Depression: Part 2
What causes depression? One cause is our genetics. If someone in your family struggled with depression you can inherit those genes.
A second cause is emotional pain. If someone goes through a divorce, they are hurting inside and may begin to deal with depression. A person could lose a job and struggle with depression. Or, maybe the death of a family member or close friend. Or, maybe unfulfilled dreams. Maybe a person had a dream for their life but, they are in their fifties or so and they begin to realize life is not working out the way they had thought it would. That can lead to depression.
If you struggle with depression, you are most definitely not alone. It might surprise you at the number of people who struggle with it. There are entertainers, athletes, very intelligent people who struggle with it. It crosses racial lines, and is not respecter of socio-economic status.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers in the history of Christianity, struggled with depression.
Abraham Lincoln struggled with depression.
Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest Prime Minister in the history of Great Britain, the man who was famous for saying, “Never give up, never, never, never, never give up,” called depression a “black dog” that followed him all of his life.
So, if you are struggling with depression, how do you come out of it? You may be worn out and need some rest. At times, a Physician may prescribe medication to help people deal with depression.
But one of the best things we can do, is help someone. Years ago, someone went to see a therapist about their depression. After talking for a while, the therapist said, “Ok, this is what I want you do. Go out the door and go find someone and help them..” One way to deal with depression is to get our minds off our problems and help someone.
Martin Luther, the great reformer, often battled depression. During one particular time when he was passing through the deep depths of depression, his wife dressed in black and entered his study.
He said, “Why are you dressed in black?” She said, “I’m mourning.” He said, “Why are you mourning?” She said, “Because God is dead.”
Martin Luther said, “Woman, that’s nonsense. God is alive.” She looked at Martin Luther and said, “If you believe that, then act like it and live like it.