The single most common piece of advice you hear when you are depressed is along the lines of “do/think something that would normally make you happy”. It is nonsense because the very description of depression is ‘no longer finding pleasure in pleasurable activities’. And it is even more nonsense because, well, you didn’t think I thought of that already?
But there is an additional wrinkle thrown in that doesn’t get talked about a lot. It is something I bet few of you are aware of. It is something that I have talked at length with many people who suffer from depression about and it is rather common experience for us.