Pessimism and depression
- Jennifer Baxt NCC, DCC
There are many different causes of depression, many of which are environmental factors, physical health factors, mental health factors and social factors. There are, however, a number of personal factors of a person that can cause them to fall into a depression. A persons outlook on life, for example, can be enough to either keep them out of depression, or make them more susceptible to falling into a depression. Having a negative outlook on life or a pessimistic outlook on life can increase the chances of becoming depressed, because life is not as enjoyable as it should be.
Someone with a pessimistic personality is often not as easy going or fun to be around. They have a negative view of the current world around them and the future does not look a lot better. Things can never go right, other people are only nice because they want something from them and there is no point in having dreams or goals because they will never happen or be achieved. Pessimistic people tend to feel that they have no real purpose in life and that there really doesnt seem to be any reason for them to try or even be around. There are people who are only a little pessimistic at times, but there are also people out there who are more consistently pessimistic about themselves, their life and the world around them. It is these people who are more prone to fall into serious depression, though it can sometimes be depression that can cause a person to develop a more pessimistic outlook.
People who are pessimistic tend to have a lower level of confidence, have a lack of interest in activities and little drive or ambition to go out and accomplish things. Life for pessimistic people can become boring and unrewarding. With this, living life, going to work and having a decent social life can become difficult to manage, which is why seeing a therapist might be a good idea. Online therapy is now available to people who would rather remain in the comfort of their home instead of going to meet a therapist in person. All they have to do is contact an online therapist and e-mail them. The online therapist or counselor can then work with the patient to find out what the root of their pessimism is. They can then work with the patient to get out of their negative outlook on life and see that there is cause to have some optimism. They can help the patient to see that there are things in life worth trying, that some people are nice because they are legitimately nice and that there is a point in having dreams and goals because they can come true and be achieved. People who find they are becoming depressed and are more pessimistic than optimistic in life should seek help, because it is with help that their life can be improved. Many people who have gone to online therapy have been successfully treated for their depression.