As we know from engaging with our 3,000,000+ person social media community, it's unfortunately really, really common for people to struggle with "depression shame".
And, while there are many different reasons for this, one of the most common causes of "depression shame" is the actions you took while you were in "depression survival mode".
So, in this blog post, we'd like to share with you a handful of reasons why you should forgive yourself for what you did in "depression survival mode".
Are you ready?
Why You Should Forgive Yourself For What You Did In "Depression Survival Mode"
- It's unfair to judge yourself by the same standards in "survival mode" as you would when you're in "living mode". After all, when you're in "survival mode", you're battling severe symptoms of depression that compromise your ability to function, do the "day-to-day" things, and to be at your best.
- Your unhealthy coping strategies in "survival mode" may have helped to keep you safe and grounded during difficult times.
- The behaviours you're shaming yourself for likely helped you to make it through your darkest moments and be here today.
- You were doing your best.
We hope you find some of these words helpful, our friend, and that moving forwards, you offer yourself a little more compassion and self-forgiveness.
All our love,
The Depression Project Team.