The Do’s and Don’t of depression-follow up

Thank you to everyone who read my original post The Do’s and Don’t of Depression and I hope you found it interesting. For some it was clearly thought-provoking and I am grateful for the feedback that ensued. There are a couple of points that I would like to clarify;

The list of Do’s and Don’ts of depression was taken from a book called “Sunbathing in the Rain” by Gwyneth Lewis and they are not my words or opinions. Credit was given to Gwyneth accordingly.

“Do… remember that however much you blame other people, depression will only take you back to yourself.”

I am sure that having read Gwyneth’s book and some of her poetry, that by this sentence she does not mean that people are responsible for their depression, or any other illness that may affect them. Instead I interpret this as not to waste time or energy blaming others, but use it more wisely in helping yourself. Blaming others is futile and will not get you very far. It will probably make you more miserable.

If anyone has a different perspective on this, please let us know. I am happy to stand corrected.

“Don’t attempt the Bible. War and Peace….”

I think that what Gwyneth was trying to convey here is not to take on huge tasks when feeling under the weather. The chances are that you will not complete them and are most likely to be self-critical as a result. As pointed out by a Blogging colleague “Iwrite” there are parts of the Bible which are inspiring and comforting if taken in isolation and I would agree that the Bible is one of those books which you can dip in and out of regularly. Perfect for those with a reduced concentration span.

Once again thank you for all your comments.

Gwyneth Lewis-Chaotic Angels

John-New Testament Chapter 14 et seq


2 thoughts on “The Do’s and Don’t of depression-follow up

  1. Caroline

    I agree with not wasting time blaming others. I know what the quote means. Another book I found useful in understanding this concept is ‘Calm Down’ by Dr Paul Hauck. It talks about the concept that others don’t make you angry or disturbed its how you react to the situation that does. I remember a discussion with my doctor about the utter disasterous situation of ‘ not filling the dishwasher’. The Dr said it wasn’t important, Actually she was right but at the time I didn’t see it that way. Try the book its a good read.

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