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?