Are you suffering from depression?
If you are struggling with depression, I want you to know, I hear your pain…I know it’s real…I know you can’t just snap out of it…or choose to be happy.
I get it…this depression…well it stinks, and it’s not anything you’ve asked for.
So today – I want to share all the ways in which I’ve heard depression described by people who are suffering. If you see yourself in these words, please know that you are not alone.
All satisfaction is gone ~ Void ~ Empty ~ Nothingness ~ Cloudy ~ Darkness hovering ~ Can’t find joy in anything ~ Simple tasks painful ~ No purpose in life ~ Alone ~ No self-esteem ~ Unable to find meaning in life ~ Not able to get out of bed ~ Wondering what’s the point ~ Wear a social mask, until you can’t anymore ~ Shutting everyone out ~ Fear you won’t ever be happy again
- To be totally 100 percent honest, to just get out of bed in the morning would be really nice.
- To make it through an entire day (12 hours!) without wanting to go back to bed and hide from the world would give me ahuge sense of accomplishment as well.
- Start to tell myself I am not a failure or a waste of space in the world.
- Answer my phone when my mom calls to see how I’m doing so she doesn’t worry too much and show up unexpectedly at my house to see if I am still alive.
- Accept that this is my battle and not resist it so much that it makes my suffering worse.
- Choose to love myself.
So why do I share all this? Because I want you to know that a lot of people understand your struggle. And the good news is that those who suffer from depression also describe how it feels to get to the other side. I’ve heard it described as leaving the winter season and moving into spring. So hold on because there is always the other side!
Someone said, “I’m so thankful that I held onto the faith that on the other side of the pain is something good.”
Try to remind yourself of that thought in the dark times.
Also remember depression is treatable! Sadly, many people do not recognize this and the symptoms of depression keep them from seeking treatment. If you do nothing else, please:
- Talk to someone – a doctor, a trusted friend, a parent, a pastor. Share your feelings with someone.
- Seek Treatment – Treatment might include anti-depressants or “talk therapy” or a combination of both.
- Ask for prayer – Sometimes you may not even know how to pray for yourself anymore, so then let others cover you in prayer. It is easy to ask for prayer on ThePrayerZone.
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As you seek treatment, here are some other things you should consider:
- Try to be active and exercise. Go to a movie, a ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed.
- Set realistic goals for yourself (maybe like the ones Courtney set above.)
- Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly “snap out of” your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
- Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
- Continue to educate yourself about depression.
(Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
So we get it…we know it’s hard…and we want to be your listening ear if you need one. Please don’t hesitate to chat with TheHopeLine.
I also pray that you will continue to trust God and seek him even in the darkness because I promise you He is with you. God promises this in the Bible, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2 And, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
For more verses of Hope: Verses for Hope When Struggling with Depression.
Did anything I suggested in this post help you or any other thoughts on dealing with depression? Let me know in the comments.