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Are there times you just feel like giving up? Do you feel like you're being backed into the wall but there's nowhere to run and no reason to move? If you catch yourself saying, "Why bother?" you may be experiencing hopelessness but you're not alone. Dr. Robert Leahy shares five ways to help you beat your sadness for good.
To get started, take a moment to review the litany of thoughts constantly running through your head. Do you think any of the following statements:
While writing Beat the Blues Before They Beat You, I realized the single most important issue to address for someone who is depressed is her feeling of hopelessness. If you are absolutely convinced that life is hopeless, then you won't do anything to help yourself. But no matter how hopeless it seems, there are things you can do—right now—that can help you find a way out.
First: Doubt your hopelessness