Dealing With Depression

Have you ever struggled with depression? If you have, don’t feel bad about it. Lots of folks have.
Someone has referred to depression as “the common cold of mental illness.” Depression is something lots of people have experienced.
I suffer from depression from time to time. I know other Ministers who have as well and I’ve talked with lots of people who do. So, if you have dealt with depression or, you are currently dealing with it, don’t be embarrassed. It has happened to lots of people.
The Psalmist struggled with depression as well. Psalm 143:7 says, “Come quickly, and answer me, for my depression deepens.” The text doesn’t indicate what had caused the depression, only that he was struggling with it.
Elijah the prophet also struggled with depression. Elijah had just had a battle on Mt. Carmel with four-hundred-and-fifty prophets of Baal. Jezebel sent word to Elijah that she was going to kill him. Elijah got scared and ran As he sat, he told the Lord, “I alone am left… take my life.”
So, if you struggle with depression, you are definitely not alone. But, how do you deal with it?
First, as one of my Minister friends says, “Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.” When you are down, try to hang on to the fact that things are not as bad as we think they are.
Second, do something for someone. I know; when you are depressed you don’t want to do something. I understand. I’ve been there. But, the best thing you can do is do something… help someone… doing this gets your mind off your problems.
Read God’s word. God’s word is inspired and sharper than any-two edged sword. It speaks to our hearts.
If you are Christian, you need to worship… even if you don’t feel like going.
Depression is real.. The Psalmist said his depression was deepening. When it happens, trust the Lord to help you.

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