How To Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself

By Sarah Fader

Updated December 06, 2018

Reviewer Chante’ Gamby, LCSW

It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Who can honestly say they have never felt a bit sorry for themselves? But, it should not consume you and make your life miserable. While it is natural to feel sad for a short period of time, feeling sad longer than that may be a sign of something more serious such as depression.


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Why are You Feeling that Way?

First, you have to figure out why you are feeling sorry for yourself. Did something bad happen that started this feeling or did you just wake up sad and have not been able to explain it or get rid of it? For example, if you and your significant other got into an argument or you lost your job, this can cause you to feel sorry for yourself for a while. But, if you just all of a sudden realize you are sad and do not feel like doing anything you normally do, it may be a good idea to seek help

Clinical Depression

Clinical depression may include some of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Eating less or more than usual
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Chronic pain
  • Aggravation or irritability
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Suicidal thoughts


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What Causes Depression

There are many different theories and there is no simple answer to this because depression can be triggered by many things. Some say it is a genetic factor because mood disorders like depression do seem to run in families. It can also be a major traumatic incident such as divorce, loss of a loved one, or abuse. Changes in brain chemicals can also cause depression.


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What You Can Do About It

If you are depressed, reach out to a licensed mental health professional for help. Getting the appropriate help is most important. The sooner you seek that help and begin treatment, the sooner you can begin feeling like yourself again.


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