A few days ago I posted on here about
having severe separation anxiety regarding moving into my apartment. Any big life change like that causes me a great deal of anxiety which usually lasts for at least a couple of weeks. With it often comes mild to moderate depression because I'm too worried to enjoy any of the usual stuff that makes me tick. This is my third such 'bout' of anxiety, the previous two being in February of this year and November of last year respectively.
However, this time around I've noticed I'm doing something different. I've been dealing with the anxiety now for about
five days and the depression just started to settle in a couple of days ago. This time, rather than despair whenever I think about
what the next day is going to be like, I've been telling myself, "You aren't really depressed. You're sad because you're worried. It's all a side effect of that first moment of anxiety on Sunday." While it hasn't done much to lessen the anxiety, I find I've been less depressed than usual!
Not sure why this is working, but it is. Sort of a self-imposed version of CBT, maybe?