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.