The idea of a mood disorder is an extreme form of negative thinking that makes it much more challenging for you to become a happier person and to stay happy consistently.
For your own good, it is imperative that you:
- Reject the toxic idea that you might have a mood disorder, disease, or defect that prevents you from becoming consistently happy
- Instead, see 'bad' feelings, anxiety, depression, and other 'negative' emotional states as signs of a functioning mind that can be improved
12 reasons you don't have a mood disorder
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- A mood disorder is a negative view: just as you can see a glass as half-empty or half-full, you can see 'negative' emotions as being the sign of a mood disorder, or being the sign of functioning mind
What are mood disorders, anyway?
It's very simple: mood disorders are just a way that some people choose to think about recurring 'negative' emotional states like fear, anxiety, and depression. The most important thing to understand from the beginning is that the concept of a mood disorder is simply one way that you can think about recurring 'negative' emotions, not the only way.
With this in mind, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other 'mental health' workers choose to see persistent 'bad' feelings, anxiety, depression, and other 'negative' emotional states through the lens of disease and disorder.
This is a choice on their part, and it is not an intelligent choice, especially when you consider that they could easily choose to see these things as signs of a functioning mind that can easily be improved.
As you will see, not only is this positive view completely valid and acceptable, but it also makes more sense to think this way every way you look at it.
- Something to keep in mind: psychologists and psychiatrists are taught to see persistent 'negative' emotional states through the perspective of disease and disorder, and they would quickly be drummed out of school and their professions if they didn't adopt such views
- In such a way, 'mental health' workers are unfortunately frequently pressured to adopt a negative view, regardless of whether they like this view, and even if they fully understand it's only one view and not the 'right' view to have
- You, as an individual, can enjoy greater freedom of thought, since you don't have that type of pressure on you to ever view your condition in such a negative light: this already puts you in a much more powerful position than psychologists and psychiatrists, believe it or not
- Since there are different valid, acceptable ways to think about feeling bad, anxious, or depressed, you have a choice: the idea of a mood disorder is like poison that you can accept and swallow, or reject and throw in the garbage
A common question: what causes mood disorders?
This is like asking what causes you to feel bad on a regular basis, but with the strong assumption that there is something 'wrong' with you, if you consistently feel bad. And why on earth would you make that assumption?
If you haven't done so already, I highly recommend that you read about why 'bad' feelings are alerts, not threats and also how to get rid of 'negative' emotions intelligently.
One key idea in this information is that, just like a fire alarm, 'bad' feelings alert you to opportunities for improvement in your life. Another key idea is that, just like with a fire alarm, you want to take care of what's setting off the 'bad' feeling, and to stop feeling bad as soon as possible.
To understand the intelligence, clarity, power, and sheer sensibility of this view, consider the following example: for twelve years, you have thought life is not worth living, and for twelve years, you have been miserably depressed.
With this example, what is the most intelligent, constructive, sensible interpretation of your condition?
- If you ask a psychologist or psychiatrist, he will likely tell you that you 'clearly and without a doubt' have a serious disease or disorder, since you have been depressed for so long
- But this is not only a destructive, negative, useless view of your situation, it is also completely ridiculous
- Indeed, if for twelve years you have thought that your life is not worth living, you would expect that for twelve years you have been miserably depressed; indeed, far from being a sign of disease or disorder, your depressed condition is a sign that your mind functions and is working in perfect order, given the way you currently think
- Unfortunately, if you accept and swallow the idea of a mood disorder, it has an immediate toxic effect: it's like a bundle of connected negative thoughts that cripple and corrupt your system
When psychologists and psychiatrists pronounce you as having a 'disease' or 'mood disorder', they are doing something extremely ridiculous and silly, considering they presumably want to help you feel better.
Here's the thing: not only do they make this type of a 'diagnosis' as if it's an objective view, (and not some negative view they have chosen to adopt, inspired by what their copy of the DSM has to say), but they also make this 'diagnosis' and deliver it to you as if this diagnosis, in and of itself, won't affect you or your well-being in any way.
It gets even worse and more ridiculous, when you are expected to accept this diagnosis 'for your own good'.
Absurd! This is like going to a doctor for a headache, and then the doctor hands you a cup of poison instead of an aspirin. He then confidently tells you to drink it, without appreciating, for a second, that he's doing something to make your condition worse instead of better!
- To be clear: when 'mental health workers' diagnose you as having a disease or mood disorder, it's certainly not with malicious intent.
- But whether it's delivered with malicious intent or not, the idea of a disease or a mood disorder still has a negative effect on you, if you accept it.
- To put it another way: someone might not understand or appreciate that he is offering you poison. But that is irrelevant. The poison will still make you sick if you decide to drink it.
- First toxic effect: a mood disorder plants the idea that there is something 'wrong' with you, and you can't help feeling bad, anxious, or depressed or struggling with 'negative' emotions in general
When you accept you have a mood disorder, and then start thinking in these toxic ways:
- You naturally feel worse, instead of better, due to thinking there is 'something wrong with you'
- Furthermore, you feel weak, powerless, and helpless, due to thinking you 'can't help' the way you feel; this also makes you feel worse, while at the same time kills your energy and motivation to take action to improve how you feel, since you believe you can't do anything about your situation
- As a result, of all this, you add 'baggage' to your situation, amplifying your 'negative' emotions instead of reducing them, and you predictably continue struggling with bad feelings, since you're not energized or motivated to change how you feel
- Second toxic effect: a mood disorder plants the pessimistic idea that your condition is permanent, and that you are doomed to struggle with sadness, depression, anxiety, unhappiness, or other 'bad' feelings for the rest of your life
When you accept the idea of a mood disorder:
- You naturally prepare yourself for a lifetime of 'coping' with your 'negative' emotions, or learning how to 'manage' them, rather than focusing on how to eliminate them, and become consistently happy
- So, you predictably continue struggling with your 'mood disorder' rather than ever becoming a consistently happy person
- Also, you suffer all sorts of negative effects from thinking that you are doomed to be sad, depressed, or unhappy
- Third toxic effect: a mood disorder plants the self-destructive idea that you are 'broken' or 'defective' in some way, and that it doesn't matter what you think about your situation, this is 'just how you are'
When you think that you're 'broken' or 'defective' as a result of having a mood disorder, and this is 'just how you are', regardless of what you think about your situation:
- You naturally feel worse and have less confidence in yourself and your abilities due to seeing yourself as 'broken' or 'defective'
- You also have a huge glitch in your thinking, by thinking that this is 'just how your are', and that it 'doesn't matter what you think about your situation'
- Indeed, seeing yourself as 'broken' or 'defective' is a direct consequence of how you choose to think about things; if, instead, you choose to see persistent 'bad' feelings as signs of a functioning, working mind, you then see yourself as a whole, functioning human being, and naturally feel better as a result
- Fourth toxic effect: the idea of a mood disorder plants the idea that you can't feel better or be happier without taking drugs or medication to treat the disorder; so it naturally leads to chemical dependence and the unpleasant side-effects of drugs
When you are diagnosed with having a 'disease' or 'mood disorder' that you believe prevents you from being happy, it is natural for you to think that you can't feel better or be happier without taking mood disorder medications.
- This naturally sets you up for psychological and chemical dependence on pills and medication you don't even need to be happier, in the first place
- Indeed, the strongest ingredient in any antidepressant is the power of your thoughts; that is, the power of your belief that they will help make you happier
- For more on this, review the placebo effect: proof your thoughts matter
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- Be warned: if you try to get off medication, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms, which then convinces you that you really do have a 'disease' or 'disorder' that makes you sad, depressed, unhappy, or so on
- This is part of the insidious cycle of developing chemical and psychological dependence on 'medication' that produces all sorts of nasty side-effects
- To be clear: if you are currently on medication, do not go off medication without someone else's supervision, due to the withdrawal symptoms; you presumably got on medication with someone else's help, so if you want to get off it, get off it with their help as well
- Fifth toxic effect: a mood disorder doesn't prevent you from blaming yourself for feeling bad; instead, it prevents you from learning that blaming yourself for feeling bad is non-sensical and a huge factor for why you feel bad in the first place
It's common and normal for psychologists and psychiatrists to say things like: 'Don't blame yourself for feeling bad, depressed, or anxious. It's not your fault. You have a mood disorder, or a disease, and you can't help being this way.'
This is the equivalent of handing a person a cup of poison, but soaking it in sugar, so that it tastes sweet.
Indeed, the victim tastes sweet relief, even as he poisons himself, since he feels free of 'having to' blame or fault himself for feeling bad, depressed, or anxious.
Instead of doing this, mental health workers could be of actual help by saying things like: 'Don't blame yourself for feeling bad, depressed, or anxious. There's no need for it, and it's counter-productive: it just makes you feel worse and prevents you from feeling better.'
- Key insight: the negative idea of a mood disorder is not only useless for becoming happier, but it actively prevents you from becoming a consistently happy person
Let's say that you want to get rid of fear, anxiety, depression, and every other 'bad' emotion you experience on a regular basis. Indeed, you want to become a happier a person and stay happy consistently.
A simple question: how does thinking that you have a 'mood disorder' or a 'disease' help you achieve that?
A simple answer: it doesn't.
- Indeed, seeing a 'mood disorder' or a 'disease' guarantees that you will struggle with 'bad' feelings, and helps trap you in a miserable state
- So not only is the perspective of a 'mood disorder' or a 'disease' destructive, it's completely and utterly useless for helping you achieve what you actually want
- This makes it even more ridiculous and absurd that psychologists and psychiatrists rely on these types of 'diagnoses' to 'help' their patients
- Even if you've been diagnosed with a mood disorder, being educated by a 'mental health expert' that you have a mood disorder reads like bad comedy: it's like a computer repairman uploading a virus to your computer to fix it
Books could be written on the destructive things that 'experts' have promoted in the name of improvement and well-being.
Unfortunately, this is one of those occasions, where self-proclaimed 'experts' have chosen to view things like depression and anxiety through the lens of disease and disorder, without acknowledging, understanding, or appreciating the impact that such ideas will naturally have on a person.
This is particularly troubling, since these same people claim to have some sort of insight as to how thoughts and ideas affect individuals.
The idea matters, not the mouth it came out of
When I was teaching myself how to get rid of depression, one of the most important things I learned was to analyze the merits of thoughts and ideas, by considering both their impact and how sensible they were. (This analysis on 'mood disorders' is one such example.)
I came to accept or reject ideas based on these merits -- and these merits alone -- not caring in the slightest whether a self-proclaimed 'expert' endorsed them or not.
- To be clear: you can benefit from psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and other 'mental health' workers
- Ultimately, however, the quality of their help depends on the quality of their ideas; so the key is to become a more informed 'consumer' of ideas, where you recognize and appreciate the useful, constructive ideas, and reject the useless, destructive ones
- For example: you can accept the constructive, basic premise of cognitive behavioral therapy that if you change how you think, you can change you feel; in the same breath, you can reject the destructive, useless idea that you have a 'disease' or 'disorder' if you have felt bad for a long time
- Even if you've taken a mood disorder test, mood disorder tests are as silly as they are useless: they prove a mood disorder 'actually' exists in the same way that seeing a glass as half-empty proves that a glass is 'actually' half-empty
Mood disorder tests are another form of bad comedy. They're like jokes that would be funny, if they weren't so destructive.
To understand this, consider how they work: you are asked to identify potential symptoms that demonstrate that you might be suffering from some sort of depression or anxiety disorder. Any sign is evidence that you might have a sickness, disease, or disorder and need help.
But, if you do not have any mood disorder symptoms at all, that is not proof at all that you do not have a disorder. No, the message is that a disorder still might be lurking unseen and undetected.
The ultimate conclusion: with mood disorder tests, you always might have a mood disorder, disease, or defect that prevents you from being happy, no matter what the results of the test are.
- Test it out for yourself: take a depression or anxiety test, and fill it out as if you are the happiest person in the planet, without a care in the world
- The results of the test will be that no symptoms of mood disorder were detected, but you still might have a mood disorder, disease, or illness after all, so just ask a 'professional' to be sure
- Understand that there is nothing 'objective' about these tests in the slightest; they encourage you to examine your life and situation in a 'negative' light, and try to confirm the 'existence' of 'bad' things; then, even if you feel very happy, they leave open the possibility that you might be suffering from something and not know it!
- It makes complete sense in every way to reject the idea that you have a mood disorder, and to instead see 'negative' emotional states as being the sign of a functioning mind
When you think about it:
- You have every reason in the world to reject the negative, toxic idea that you might have a mood disorder, disease, or defect that prevents you from being a consistently happy person
- You have every reason in the world to accept the positive, valid, acceptable idea that recurring or persistent 'negative' emotions are the sign of a functioning mind that you can improve
- You have every reason in the world to feel good and be happy about being free of any disease or mood disorder
A reminder: you can click on any of the above reasons to learn more.
The comedy and tragedy of mood disorders
I am probably the only person in the world who laughs when he reads some of the heavy, dry, serious literature written by 'mental health experts'. And the reason I laugh is that some of the thoughts presented are ridiculous to me for so many different reasons.
The literature on all the different types of mood disorders is a clear example. Is it comedy or tragedy? You tell me. But either way, it's an absurd situation.
Listen: if someone hired me to create an evil idea that would cripple people, make them miserable, prevent them from becoming happier, and keep them hooked for life on costly drugs that had all sorts of nasty side effects, I would invent the idea of a mood disorder.
Do you get this? As an evil genius, I would invent the idea of a mood disorder to hurt people in a sneaky, insidious way.
But psychologists, psychiatrists, and other 'mental health' workers are not evil geniuses. Instead, they are generally people who sincerely want to help you, and they present ideas like 'mood disorders' in the name of helping you improve your life.
And therein lies the comedy, tragedy, and absurdity of it all.
Laugh and move on
Understand something: it's currently common and normal for people to see mood disorders and diseases, instead of seeing signs of a functioning mind that can easily be improved.
Indeed, lots of people simply consider it a 'fact' that something like depression is a disease or a mood disorder, and that you're simply 'wrong' or 'unenlightened' if you think otherwise, even if they've never paused to consider the effect of seeing depression as a disease or mood disorder.
It's absurd, but there you go.
When I was teaching myself how to eliminate depression and not deal with it again, I developed a simple solution: I laughed and moved on. I made my peace with other people thinking differently than me, and I just focused on improving my thinking, regardless of whether others approved of it or not.
You can do the same, and I encourage you to do so.
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