There is increasing evidence that when people feel meaningfully engaged with activities in their life, and that they can make a difference to somebody else, this helps with depression. If you take a genuine interest in the welfare of others, it can help you , too. Depression tends to be a very self-focused problem. Some people have found that taking up charity work or doing random acts of kindness is helpful.
Helping others can put meaning into our lives- but this is not a submissive sort of helping others, so that they will like you, then you can get disappointed if they don’t. This is cultivating a genuine understanding that all of us are vulnerable to the ups and downs of life, all of us are on the same journey , and therefore generally reaching out to each others and helping each other is a way we can cope better .
Compassionate behaviour is often also about courage. For example, if you suffer from a fear of giving out (agoraphobia), then compassion is about encouraging yourself with kindness and understanding to go out a little further each dayif you can; if it gets too difficult for you, be supportive and tell yourself to have a go maybe tomorrow.
Compassion is not sitting at home eating chocolates because it is soothing ! Kindness in this context is not avoidance , or just having a nice warm bath with candles. Compassion is about approaching problems with support , encouragement and an understanding of the difficulties . In fact you already have the compassion and wisdom to know this .
Imagine you have a child or somebody you really care about, who has to do something frightening , or that they find difficult -what attitude would you take?
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Well, yes I have no doubt these activities can be helpful for some. It sounds right, that greater connection with the world. For some however it will be a question of the cart and the horse. If the depression lifts then and only then will they be able to engage with the world and others. Such engagement may not lift the black cloud in an of itself. It has to be faced that chemistry is at the heart of the illness and only physiological measures will cure the problem. Unfortunately the right compounds have not yet been discovered and for some the blackness never vanishes. Little progress has been made over recent decades and each apparent breakthrough has eventually disappointed. The latest craze is psychedelics. Which may alleviate the pain for some but are unlikely to provide a cure. Talking therapy may indeed help but fo many it is like using sticking plaster on a just amputated limb.
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