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  • You were not born sad.
  • Many people with depression issues have not yet learned to compartmentalize or categorize triggers.
  • Addicts and problem users are seeking to sooth uncomfortable emotions and feeling states. 

Being sad can be a natural response to particular situations. However, the duration, intensity and frequency of can become a programmed subconscious way of being.

As the CEO of our lives, we must realize that depression is a state that left unchecked, can become habitual. When we medicate with substances we miss the opportunity of resolving conflict and creating new associations and triggers. 

Capable, intelligent people who come to perceive themselves as depressed lose ground and control of their lives. The self-image is impacted.  

It is a natural human reaction to feel challenged by unexpected or difficult changes. Change may be the loss of a job, a relationship upheaval, a death of a family member, pet or friend, a health concern of financial difficulties. However, we do not want natural reactions to adversity overstay their welcome. 

An insistence in maintaining the sad identity might be viewed as a safe haven  but the refusal to take action could be viewed as selfish. Whether depression is determined to be situational and/or organic the reality is that new ways of being must be adopted if one hopes to experience a better life. We all feel sad from time to time, and we all have had to find ways to recover from devastating events. This is life.

Our job is to ensure that sadness does not become habituated. Seeing sadness as having a habituated feature doesn't mean it is easy to cope with. But this perspective does open the door to new tools. Remember, you were not born sad and if you still have the capacity, a desire to learn, and an interest in the subconscious mind, then new ways of being are possible.


"I notice that my sadness makes me irritable."

"I have had some changes in my life recently."

"I have used or am currently on anti-depressant/s."

"I don’t have the support I need yet."

"I am as mad as I am sad."

"I would like to be left alone sometimes."

"I haven’t been eating as well as I need to."

"I lack the confidence for needed changes."

"I have pains in my body when I feel sad."

"I am hopeful I can get back to a happier place."

"I feel sad about the state of my body."

"I know I am not meeting my potential."

"I find that my surroundings make me feel sad."

"I do not have the physical energy I used to have."

"I see sadness showing up in my children."

"I wake up and cannot fall back to sleep."

"I over eat when I feel sad."

"I no longer plan for the future."

"I have made use of traditional therapy."

"I need a little excitement in my life."

"I notice that my physical energy needs lifting."

"I find that my sleep patterns are off."

"I lack energy and clarity for needed decisions".

"I lack energy and clarity for needed actions."

"I would like to get my life organized."

"I need help remembering my strengths".

"I have felt sad before and was able to move past it."

"I find that my head often feels fuzzy and cloudy."

"I see my sadness causes problems in my marriage."

"I have lowered my standards over time."

"I feel sad about my lack of spirituality."

"I do not have energy to spend time with people I care about."

"I require new expectations of myself."

"I worry that my children will pick this problem up from me."