Tips For Getting Help for Depression Without Judgment

Depression is one of the toughest areas of mental health and wellness to navigate. The combination of physical and emotional symptoms. The feeling that it’s “all in your head” or that you’re just overreacting because you’re “too emotional”. If you’ve fought these battles or have a loved one with depression, every day feels like a struggle.

But don’t despair. Everyone at TheHopeLine is in your corner – and you can start getting help today.

Dispelling the Stigma of Depression

The first thing to understand as you unpack experiences with depression is that you have nothing to be ashamed of. You aren’t damaged, broken, or unworthy. Rather than thinking of depression as a set of problems or shortcomings, it helps to see it for what it is: an illness.

If you had the flu, you wouldn’t be expected to “just get over it” or think about happy things to make it go away. You’d go to the doctor, take medication, and likely get a flu shot the following year in an effort to prevent worse or returning symptoms.

In a similar way, your depression symptoms should not be ignored. They can even be managed and treated in such a way that future depressive periods will hopefully be less severe.

Your Experience of Depression is Unique

You’ve probably heard a lot of statistics about how common depression is. As many as 87% of young adults in one study had major depressive symptoms (lasting at least two weeks in a row). The number of young adults dealing with depression has seen a sharp increase in the last few years.

While knowing this could be helpful if you’ve ever felt that no one understands what you’re feeling, it’s important to note that your experience of depression is unique and that it could be happening for a number of reasons:

  • Brain Chemistry/Chemical Imbalance
  • Increased Job Pressure/Firing/Layoffs
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Relationship Difficulties (Breakups, Toxic Relationships)

Considering what may have triggered your depression is often helpful in addressing and treating your symptoms. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem connected to any circumstances. After all, there are still many treatment options that could help you feel more whole and grounded (talking to a mental health professional, trying medication, etc.).

Facing Depression: The Healing Journey

Overcoming depression isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s a process that happens one day at a time. That journey begins with believing some important truths:

  • Improved mental health takes significant, ongoing work.
  • You are worth the effort it takes to find healing.
  • There are many other people who believe you’re worthy of help and support, no matter how depressed you feel. You don’t have to go it alone.

TheHopeLine staff, mentors, and prayer warriors are here to help you get clarity and hope for understanding and managing depression. We’ll help you make a practical plan for deeper healing, greater strength, and a brighter outlook for your life and relationships. And we can start now.

You can find answers to these kinds of questions and many more through blogs, eBooks, stories, podcasts and more

  • Am I depressed?
  • What does depression feel like?
  • How can I get help for my depression?
  • How do others cope with depression?
  • How can I help my friend who is depressed?

FAQ on Depression:

How do I avoid getting depressed?

If you’ve been through a difficult time, it is normal to feel sad. After all, you may not be able to avoid every instance of depression, even when you have healthy coping strategies. But you may be able to avoid triggering the worsening of depressive symptoms by (1.) taking any meds prescribed as directed, (2.) staying physically active, (3.) having a plan to avoid substance abuse or addictive behavior, and (4.) understanding what events, people, or places set off intense depressive symptoms in the past and avoiding them in the future. Check out this checklist that includes more tips for overcoming.

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Most Recent Blogs on Depression

The Key Identifiers of Situational Depression

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Do You Have Situational Depression?   Sometimes, struggles with mental health are not specific to things we are going through. We might feel a sense of depression even when our lives are full of good things. Or we might feel anxious, even when things are relatively peaceful. But other times, we go through..Read more

Mental Health: 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood

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  If you’ve been going through a difficult time, I know how overwhelming it can feel. Mental health challenges can make every day feel unpredictable. You can experience a lot of ups and downs in a short amount of time. Sometimes, it’s necessary to include our mental healthcare as part of your..Read more

Why I Live: Depression, Suicide and the Bible

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A Deal With God “God” I prayed one afternoon when I was fifteen, “I’m going inside to kill myself. If you love me, stop me.” How did I get to that point? I’m not sure, but there were many enemies that accompanied me along the way- loneliness, depression, fear. Depression, especially,..Read more

Spiritual Encouragement: Bible Verses to Help During the Stages of Grief

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  I’m sorry you’re going through grief. It can be a painful, confusing, and frustrating time. When I’m in a season of grieving for a loved one, I struggle to remember God’s love in the face of the difficult emotions I’m feeling. I need spiritual encouragement during grief when nothing else..Read more

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I Kept My Depression From My Family

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Being Honest About My Depression Just Got Me Lectures I’ve been struggling with depression for 3 and a half years. I kept my depression from my family because being honest with my mom about what I’m dealing with has only ever led to lectures. I don’t feel like they care..Read more

Dealing with Depression: TheHopeLine Saved My Life

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My Life Was Hard Dealing with Depression I have been dealing with depression for eleven years. My sister passed away and my life changed completely. Then my Aunt passed away from suicide. Then on my Aunt’s birthday, my grandmother died, of old age. I was abused by my father. My..Read more

My Relationship, Depression and Then Hope

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My Struggle With Depression And Then Hope On May 5th, 2014, I got into a relationship with a United States Airman. I had known him for over 6 years as a friend and we had dated a couple of times before that. The month before we got together, I was..Read more

Eating Disorder: I Stopped Eating to Become “Good Enough”

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I had to think long and hard about if I should share my story. Then I came to the conclusion that it would be worth it if it lets someone else know they aren’t alone, and it could be therapeutic for me. So here is my story and what led..Read more

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Free eBook: Understanding a Relationship with God

A guide to understanding the basics of Christianity and a meaningful relationship with God.  Do You Feel Like Life is Meaningless? Are you wondering what your purpose is? Do you have questions about what Christians believe or what it means to be a Christian? At TheHopeLine we believe real and lasting HOPE can only come […]

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