Depression is a terrible, harrowing disease to endure.
It steals pieces of our lives. It steals our joy. It steals some of the greatest parts of who we are. When we are depressed, we tend to reach for the easiest coping mechanism. It’s all we can find the strength to do. Often, it does not even seem like a choice.
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This article is not a judgement on those who opt for the coping strategies listed below. In fact, I have fallen victim to most of these on many occasions. I still struggle with a couple of them. This is, however, a warning. When you cope in these ways, be aware of the toll that they take on your mental state.