When You're Depressed, You Can't Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps

October 1, 2014 4:29 PM

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When You're Depressed, You Can't Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps

I'm a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" kind of guy. I'm rarely seen outside of my house without a cowboy hat and boots that include straps, just in case I need to pull myself up. I'm always after my kids to "get over it," or "buck up." In many cases, I think that's good counsel. But because principles like that are so effective when they are appropriate, people like me, who use them, often believe that people can fix anything by themselves. That is dangerous thinking.

I was one of those people who had never experienced depression. Oh, I had experienced bad days and sad things, but that led to discouragement, not depression. Still, since I had never experienced actual depression, I thought it was just a little more intense version of discouragement. That is part o...

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