Our expert says:
Thanks so much for coming back with your good news and your positive testimony to the value of positive thinking and rational actions, on depression ! It's really valuabl for you to share this exprience with others. What you are doing on your own is one of the key ingredients in the Cognitive Therapy I tend to recommend --- recognizing the automatic negative thoughts and theories one has gotten hooked on, and choosing to substitute for them more reasonable and positive thoughts and theories. As you have found, it works ! Keep up the great work !
And you also valuably remind us of the role of alcohol. Alcohol is a profoundly depressive drug. The only reason some people start by feeling jolly when they drink, is the first part of the brain it usually puts to sleep is the part that provides self-control and good judgement ! So it's a pretty silly kind of jolly.
People who are getting stuck in depression, usually start off drinking expecting that it'll make them feel better, and by the time they realize this isn't working, they're already drunk. And booze both makes one depressed, and keeps one depressed, and can interfere with the beneficial actions of antidepressant medicines, too.
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