- Mental Health
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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