Season of Depression

Depression is a number one health problem.

An ever growing number of our population suffers from depression. The state of the economy during this last decade has greatly impacted many! Although it has begun to turn around the residual effects remain. Anxiety and stress can bring on depression when not addressed.

During the Holiday season when everyone is seemingly happy and cheerful many suffer from "Seasonal Depression." Others suffer all throughout the year!

Depression can be brought on by trauma, grief, divorce, prolonged stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, living with a substance abuser, loss of career, sexual abuse, obesity, unemployment or unresolved family dysfunction. A decrease in neurotransmitters is also a major factor in depression. When anger is not dealt with properly it can actually manifest in the form of depression. Depression is actually unresolved anger turned inward. A person can actually be depressed for years and not know they are depressed.

A depressed person suffers from self- defeating beliefs. Here are a few of those beliefs. I have to be loved to be happy. I must give up my beliefs to please others. If others don’t like me I can’t be happy. I can’t trust others they will only hurt me. I’m inferior to others. I should never hurt anyone's feelings. This is why it is so important not to compare yourself with others. Comparing will either make you feel erroneously superior or inferior. Seek to be a better you.

Everyone has there own unique shortcomings. We all are in a state of "becoming." We all have varying temperaments. Our temperament determines how well we react or handle the stresses and pressures in life. Know that God made us all uniquely different yet equal. It is helpful to know your particular temperament this will help you better understand yourself.

There are varying degrees of depression.

The foundational causes of depression are usually rooted in some type of personal injury. A deep sense of hopelessness, fear, bitterness, anger, ambivalence and despair are usually a side bar of depression. Depressed people are usually focused inwardly. A deep sense of shame often keeps the depressed person in a state of emotional isolation. Angry with themselves and sometimes even angry with God they experience a great deal of conflict. Depression is often described as feeling as though you are totally alone in a black bottomless hole.

A chronically depressed person may often have suicidal or violent thoughts towards themselves or others. They also suffer from distorted thinking, which can resort in magnifying situations. A great sense of loneliness is realized since they feel unwanted, unimportant and unloved. They may overeat, under eat, sleep excessively or to the extreme be unable to sleep at all.

In extreme depression there is frequent loss of emotional control and frequent crying spells. Overwhelmed by the depression their being inhabits a deep void. Although often remorseful after improper behavior, they have the potential to exhibit extremely violent and self-destructive behavior. A depressed person can use their depression to manipulate others. Attention getting depression frequently ends up in loss of mate and friends.

Bipolar depression alternates between manic and depressive moods.

There is much medical evidence to substantiate genetic predisposition in some individuals. In between episodes they can have long periods of normal functioning. This type of depression can take a toll on those afflicted as well as their friends and loved ones. Depression of this magnitude accounts for the majority of mental hospital admissions. In most cases the assistance of a prescribed anti-depressant medication is necessary. This helps to replenish the depleted neurotransmitters. This kind of treatment is only viable by a qualified Psychiatrist or a medical physician.

Depression is of a spiritual nature as well. Although the word depression is not mentioned The Bible on numerous occasions mentions hopelessness and despair. Remember when King Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and wandered eating grasses, grew long, long, hair and his nails grew as claws. "He finally lifted his eyes to the Lord and praised Him. His understanding was restored." Read Daniel 4: 32-34 . What about Job, Moses, David, Elijah or Jeremiah, these are just a few examples. Or how about King Saul who had a tormenting spirit? Encouraging a depressed person to think realistically from a biblical perspective is crucial to their healing. Depression can be cured with the right therapeutic help when it is not of a biological nature.

The power and direction of the Holy Spirit is much needed in dealing with a depressed person. Help them to understand that God loves them because of who He is and not because of who we are. (Without God we really aren’t much of anything.) His love for us is not based upon what we do or do not do. He LOVES us so much He allowed His son Jesus who was sinless to die for us. When we accept Him as Lord and Savior He stands patiently waiting to help us with our varied sin weaknesses. He has given us His Holy Spirit the Comforter to direct us to all Truth. A truly Christ centered life will give your life new meaning! Fellowshipping with balanced committed Spiritual minded Christians is a plus. Spending time doing something for someone else will also give them less time to spend in too much introspection or self- pity.

Depressed people need to be encouraged! Let them know God already knows all what has transpired in their life. Encourage them to develop a personal intimate relationship with Him. Not a religious knowledge! But to really begin understanding that the Bible is not a fantasy! The people in the Bible are real. There are many encouraging examples in the Bible to help us! The examples therein are for us, then, today and tomorrow!

Once you accept Jesus He is forever there for you. Just don’t leave Him out! He wants to be a part of every area of our lives. Remember you are now adopted. You do not have to go through anything alone. Your old self should gradually begin to take on the characteristics of your Heavenly Father. But for this to take place you must spend time with Him. Begin to meditate on His WORD! Start with Romans 5:1-6 and Philippians 4: 6-9. Be patient know that God has promised to work everything in your life for good eventually. Learn to properly verbalize your anger. Don’t suppress it. It’s okay to be angry!

Christians often experience depression. Feelings of abandonment override their ability to rationalize that God really loves them right where they are. There is absolutely nothing that He does not know about anyone, anywhere or anything in this entire world. This is an amazing attribute of the Lord for He is Omniscient! WOW! This is why it is so very necessary for committed teachers of the Gospel to expound with wisdom and simplicity directed by the Holy Spirit. Keeping it on a level for all to understand. To reinforce that we can really do " all things through Christ that strengthens us." To know that fear is not from the Lord. "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Season of Depression

This can be a difficult time for many. But difficult times are only for a season! Time, situations and seasons continuously change. Instead focusing on what is not happening, make it a point to see what is happening! You cannot change the past. But you can build a better happier future! With God ALL things are possible!

You cannot undo anything that has happened. Continuing to do things the same way will get you the same results. So yes you will have to make some changes for the better. The good thing is you are now at a place you realize that you really want some things to change.

God will give you hope and help you to cope with whatever you may be going through! Make sure you take some time and balance life out by looking around and seeing all the wonderful things that have happened in your life. No matter what is going you can find something to be THANKFUL for! Remember, "This is the Day that the LORD has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it." Who but God can make a day!!! Today and everyday is a precious GIFT from the LORD! Now that is true POWER! Know that you are important to God! GOD LOVES YOU !!! Reach out to Him and trust Him to lead you in the path of righteousness! Trust Him, He can and will change your hopelessness into HOPE! "The JOY of the Lord is your strength"

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kysnoopyq42 7 years ago from no where

Wow, thanks for the info. I didn't know some things that you pointed out.

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

Brilliant and informed.God Bless.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Kysnoopyq42, Wow! that was a quick response! You are quite welcome! Thank You for stopping by and do come again, Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Itakins, Thank you & Blessings!

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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

This is very inspirational and motivational. Thanks for making my day. Indeed, the past is gone but we can replan and make tomorrow and the future better. This requires the Grace of God and prayers. Remain blessed DeBorrah.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Philipo, I am glad that you are inspired! With God there is always HOPE! You can not change the past but yes, you can build a better future! With God "All things are possible!" Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I can so relate with your hub. I have had to give up my beliefs for years to please my family. I have had to live with not being validated for years. Like my feelings don't matter but everyone elses does. I have had to stuff my feelings. I finally realized that the only one that matters is God and he listens to me all day long.

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patriciarose7 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

"The JOY of the Lord is your strength"--you are so right. This takes a lot of discipline to reach this JOY as I have struggled for many years with depression and it seems to not have such an impact on me as I am feeling more closer to God with the help of Jesus in my life.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

TimesHealsAll, It is unfortunate that your family does not embrace your values. I suggest writing a letter to them and say all you want to say; Turn on some music and Read it! Have a good cry and tear it completely up...

They may never fully understand how you feel, But as least you can release any bitterness. Whenever you see them the Love you have for the Lord will shine through... Just maybe one day they too will want a true relationship with the Lord? Have a wonderful BLESSED HAPPY THANKSGIVING! You have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

PatriciaRose, It really is! You can always count on the Lord. Know that the Lord Loves you and there is nothing that has happened in your life that He is not aware of... As you grow and TRUST HIM you can release your depression to Him.

It is wonderful to hear that you are beginning to shift the load. Remember "Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for My Yoke is easy and My burdens are light!" God is a burden bearer. Keep leaning and trusting on Him! Have a BLESSED HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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Leop 7 years ago

Great information here. Well documented. Thank you Deborrah. Its not always easy for some people. I believe in staying on top of things and not getting it to reach this point, but if it does, I seek help. God bless and thanks for writing.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Leop, Thank you! I realize that this is not an easy time for everyone. It is important to "stay on top of things" as you say or reach out to someone who is "safe." Take care of yourself and get the help you need if necessary... Life is precious so seek out ways to balance it out and have some fun too! It could be the smallest thing, but, make it a point to try and find something good in everything! Thank you for stopping by and sharing, Blessings!

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RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Another important topic that is informative, helpful and meaningful. This is not the best time for many particularly those struggling through the bad economy, loss of loved ones and so forth. Your recommendations, if followed, should provide some relief. Your genuineness and love exuded from your words. Be blessed!

Love and hugs,

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Rev Lady, As always it is a pleasure. As Ministers of the Lord, I believe it is very important at this time we extend a message of HOPE in the LORD! As you know there is much Peace one can find in diligently pursuing an ongoing relationship with the Lord! "What a FRIEND we have in JESUS!" Thank you for stopping by, Love & Blessings!

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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States


This was a timely hub for me. I have struggled with depression for years and didn't always recognize it. But I have a very good friend who is helping me work through issues, and I am finding healing.

This hub was just another reminder that God will finish what He has started with me, including those things I myself am not fully awake to. You were His mouthpiece. Thank you.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Joy At Home, Thank you! I am so glad that you have a very good friend and you are in the process of healing! Wonderful!!! "The Lord will never leave or forsake you." Thank you and just know that the Lord Loves You! Thank you for sharing as well, In His Love & Blessings!

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

A touching Hub - I hope all who are depressed find comfort and peace, especially as the Festive season is approaching.... particularly those who have lost loved ones. May God use us all to support each other, thru his Word.

Best Wishes.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Lady E, Thank You! Yes we want to encourage those who have lost loved ones as well as those who may not find this time of the year a "Festive Season." Yes, Peace & Comfort to any an all who may be experiencing depression... Thank you for your wonderful inspiring hubs, you reach out and touch a lot of people. Thank you as always for stopping by, Love & Blessings!

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Randy Kadish 7 years ago

Beautiful article, yet so many of us cannot come to believe in a loving, Judeo-Christian God. (Yes, I've tried, but how could I with so much trauma in my childhood, so many senseless wars in the history of mankind.) Still, I believe in a higher power, e.g. the laws of the universe, Judeo-Christian Morality, the Twelve Steps, but my higher power was not enough to ease my short, but severe depression. What finally did was the realization that throughout my whole life, no one ever empathized with me - not even my therapist of many years - no one ever told me that I was all right, and that the behavior of my qualifiers - to use an Al-anon term - wasn't my fault.

In the end we all want to be listened to.

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JimLow 7 years ago

I experienced the onset of severe anxiety and depression when I developed autoimmune thyroid disease in 2003. I have since written a great deal about emotional disorders.

I loved this Hub - it points to the need for recognizing this sometimes crippling emotional disorder and the need to ask and allow God to minister his healing to our emotions.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Randy Kadish, Thank you! Children are designed in such a way that they need to be loved, nurtured and feel safe and protected. When trauma occurs in childhood it can cause insecurity and causes one to wonder “who can I trust.” This can cause one to become angry and depressed. Or ask where was GOD when this happened? You now know that you are not responsible for the trauma! Often this mistrust is extended to God because people who say that they love God have sometimes caused the trauma. God does not force His way into your life. Nor is He responsible for trauma or senseless wars or…….

This is why it is important to get to know the Lord personally through His Word. I suggest selecting a book in the Bible to read slowly, perhaps Ephesians? Momentarily lay aside any prejudices and read it as though you are reading it for the very first time and see if it speaks to your heart. I think you will find it quite interesting! You also have the choice to invite Jesus into your life and ask Him to further open your understanding of Him?

I am glad to hear that you have been able to work through severe depression. This shows perseverance and tenacity on your part! You are right it is important for someone to listen. Good therapy is listening, validating the person’s feelings and allowing them to choose the path to recovery… Thank you stopping by and sharing, Please do come again, Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Jim Low, I am happy to hear that you have been able to lean on the Lord and gain strength and insight through the challenges of "autoimmune thyroid disease"

Thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed this. It is important to not take well being for granted and be aware that many are going through in life and there is a great need to find healthy ways to resolve emotional issues and conflict. We will never fully understand "WHY?" as far as a lot of things that happen?

God does have some viable remedies! The Word of God continues to amaze me, it is full of practical wisdom that can help one navigate to and through emotional healing. Yes, God is able to minister and bring about emotional healing! An ongoing intimate relationship with HIm can make all the difference in the world. Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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TrudyVan 7 years ago from South Africa

You touched on a lot in your hub. thank you for sharing with us.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

TrudyVan, Thank You and Thank You for taking the time to stop by. Please do come again, Blessings!

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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Fighting God causes depression. When one stops fighting they move much closer to healing. Also an imbalance in brain chemistry aided by medication gives the opportunity for clear thinking so that normal functioning continues. In my case, exercise does everything I need to increase my endorphins. The Lord keeps my heart and mind. I love you DeB

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Nobody, God really does make all the difference in the world! Thank you for your wise and insightful comments as always! You have given some excellent helpful suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Thank you brother for sharing and caring, Blessings!

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sweetie1 7 years ago from India

Thsnks DeBorrah K. Ogans for the info.. Even though i am not christian, and knew nothing about Jesus or anything, still i liked ur hub.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago Author

Sweetie1, You are quite welcome! Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words! I appreciate your honesty and openness again THANK YOU and please do come again. You are always welcome! Blessings!

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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

Thorough information on depression and the best part the solution. Great hub, keep up the good work!

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Bail UP, Thank you and please do come again! Blessings!

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Depression is really a problem ..very big problem..Interesting post..Thanks

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

htodd, You are so welcome! During this time of the year depression overtakes many even moreso... I pray that this is helpful and you have been encouraged in some way! Thank you for stopping by! Please do come again! Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I don't know how I missed reading this important hub. You have many wonderful ways to help people that are depressed. I think men can get depressed easily. Everyone on my mother's side of the family seemed to have some kind of depression in them. It seems so many things can cause it. You're kind visits, and supportive thoughts, words, ideas, and Christian knowledge has been very psychologically supportive in my life for sure, and I bet for a lot of good folks. Thank you for you're love, kindness, intellect, knowledge, and support, and advice you give us all. God Bless You, and Thank you. God Bless You're family, and loved ones too dear heart.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago Author

Stars, I think perhaps you discovered this when the time was right... I pray that you continue to be encouraged…

There is an enormous pressure for men because they feel burdened down since in general they do not talk as much about how they feel... You and Joann work very hard to make a comfortable home for Becky. Which is not easy with the many health conditions between you as well. The pressure wishing that you could do more, but you are physically limited is present. There is also so much going on in this world about us that can make it even easier to become depressed. You have worked very hard down the years to make life better and safer for many… The important thing is to know that you are not alone and God Loves You!

Life can be difficult at times. The WORD tells us that “ALL things work together for the GOOD when you Love the Lord…” Romans 8. We cannot change anything that has happened but we can press forward taking it a day at a time when things get harder. We can learn much from our love ones who have passed on… Keep in mind that each day is a gift from the LORD! Try to find something to be thankful for each day, it really can help. Know despite how you feel God knows and understands. This is why I try to encourage spending time with Him each day even if it is only a few minutes. Or whispering a prayer as short as “Lord Help!” This way you do not have to feel isolated. How you feel matters to the Lord! When you feel helpless connecting with God can draw you away from falling into deep despair. Remember He gives us the breath of life. God has created each of us uniquely and we are all important to Him! In the eyes of God we are all children! Just think how much you love Becky; God loves you even more because He is Love. Keep looking up and know that God has more in store for you…

I am so glad that this was helpful in some way, Thank You for stopping by to share , In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless ALL of You!

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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

This is indeed an excellent hub DeBorrah K. Ogans. This hub contains a great wealth of information very interesting to read backed up by sound biblical counsel. Thank you so much for sharing these great information. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago Author

Cristina, Your kind comments are received in the sincerity in which they were presented. It is always delightful and spiritually uplifting to hear from you... I pray that you have been encouraged by this. Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! profile image 3 years ago from upstate, NY

This Hub is chock full of Godly wisdom!

"Depression is actually unresolved anger turned inward. A person can actually be depressed for years and not know they are depressed."

I wonder if there are more depressed people than not depressed?

"They also suffer from distorted thinking, which can resort in magnifying situations."

I know this is true. And if you are going through a season of depression, it would behove you to beware of this.

"Depressed people are usually focused inwardly. A deep sense of shame often keeps the depressed person in a state of emotional isolation. Angry with themselves "

Great insights and a reference for depression!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 3 years ago Author, Thank you! Depression is a serious matter! I pray that this information is helpful to many.... Life is precious! I have only touched the surface. There is so much more to learn about Depression it is important to know that one is not alone and there is "HELP!" available! There is HOPE for a better future!

Thank You for stopping by with words of encouragement. Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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drpastorcarlotta 3 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I come from a family of depression, and Bi-polar disorder. I am taking care of one of my sister's. I am just blessed that God has kept me so I could be of service to my family that is in need. My prayers go out to all who struggles with depression. GREAT HUB sis! I have missed you! Voted-Up!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 3 years ago Author

DR PastorCarlotta, You indeed are a Blessing to your family. That is a ministry in itself! It is important that you refuel yourself from time to time because it can be emotionally draining... Doing some of the things that you personally enjoy benefits you and your family and helps you to keep a balance. (You can't give when you are on empty. I TRUST that you understand where am coming from.) I only say this because when you unselfishly give of yourself so much to others it is so easy to overlook your needs...

Just know that the LORD is aware of your unselfishness. I Just stopped by and visited your hub again on "Praying without ceasing.." Its MARVELOUS! Thank you for stopping to share it is always good to hear from you! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, and yes much, Peace & Blessings!

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