How can feeling pain help me recover from depression?

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John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
It’s important to realize that much of our pain is a normal part of life, and that the way through pain is to feel it, rather than hide from it by ignoring it, numbing it through drugs or alcohol or denying its importance. In fact, the way through depression often involves taking a closer look at your painful experiences, opening up to your pain and letting go of the thought that you really shouldn’t be so depressed. To finally stop struggling against pain and to acknowledge that life can be difficult and painful is to give up the idea that life should be different than it is. This can be a crucial step in recovering from depression.
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