Helpful, Hopeful, and Purposeful

Dr. David J. Koehn Psychologist Fort Myers, Florida

Dr. David Koehn is a psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Koehn specializes in the treatment of mental health problems and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Koehn evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy.... more

Helpful, Hopeful, and Purposeful


Dr. David J. Koehn


Ever feel like you have nothing to live for? You cannot seem to be able to do anything. You are helpless. You see no way forward. You have no hope for the future. You get deeply down on yourself and have no energy. You are so depressed that it is difficult to be around others or to find anything meaningful. You cannot sleep or do not feel the need to eat. You are numb to everyday living. If you find yourself having these symptoms, beware that these are signs of a person who is vulnerable to suicide. People who commit suicide are seeing killing themselves as the only way to cope with life and end the extreme emotional pain they are experiencing. 

People in this situation are sunk in a condition called learned helplessness. The way out is baby steps to which you attitudinally reverse your thinking. Rather than think of the abyss, you envision yourself being able to be helpful to yourself and others. You see the goodness around you and begin to visualize a positive future. You apply seven key concepts: operate with a full cup, find guides, act as if, express gratitude, make a contribution, pass it on, and chase the light as seen in the video “For the Love of It” by Dewitt Jones. You kill the ANTS which is automatic negative thinking by using thought stopping with positive affirmations or apply the exercise to deal with negative thinking developed by Dr. Amen. You begin to exercise, eat healthy foods, not process foods, and feed your brain with natural supplements. Look at as a source to improve brain functioning.

Develop a support system.  Seek a psychologist to help you explore a way forward. Find others who you can lean on – a minister, a friend, a colleague, a family member, and/or an acquaintance. Be holistic in your approach and you will find your way out of the abyss. You can do it, one mini-step at a time. You will become helpful, see the purpose, and be hopeful!