Managing Intrusive Thoughts as Depressive Disorder Symptoms

Intrusive thoughts are negative thoughts that you may experience involuntarily. While they are something anyone can experience from time to time, they can also be a symptom of mental health issues like depressive disorders or other types of mood disorders. For people living with depressive disorders, intrusive thoughts can lead to believing that they aren’t good enough to fight and get the mental health help that’s needed. And, can negatively impact life in a way that is debilitating. But, intrusive thoughts are lies masking themselves as depressive disorder symptoms. The sooner a person living with depressive disorders understands that the intrusive thoughts they have about themselves are falsities, the better prepared they are to fight these thoughts off and maintain mental well-being.

There are some common lies that come in the form of intrusive thoughts that people diagnosed with a depressive disorder should look out for including:

“You Won’t Ever be Good Enough”

Many intrusive thoughts that people struggling with depression may have is that they aren’t good enough – for their goals, for recovery, for their loved ones, etc. In the day and age where the standard of “good” is misconstrued for material things or things that don’t really matter, it can be challenging to overcome the feeling that we may not be good enough for the things that others have, like peace or happiness. However, these thoughts are just lies that come from expectations to be perfect that can be placed on us throughout our lives or comparisons to other peoples’ lives – they aren’t true. You will always be good enough to gain healing, be happy, and have peace.

“You’re Hopeless”

Depression can rob us of having hope that we’ll ever feel better, be better, or do better. Common symptoms of depressive disorders include experiencing emotions that include despair and hopelessness. Without hope, it can be difficult to have the motivation to do anything – from the most trivial of tasks to taking care of mental well-being. However, you cannot let depression take your hope and you can always remind yourself that light comes after every storm. Hopelessness never lasts which means there is always hope for a brighter future.

“No One Cares About Your Issues or Even You”

Living with depression can bring about symptoms of avoidance, which can mean isolation from others. One of the lies that depression tells us is that no one cares if we are to get worse or better. And, the people who do care are only pretending to care or they are doing so because they feel pity. But, that’s not the truth – even if you feel like you don’t have anyone who cares, there is always someone who does. Depression just doesn’t allow you to see the people who really care about you and your mental well-being. If you reach out for help, you’ll find that after you feel better, there are people who will be proud of your healing journey. And, people you meet along the way who truly care that you feel better and that you have the tools to reach your mental health goals.

Getting Help for Intrusive Thoughts and Depression at Delray Center

Do you find yourself having these intrusive thoughts due to depression? Delray Center for Healing can help. We understand that it can be hard to reach out for help when you’re feeling your lowest. But, if you just take the first step, you’ll find a team of caring individuals who truly want what’s best for you – to feel better. Find out more about how we help people living with depressive disorders and our programs from our website.