In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, I felt the need to write a post targeted toward people who deal with depression and anxiety. I remember my days of depression like they were yesterday. That cold, dark and lonely feeling that I could never seem to shake. And while I witnessed many others find help through prayer, counsel and medication, I couldn’t seem to find that same relief for myself. This battle was not just mental, but spiritual.
I believe clinical depression is an epidemic that is taking the world by storm. While many individuals might overlook this disorder as something minor, the many deaths and suicide attempts that derive from it prove otherwise.
Facts About Depression:
1. 18.8 million Americans are affected by depressive disorders.
2. Depression is a mental and spiritual battle that affects one in 10 Americans.
3. Number of patients diagnosed with depression increases each year by 20 percent.
4. 121 million people around the world currently suffer from depression.
Those statistics are staggering. I can’t help but think about the millions of people who currently feel alone, hopeless and as if their life has no meaning. I’ve battled with depression for many years, been on and off different medications, and even sought counsel from pastors who specialize in this field.
Ten Ways to Deal With Depression
1. Pray. Find solace in the promises of God (Matthew 11:28).
2. Force yourself to spend time with positive friends and family members. Create a support system.
3. Focus on the positives, your accomplishments and your goals.
4. Try and stay clear of spending too much time alone. Boredom is depression’s playground …
5. Be open, honest and let your loved ones know if you are struggling.
6. Seek professional help. No one is “too cool” to ask for help when in need.
7. Adopt a dog or cat that can be utilized as an emotional support animal.
8. Journal your thoughts and feelings on paper. Take note of your ups and downs.
9. Get outside! Don’t spend all your days cooped up in your room or house.
10. Find a hobby. Engage in an activity that you can spend time enjoying.
I’m not a licensed professional, but mentioned above are the few things that helped me through some of the darkest times of my life. Although I have been depression free for the last five years, I still make sure to keep myself aware of its harm and potential to come back and haunt me.
I hope this post encourages you to realize you’re not alone. You have identity and worth in Jesus, and your life truly does have purpose.
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