While it would be important to check in with your GP to rule out a biological depression – where people can feel depressed regardless of their life circumstances - you have probably hit the nail on the head when you say “I think I’m just struggling because I am not doing anything I love…” Finding meaning and purpose in life is the key to creating a rewarding life, but it is a major challenge for all of us. This is a subject that is very dear to my heart. My husband, (who is a psychiatrist – Dr George Blair-West) and I have spent many years discussing this and he has just written an award winning book called The Way of the Quest (see http://www.thewayofthequest.com/ ) which gives some guidelines to finding meaning and purpose in the form of a metaphorical tale. You may also be interested in his previous bestselling book Weight loss for Food Lovers (see http://www.weightlossforfoodlovers.com/ ) as it addresses psychological reasons behind difficulty with weight management and self sabotage. In fact, the common problem of lack of meaning and purpose he found amongst those struggling with their weight prompted him to write The Way of the Quest – the quest being to find your meaning in life.
If you are willing to see a therapist, I would suggest you find one who does Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). This therapy aims to help you create a rich and rewarding life by helping you clarify your values, set goals and learn ways of managing thoughts and feelings that may get in the way of you living the sort of life you want to lead. You will also find lots of self help resources and books on ACT at this website (www.actmindfully.com.au), with a directory of ACT therapists. Best wishes for you – in seeking help, you have taken your first step in this journey of finding your life’s purpose.
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