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Neglecting Dreams & Hobbies Because Of Depression

Updated on January 26, 2012

Depression is a topic I am very familiar with because my being a people person. Anytime you are around allot of people you are going to find someone that is suffering depression. I can detect many times (even through a smile) a heart that is hurting; in one way or another depression usually makes itself visible.

I've had several confide in me who are suffering depression because I cared and had an ear to listen.

When I had my first child I faced a very difficult bout with postpartum depression. Of course throughout the phases of my life I've had to address it before it begin to control me again.

Now I am happy and seeing God fulfill my dreams and beyond:)

The reason for this article is to put a spotlight on a familiar symptom of depression.

Maybe you are an artist and at one time you couldn't hardly lay down the brush because of your passion and continual flow of inspiration. Now you can't seem to explain it; your desire is still there, but now it's turned to a longing pain in your heart. Now it seems to pick up a brush is like holding a heavy boulder and dipping it into mud thick paint.

Unless you've been there or currently are experiencing this you will find this humorous or annoying. Some may be saying right now, "Just get over it!!" People that are uninformed about depression can be very offensive and cruel especially when one becomes unproductive. However the sufferer often feels those same feelings about ones self, yet helplessly can't seem to overcome it.

Depression can paralyze your creativity. Whenever one becomes paralyzed in the physical body they often still have everything visibly intact but just an inability to function and use it properly. The same when you become depressed you still have the talents, likes, dislikes and dreams but no physical or mental motivation. So you have this parade going through your mind of all you would like to be doing, but depression suppresses your will-power and darkens your mood. Suddenly you feel yourself surrounded by your intentive thoughts that produce NOTHING; leaving you walking deeper in depression.

Sounding familiar???

"RECOGNIZE IT AND FACE IT HEAD ON!!!" You may have always loved creating things, but now your tools are dusty, your supplies are stored away in bins, and you evade anything that relates to what used to inspire you. My advice to you is "face it head on." You won't feel like it, you may feel boredom, anger, loss of interest, physical symptoms of sickness, but "don't run!!!!"

"Drag yourself to those dusty shelves that hold your one-held passion and begin again. You will at first find it stale or overwhelming. You may even begin to release various emotions. " Don't be alarmed, that is a good sign!!"

You may have a business or ministry dream. "Yield to the Dream-Giver, pursue your ambitions no-matter how far-out or impossible they may seem. Don't listen to negative people, but draw a imaginable circle around your dream and never walk out until you've fulfilled that calling."

"Quit the replacements that are used to fill the void in your heart!"

" Give yourself some time. Don't give up!!!! Treat it like a journey to wealth; because more than materially the happiness you will find at the end will make you feel rich and confident."

Though prayer is a vital component, the faith act of stepping out will speed your progress. Like the GOOD BOOK says, " Faith without works is dead." You can't have one without the other.

The next thing you will know is that you started having an amazing boost of energy. Your mind begins to pour with inspiration. You start to smile, laugh and get involved in life again. You notice the little things like the birds singing, and you start feeling thankful you are alive and begin aspiring great things for yourself.

Yes, depression is a REAL thing!!!! Losing your passions and interest "IS" a common early symptom. So I challenge you with all the love in my heart and from personal experience, " Face it and push HARD!" "Don't let those things that are special to you slip away." It will be a sad day if you let life pass you by with the gripping reminder of what you could have been. You are special to God and to all who you impact so do the world a favor and pick up that special gift within you and make a difference in someones life.

Recognizing this will help you fight for your health; because depression is dangerous to the body and mind.

It's not hopeless!!! You've got it in you!

"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." 2 Timothy 1:6

" Hold Me While I Cry" Karen Peck


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      steve of ian fame 6 years ago from Essex

      A life long subject for many.

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      Candace Green 6 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks so much for the great comments. This topic so many can relate:)

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you so much for writing this! I know how depression can keep a person in its grip. Sometimes we just have to push as hard as we can to keep going--to just take that first step. Thanks for inspiring me, for reminding me of this. I appreciate your passion AND your compassion and will follow you, as I want to read more of your hubs. I voted your article as useful and beautiful!

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      fashion 6 years ago

      Great hub.Advices are very useful.I think hobbies and dreams are often at the forefront of the mind but pushed to the back as hopeless endeavors.Thanks for useful tips.

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      Candace Green 6 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks Reynold so much:) I will check our your link.

      Thanks SuperheroSales, that is a very great idea you added because some people find their purpose trying new things and getting out of old ruts.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Great advice and it is nothing to fool with. Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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      Candace Green 6 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks so much for the kind comments. Stay encouraged:)

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      Shellishane 6 years ago

      Thank u! That was good advice. I have suffered from bouts of depression at different times and as you said, if you've never had it, you really can't understand what it feels like. It's something that I hope to never have again.

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      Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

      Good advice. Hobbies and dreams are often at the forefront of the mind but pushed to the back as hopeless endeavors. Yet they are likely to be the very thing to pull you out. It's very hard to push against the heaviness, very hard, but if it can be done, it may be the very thing to overcome the black dog completely.