Dealing With Existential Depression

Existential depression permanently changes the way you experience the world, but it could be for the better. There isn't enough online in terms of how people deal with these thoughts/feelings. While the experience is highly individual, I thought I should share some ideas that seem to help.

(1) Think about the existential depression as a means to build your personality. Going into positive disintegration could be a way out of the depression:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_Disintegration

(2) Figure out the core issues that launched you into the depression (ie. realization of death, career dissatisfaction, life change, etc), use it as guideline to draw out the core issues or conflicts that you are facing (ie. job is pointless, society is superficial, friendships are meaningless, etc)

(3) Instead of relying on medication, stay with the feelings/thoughts and let it motivate you to find out the core of what you believe in and then gradually realign your actions and thoughts to reflect your core beliefs

(4) Read writings from others who have succeeded existential thoughts (ie. Einstein "Out of my Later Years")

(5) Think about it as a positive experience which allows you to see more clearly than others

Hope this may help. I'm still working through by myself. It is a painful, so it's good to find positive stories, outcomes.

       

KP02 KP02
22-25, F
4 Responses Feb 24, 2010

If life has no meaning and all is pointless, then why (there's that word again) are we looking for answers? Just accept that we are here and one day we will be gone. The amount of time we choose to spend dealing with this is ours to decide. I for one, have become confortable with knowing that nothing I can ever say or do matters; including this post. I will be permanently resolving all shortly.

If life has no meaning and all is pointless, then why (there's that word again) are we looking for answers? Just accept that we are here and one day we will be gone. The amount of time we choose to spend dealing with this is ours to decide. I for one, have become confortable with knowing that nothing I can ever say or do matters; including this post. I will be permanently resolving all shortly.

there is no way out but a numb and unaware mind.

thanks for sharing, i'm working through this myself... the pointers are great.