DEPRESSION. MENTAL ILLNESS. It’s getting a lot of attention nowadays but only after the suffering individual has acted on a lingering thoughts to hurt him/herself or hurt others. Most medical insurance has little to nothing to offer an individual suffering from depression as well. I empathize. I’ve been there.
We may walk past 10 or more individuals in one day and not know the troubles of their hearts. It’s the norm in our society. “You got your problems and I’ve got mine.” We dare not open our mouth and intervene when we see injustice because we don’t want that dominating individual lashing out on us so we keep it moving. With the public violence desensitizing our conscience it’s often difficult to think, “I can make an impact, my efforts will actually make a difference.”
Depression can be attributed to many life circumstances be it physical, emotional, verbal abuse, the lose of a loved one, sickness, delayed/aborted expectations, unaccomplished goals, body image distortion, hormonal, etc. What we watch and listen to can also From there an individual may fall in one or more categories of depression:
- Major Depression.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder.
- Bipolar Disorder.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression.
- Postpartum Depression (After giving birth)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- ‘Situational’ Depression.
Spiritually speaking our thought life is the first access that the enemy will try to breach
Proverb 13:12 ~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Isn’t that exactly how one feels when depressed? You may have experienced different lengths of a depression.
Tears were always at the edge of my eyes, thoughts of hopelessness every second of the day. No appetite, no strength, feelings of anxiety became my norm. And being a well-seseasoned born again, holy spirit filled believer in Jesus Christ, no less! No matter the circumstance that brought on the depressed state: lost of loved one, broken relationship, rejection, abusive relationships of parent/child or spouses, etc these issues must be addressed. Speak to those around you, give a short word of encouragement no matter the person’s demeanor, share the HOPE only found in Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not easy to spot a depressed person. They usually have the brightest smile, loudest laugh, most accomplished individual, yet they are dying slowly inside. They struggle with thoughts of suicide. My depressive state only lasted for 3 months, relatively short compared to some that suffer for years! Thoughts of suicide came twice, and I’ll tell you what, those where the only times I felt a little bit of hope! If I end my life, I won’t have these hopeless thoughts anymore, I won’t have to feel sad and lonely anymore, I’ll be at peace, finally. What a load of lies from the pit of Hell!
The Lord gave me a way out that I almost avoid altogether but come to find out, it was the most therapeutic opportunity I had since the depression settled in. I had someone who was very much willing to listen to my plight.