Psalm 145:14 - The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
I have experienced seasons of mild depression and some of major depression. Circumstances can play a large role in which depression is active.
On the milder side, some individuals become depressed on a dark and cloudy day. These individuals then feel happy on a sunny day. As for me, and a small number of people, we feel happy on a cloudy day and depressed when it’s sunny and hot. This “milder” side can lead to a stronger depression when the weather is dark for long periods of time.
On the more serious side, I’ve gone through periods of time that I can’t even get out of my chair. Everything I do takes extreme effort. I don’t want to leave my apartment. I don’t feel like eating or I overeat.
In a previous post I wrote, I discussed how our emotions affect our physical being. Depression has the face of exhaustion and pain. And, it can go on for days even months on end. But how do we find a way to overcome our depression?
First, both those who suffer from depression and individuals in their lives, need to realize that depression is real. It’s not something made up in the mind, and one that can’t just be stopped because you want it to.
Second, it takes work. Most people cannot learn to manage their depression alone. Seeing a psychiatrist, counselor, or pastor helps the patient to feel that someone is at least trying to understand them. This opens the door to communication and developing a toolbox filled with coping mechanisms that you can take with you as you live your life.
Third, you’re not the only person going through this. As statistics above stated there are many others suffering from serious depression. Knowing this can helps lift the load of the suffering.
Fourth, sometimes it takes medication to help treat depression. They can help by balancing the blood chemistry in your body. And don’t feel like a failure because you need to take a prescription to accomplish this. I’ve often felt guilty and like as if this is a terrible sin for “giving in” to a depression medication.
This moves us on to the fifth and perhaps the most important factor in managing depression: God is on your side not against you. As the Bible verse above states, God holds up our heads when they are bowed down. He knows your heart and understands where you are coming from.
Have you ever felt judged for battling depression? If so, how did you get past it? To leave a comment just click on the blue "comments" below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.