Coping With Depression
In the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) model of depression, one of the reasons that breaking out of depression can be so difficult is that depression generates vicious cycles involving a number of aspects of our lives. Once we get stuck in these vicious cycles, they can be hard to break.
According to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), when we’re experiencing depression, we’ll tend to have automatic negative thoughts about ourselves, the world, the future, and other people. This pattern of negative thinking pulls us deeper into depression. And this brings about further negative thoughts; which lead us to feel even more depressed; bringing about more negative thoughts; and so on.
Other vicious cycles that arise from depression involve feelings, behaviours, memories and physical symptoms. These vicious cycles are depicted below: