4 Myths And 4 Tips For Depression

4 Myths And 4 Tips for Depression

Ever wake up wishing that the day would turn right back into night so you can go back to sleep? Or have you been feeling so down for so long that you don’t know how much longer you can take?

If so, you aren’t alone. Life can get so hectic and shaky at times that we all go through periods of depression, some more than others. Maybe you’re struggling with depression due to your current situation or maybe you just wake up depressed with no answers for why you feel the way you feel.

Before I go into some ways to help with depression I want to explain some common myths that people believe.

4 Myths About Depression

1. Depression is a choice.

I used to believe this and I know many others who also thought this but its simply not true. Depression is not a choice. I know many people who suffer from depression and in no way did they make the choice to be depressed.

Its important to recognize this fact because when we make depression a choice, we are further isolating the sufferer by saying, “Its your problem and you are the only one who can change it.”

2. Depression Effects Both Genders Equally.

More and more research is showing a number of gender differences for depression. The prevalence rate of depression is nearly double in woman than in men. Furthermore, it appears that women have been socialized to express dysphoria when faced with stress while men have been socialized to express anger, alcohol abuse, and other acting out behaviors.

3. Faith Alone Should Be Preached To Christians With Depression.

I’m not advocating here that faith in God can’t heal someone from depression because we know that all things are possible through Christ. However, I think its dangerous to preach that faith alone is the sole solution to treat depression. There are a number of treatments for depression including group support and various Anti-depressant medications.

Instead, as Christians we should advocate a multi-faceted approach that involves spiritual healing in collaboration with modern medicine and support from others.

4. Depression Is Just An Extreme Case Of Grief Or Sadness.

If this were the case, depression would begin to improve with time. However, people with depression often become more depressed over time without any treatment.

Now that we’ve debunked some of the common myths surrounding depression, here are some practical things you can do in your own life to help you with depression.

4 Tips to help you with Depression

1. Praise and Spend Time With God.

This may seem like the hardest thing to do when you feel blue, but one thing is for certain: God cannot receive anything without giving something back in return. This is the God we serve. If you are praising Him in your storm, He will bless you and reward you for it.

2. Quote Scripture and Quote It Frequently.

The Word brings healing! Proverbs 4:20-22 says ” My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body”. Claim scriptures as true for your own life. Scripture heals a variety if not all ailments! The things in the Bible are for you!

3. Block Out Discouraging Thoughts.

It seems that when depression shows up at our door, suddenly it brings with it, a suitcase full of our pasts, regrets, and an even larger array of negative thoughts. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. Line your thoughts up with scripture and take every thought captive. If your thought isn’t pure or lovely, block them and re-focus your thoughts to the things of God.

4. Get The Help You Need.

Depression is just as much as a physical manifestation as it is a spiritual since they are tied together. If you are making poor choices in your life (ex: Diet, poor stress management, lack of exercise), these can all contribute to depression.

Its important if you are suffering from depression to utilize all of the resources you can. That includes, seeking medical professionals, praying and seeking God each day, and finding a good support group where you can be open and honest about how you feel.

Can you relate to any of these common myths?

Blessings,

Peter

Comments

9 Comments

  • New John says:

    God bless you so much, you gave me hope.AMEN!

  • Anonymous says:

    ”Yes Jesus is my strength @ hope is in the lord, we rest secure in his sure word,and though we’re tempted to despair we know we’re kept within his care.

  • Janey honeychurch says:

    Thank you for those wise and wonderful words.You are helping many people get through their saddest days !

    • HealingfromGod HealingfromGod says:

      Glad you liked it Janey, God really has been doing great things with Auston and I know she would be so happy to hear her article helped you. Praying for God’s love and guidance upon your life!

  • Tammy says:

    I really like and appreciate this article. I have been ” clinically depressed” for MANY years. The myths truly are just that. When you are truly depressed, the best thing ever in your life can happen but you are unable to feel true joy. I was on medication for a time but then was convinced it was all in my head and I just needed to allow myself the happiness God would provide if I only let him. I went off my meds and fought the depression. When I sunk back in to it, I felt like a failure as a Christian as well as everything else. I know, and, for most of my life have known, that God loves all of us. I accept Jesus as my saviour. When I was again in the depths of my depression I felt that God loved me and Jesus died for me but I rejected salvation because I did not deserve it. I wasn’t a good enough Christian. Happily, I am now back on medication (and have basically accept that I will be for life). I hurt when I look back at all God tried to do for me that I rejected. As well as knowing I need my meds, I also KNOW that I NEED my Lord and Saviour! Either one without the other would not allow me this unbelievable, wonderful life I know live! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word so, hopefully, other Christians will not have to go through all I did!

    • HealingfromGod HealingfromGod says:

      Well first off, thank you so much for sharing some of your experiences with depression Tammy. It sounds to me that both God and treatment were important in helping you with your depression. I think thats why its so important today that churches bring up depression more in sermons because depression really is a silent issue.

      Perhaps, by bringing it into the light, we can create more resources for Christians who experience depression as well as allowing more and more Christians to come forward in order to share their own experiences about depression.

      Once again, thank you for your comments and will be saying a special prayer for you today. Blessings!

      Peter

  • Silvia says:

    Woww! Praise the Lord! Finally someone explains it plainly and clearly!!! It is a biological thing!!!
    Txs! It helped me a looot!

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