Depression & Anxiety Do Not Define You: Three Words That Do

Your self-image is multifaceted and not restricted to just the “person with depression” or the “person with anxiety.

Self-Definition, Depression, & Anxiety

“It doesn’t really matter who you used to be.
What matters the most is who you CHOOSE to become.”

Very few things upset me more than hearing individuals define themselves by their mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Somehow, during their life journey, these men and women allowed themselves to take on less flattering identities.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Why? Because they live in a country where there is freedom of choice. The choice to decide how they want to be viewed and, more importantly, how they want to be remembered.

Here are three essential words to incorporate into your self-definition:

  1. Encouraged
  2. Empowered
  3. Enlightened

Let’s explore the definitions of these words as well as actions that illustrate such behaviors.

#1 Encouraged

Encouraged—to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the gift of courage.

Courage to take risks; courage to follow through on your dreams; and courage to live the life you deserve to live.

Take that course you’ve always wanted to take. Paint that picture you’ve thought of painting. Or write that letter to a friend you’ve lost touch with.

#2 Empowered

Empowered—to promote self-actualization or influence

True empowerment is founded on personal belief. Have you ever heard that if you can conceive and believe, you can achieve?

Take the first step towards that unfilled dream. Celebrate both small and large accomplishments. And start creating the life you want.

#3 Enlightened

Enlightened—to be freed from ignorance and misinformation

Information isn’t power; it is potential.

Become a lifelong learner always seeking the latest information on any challenge you face.

Explore reliable websites on recovery. Share your journey with others. Or advocate for someone you know might be having a challenging time.


Life is filled with endless possibilities. It’s up to you to go out and grab them!

What do you need to do to feel encouraged, empowered, and enlightened?