Dealing With Depression

Have you ever struggled with depression? If so, you are not alone. Lots of people do. Depression has been referred to as “the common cold of mental illness.” In other words, lots of people experience depression. I confess that I have an ongoing battle with it.
The Psalmist experienced depression. Psalms 143:4 says, “Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.”
The Psalmist said, “for my depressions deepens.” I’ve been there and possibly you have as well. But how do you deal with depression?
First, you may need to see a competent Christian counselor. There are some very good Christian counselors. They can help diagnose you. They can help you determine the root of your depression.
Second, try to keep moving. When a person is depressed, they have a tendency to not want to do anything. They want to sleep. It can be tough for them to get out of bed or get up from the chair and do something. But, one of the best things to do when dealing with depression is to stay active.
Third, eat right. In the Old Testament, Elijah became depressed. Elijah sat down under a juniper tree and fell asleep. An angel awakened him and at his head, there was a bread cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. Elijah rested and ate and he got up and moved forward.
If you have experienced depression, you are most certainly not alone. Elijah experienced it. The Psalmist experienced it. But God can help us with it if we ask Him too.

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