverbs 20:18
“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.” —Isaiah 16:3
“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]” —Ecclesiasticus 6:2
“As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.” —Ecclesiasticus 22:16
“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 30:21
“A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 32:18
“And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.” —Ecclesiasticus 37:13
“Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33
“Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.” —Ecclesiasticus 40:25