Can You Be Ambitious and Depressed?

In August 5, 2022
a person who is Ambitious but depressed looks out a window

The typical image that people associate with depression is someone who can’t get out of bed, is unemployed, or can’t get much done because of their feelings. The reality is that people are often ambitious but depressed. In fact, depression and ambition can go hand-in-hand, causing conflicting feelings. Someone who is ambitious but depressed may go through severe thought cycles that drive both the ambition and depression to become more prominent.

Breaking the cycle of ambition and depression can be difficult but is crucial to leading a healthier, happier life in which you can achieve fulfilling goals. Seasons in Malibu provides high-quality depression treatment at The Beach Cottage center. Here, clients can learn how to manage their symptoms of depression in a tranquil, luxurious environment. If you struggle with overbearing depressive thoughts, find happiness at Seasons in Malibu. Get started by calling or contacting our team online.

The Link Between Depression and Ambition

People with ambitions may pursue their passions at least partially to escape their feelings of depression. They may feel that once they have arrived at their goal of success, their sadness will be gone, but that is often not the case. Achieving certain levels in their career does not always resolve issues from the past or areas of the emotional darkness that ambitious people experience.

Successful people with high ambitions can often fall into the trap of believing that once they reach a feeling of superiority or being the best at what they do, all of their feelings of self-doubt will end. Striving for superiority has been shown to cause more feelings of depression rather than happiness. People that compare themselves to others and want to be the best tend to feel more depressed and insecure.

Ambitious people can also become addicted to productivity and base too much of their self-worth on their careers. They may feel that they need to work constantly and continue striving for success even though it negatively affects them. To resolve the “success syndrome,” it is crucial for people to learn how to find their inherent self-worth outside of what they do or what they have achieved.

Long-Term Effects of Depression on Ambition

If you’re ambitious and suffer from depression, it can be tough to stick to your goals. Depression can make it hard to concentrate, enjoy activities, or find the motivation to do anything other than what’s necessary to get by. As a result, people with depression may start falling behind at work, miss deadlines, or fail to meet the standards they set for themselves.

Depression can also lead to negative changes in behavior, such as drinking alcohol excessively, using drugs, or engaging in risky activities. These behaviors can damage relationships, jeopardize jobs, and make it harder to stick to goals.

It’s essential to get help if you’re struggling with depression. Depression is a serious illness that can have long-term effects on your health, career, and relationships. If you feel hopeless, helpless, or worthless, please seek help. You don’t have to suffer from depression alone.

The Benefits of Depression Treatment

Depression treatment can help you manage your symptoms and regain control of your life. At Seasons in Malibu, we offer a variety of evidence-based depression treatments, such as individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and holistic therapies.

Individual therapy can help you understand the thoughts and behaviors contributing to your depression. You’ll learn to identify and manage your triggers, cope with difficult emotions, and set realistic goals.

Group therapy is an effective way to share your experiences with others struggling with similar issues. In group therapy, you’ll learn from other people’s perspectives and gain new insights into your own understanding of depression.

Medication management can help stabilize your mood and minimize the symptoms of depression. Antidepressants are often used in conjunction with therapy to provide the most effective treatment possible.

Holistic therapies, such as art and spiritual therapy, can help you relax and find peace of mind. These therapies can also help you develop a healthy relationship with your thoughts and emotions.

Break the Link Between Depression and Ambition with Treatment at Seasons in Malibu

Being ambitious but depressed does not have to be how you live your life anymore. You can manage your depression and achieve your goals with the right treatment. At Seasons in Malibu, we offer a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and holistic therapies. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and helps you achieve your goals. Contact us today online or by calling to learn more about our world-class depression treatment program.


By Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor

Seasons Malibu