I have had a person* say to me that “I was selfish and it was all about me” when I was in the depth of a depressive low mood, does depression make you selfish? I think it does.
When you are depressed you can barely take care of yourself let alone others, just surviving a day can seem like an uphill struggle. Your thoughts and rationing are distorted by the depression and it can make you a selfish person as you cannot think about others. You are so wrapped up in feeling so worthless and useless that you can’t begin to think about another’s problems.
But does depression make you selfish and what does being selfish even mean?
Dictionary.com defines it as; devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
I do think depression makes you selfish but I believe that is for a reason, the aim is to devote time and energy on yourself to allow your mind time to heal and recover. Sometimes you have to be selfish and put ourselves first and most defiantly when you are suffering from depression your own health has to be your main priority.
During a depressive episode you should fully concentrate on yourself.
You feel so low, lost and hurt almost alike to a physical pain yet you can’t explain where the pain is coming from. By being able to focus on yourself, take time out and dedicate your time to surviving, learning and receiving treatment for depression you are in fact doing the best thing you can do.
I do suffer from depressive moods and at those times yes I suppose I am a selfish person, because I cannot always put others before myself. Does depression make you selfish? Yes it does and for good reason too.
Let’s hear your views; Does Depression Make You Selfish?