Anxiety and Depression: Victim or Survivor

"If there is something wrong, those of us who have the ability to take action, have the responsibility to take action."

-- Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, in the film National Treasure.

Perhaps you saw National Treasure and remember that line, as Ben and Riley decide that they must steal the Declaration of Independence in order to prevent it from being stolen.  Irony. 

When it comes to ANXIETY and DEPRESSION, this statement is CRITICAL and TRUE.   If you suffer from these mental illnesses, you know that something is indeed very wrong.  

When it comes to anxiety and depression, you have the ability to take action.  You simply need to accept the responsibility.

What you probably don't know is that you have the ability to take action.  So many sufferers of anxiety and depression do not accept the responsibility.  Why is that?

When it comes to mental illness, I believe that anxiety and depression are the two types that the sufferer has the ability to not only recognize the symptoms, but has the ability to mitigate and manage the symptoms, and the illness.  This is not true for other illnesses such as narcissistic personality disorder or schizophrenia.


  • blame others or circumstances for their situation
  • they want sympathy
  • refuse to accept responsibility
  • fail to take action
  • by they are disempowered


  • accept responsibility for their situation
  • want support while they deal with their situation
  • ask themselves and others how they can improve or better themselves
  • by accepting responsibility they are empowered to take action
  • change their routine or lifestyle to better handle or eliminate their anxiety or depression

Which one are you -- a victim or a survivor?

Which one do you want to be?

To become a survivor?  Follow this simple formula.

Step 1: Decide that you are a survivor.

Step 2: Stop blaming circumstances or others.  It is your fault that you have anxiety and/or depression.  Accept that you are responsible.  Only then can you be empowered to make changes.

Step 3: Tell your loved ones and close friends that you are dealing with anxiety or depression and ask for their understanding and support.  Direct them to online resources so they can learn about anxiety and depression and how to be supportive.

Step 4: Now, it's time for you to start taking action.  Learn all you can about self-help for depression.  Look for motivational and inspirational books, and videos.  Keep track of your efforts and your results.  Journal about what works and does not work.  Make sure that you do AT LEAST one constructive thing every day related to dealing with your anxiety and depression.

Step 5: Commit to your decision.

Step 6: If you fall off course (and you will), forgive yourself and get back on course.  Don't accept defeat.  It is NOT an option.

I'm not going to promise you it will be easy, or that some day you will be cured.  There will be bad days, or weeks, or months.  But you can make positive progress in dealing with your anxiety and depression.  

I have.  And so can you.


On our YouTube channel, I recommend several books that help with anxiety and depression  Be sure to check them out by clicking here.

We also have a great video: Do These 2 Simple Things Everyday To Feel Better.

Here are some great motivational personalities.  Click on their name to be brought to their websites.

Tony Robbins

Brendon Burchard

Chalene Johnson

Bob Proctor

NOTE: Defying Depression is not affiliated in any way with these people or their companies.





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