Does Your Depression Ever Make You Feel Angry?
In early 2022, The Depression Project posed a question to our 3,000,000+ person social media community:
What are the most common issues that people with depression struggle with?
Thousands of people responded, and as you may have already guessed, a common issue people mentioned was “depression anger” - because, according to our community members:
- “You feel angry that you have depression”
- “You feel angry at being unable to control your thoughts and emotions”
- “Depression leads to so many consequences that can make you angry”
- “When you have depression, sometimes your emotions just build and build until you explode”
- “You get fed up with having your depression constantly misunderstood and dismissed”
And, as a result, we've put together this cognitive behavioural therapy-based journal, in order to:
- Help you feel like you’re not alone if you struggle with “depression anger”;
- Help you understand why anger is such a common symptom of depression;
- Help you understand the ways that “depression anger” may be fuelling and compounding your depression;
- Help you manage and defuse your “depression anger” in the “heat of the moment” – so that you don’t act in ways that you’ll later regret, and so that you can prevent it from fuelling and compounding your depression;
- Help you take steps to feel less “depression angry” in the first place, and instead feel more calm, relaxed and at peace on the whole.
Here’s A Breakdown Of Exactly What This Journal Will Cover
PART 1: Understanding Your “Depression Anger”
In the first part of this journal:
- We’ll share with you a variety of quotes from members of The Depression Project’s community that describe what “depression anger” is like - in order to help you feel like you’re not alone;
- We’ll explain the reasons why anger is such a common symptom of depression;
- We’ll explain the ways in which anger can fuel and compound your depression.
Additionally, to accompany this section of the journal, we’ll also share with you a handful of journal prompts for you to think about and write out your response to - in order to help you reflect on and better understand the specific causes of your “depression anger”, and the specific ways it may be fuelling and compounding your depression.
PART 2: Strategies To Help You Manage “Depression Anger” In The “Heat Of The Moment”
An extremely important – and perhaps the most important – step you can take when it comes to dealing with “depression anger” is learning how to calm yourself down-, control your “depression anger”-, and/or alleviate it in the “heat of the moment” – i.e. when:
- You’re starting to get “depression angry”;
- You are already “depression angry”.
After all, if you’re able to do this, then you can:
- Help prevent yourself from saying and/or doing something that you’ll later regret;
- Help prevent your “depression anger” from fuelling and compounding your depression.
For this reason, in this section of the journal, we’ll share with you a wide variety of tried, tested, cognitive behavioural therapy-based strategies to help you manage your “depression anger” in the “heat of the moment”. Additionally, each strategy we share with you will also be accompanied by one or more guided journal prompts - in order to help you think about how you could implement that strategy as effectively as possible.
PART 3: Strategies To Help Prevent You From Becoming “Depression Angry”
Like we said, in Part 2 of this journal, we will focus exclusively on the steps you can take to help manage your “depression anger” in the “heat of the moment” – i.e. when:
- You’re starting to get “depression angry”;
- You are already “depression angry”.
And, while this is an extremely important skill to be able to cultivate, what you may be surprised to hear is that in addition to being able to manage your “depression anger” in the “heat of the moment”, it’s also possible to take steps to prevent yourself from feeling so “depression angry” in the first place.
For this reason, in the third and final part of this journal, we’re going to share a variety of these steps with you, including:
- Reducing your exposure to “depression anger”-provoking situations;
- Being more kind, compassionate and understanding with yourself;
- Holding yourself to “fairer standards”;
- Giving yourself an outlet for your emotions instead of suppressing them;
- Setting aside time for what makes you feel calm and relaxed;
- Practicing “radical acceptance”;
- Practicing gratitude;
- Taking care of your body.
Additionally, as was the case in Part 2, in order to help you think about how you could implement these strategies as effectively as possible, each one will be accompanied by one or more guided journal prompts that we encourage you to write out your response to.
Additionally, If You Order This Journal Now, Then You'll Also Get Three Great Bonuses!
BONUS #1: The Distress Tolerance Bootcamp
When people are in deep emotional distress (including when they're "depression angry"), it's common for them to try to deal with it in unhealthy ways – such as by, for example:
- Engaging in substance abuse;
- Binge eating;
- Over-spending on "retail therapy";
- Taking their distressing emotions out on others.
However, while unhealthy coping methods such as these may give you some temporary relief from distress in the short-term, they ultimately end up causing you even more pain and suffering in the long-term.
Consequently, it’s extremely beneficial to know some distress tolerance skills - which are one of the four core skill components of dialectical behaviour therapy (a specialised form of CBT).
In particular, distress tolerance skills can help you to cope with distress in a healthy way that not only gives you short-term relief, but that also doesn’t compound your distress in the long-term. And, with this objective in mind, in this Bootcamp:
- You’ll learn 18 healthy strategies that can help you tolerate distress in a wide variety of situations.
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BONUS #2: The Foundations Of Mindfulness Bootcamp
In case you don't know, mindfulness has been proven to have a wealth of benefits, including:
- Reduced symptoms of depression, and reduced probability of having another major depressive episode;
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety;
- Reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- Improved ability to manage symptoms of bipolar disorder (including helping to prevent a manic or hypomanic episode from taking place);
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Consequently, we at The Depression Project created The Foundations Of Mindfulness Bootcamp, in order to share with you:
- Firstly, what mindfulness is, and the reasons why it can be so beneficial – particularly if you’re fighting depression, anxiety, PTSD and/or another mental health illness or issue.
- Secondly, we’ll break down some of the most common myths surrounding mindfulness – which, unless deconstructed, can hold you back from ever practicing mindfulness.
- Lastly, we’ll share with you a variety of mindfulness exercises in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step way – so that you can start implementing them right away, and over time, start reaping some of mindfulness’s many benefits.
Bonus #3: How To Practice Self-Compassion When You Feel Depressed
If you have depression, then it's really, really common to:
- Judge and criticise yourself for feeling the way you do, for coping with depression the way you do, and/or for not meeting an expectation you have of yourself.
- It's really common to be much, much harder on yourself than you would ever be on anybody else.
- And, it's really common to not treat yourself anywhere near as kindly as you deserve to be treated - particularly during your most difficult times.
As common as this behaviour is, though, it's unfortunately only making your depression even worse - which is why it's extremely important that instead, you treat yourself with self-compassion.
And, to show you how to do so, The Depression Project has a new online course for you: How To Practice Self-Compassion When You Have Depression
In this course, you will learn:
- How to practice self-compassion by acknowledging how you feel physically.
- How to practice self-compassion by no longer judging yourself for how you feel mentally.
- How to practice self-compassion by maintaining social support.
- How to practice self-compassion by forgiving yourself.
- How to practice self-compassion by expressing gratitude.
FAQ #1: Why should I be confident that The "Depression Anger" Journal will help me?
This journal is grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy - which in case you don't know, is a leading form of treatment for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, personality disorders, and a wide range of other mental health issues.
Additionally, this journal is also written with the warmth, care, encouragement and insight that, with 3,000,000+ followers on social media, The Depression Project has become renowned for :)
FAQ #2: What format does this journal come in?
This journal comes in PDF Format - which you will be able to download instantly after purchase, and then print off at your home, office or local printer :)
FAQ #3: What if I give this journal a try but I don't like it?
We're extremely, extremely confident that you're going to find this journal immensely helpful. But, just in case you don't, you're protected by The Depression Project's 60 Day, No-Questions-Asked, 100% Moneyback Guarantee - to completely put your mind at ease.
If you have any questions about this journal, then please feel free to click here and contact us so that someone from our friendly team can answer them for you :)
Otherwise, we hope you choose to get this journal, because we know that you're going to find it really, really helpful!
All our love,
The Depression Project Team.