By Nancy Virden (c)2022
(NOTE: The medical aspects of a depressive disorder are to be approached by professional mental health caretakers. Most often, the combination that leads people to healthier lives is a medical and psychological combination – both medication and talk therapy.)
It seems to grab you by the neck and twirl you until everything but emotional pain slips into the distance. Circumstances, seen through the dizzying eyes of this unwanted depression, appear hopeless. Often you feel as if depression is no choice; it owns you. Sometimes you despair.
Depression is a liar. It takes a little bit of truth and aligns it with negative perceptions until you are under its power, or so you think. You do have effective options! One is to act the opposite of how you feel.
Act opposite by facing your emotions
Denying or refusing to acknowledge emotions is like leaving dynamite near a flame hoping it will not explode. Most likely it eventually will, and unexpressed emotions will show up in ways you may not like. Sit with the question, what am I feeling? Ask God to reveal to you what you cannot yet understand. Absolute honesty is the key to freedom.
What answers do you find?
Act opposite by accepting a different perspective
Let’s say your depression circles around a sense of purposelessness. Ask a trusted friend what they see in you that is worthy.
Does your depressed mood feed off a great fear of loss? Run your concerns past an understanding soul and listen to their response.
Who can you ask?
Act opposite by reaching out
Depression usually will make you want to isolate yourself. Ironically, just as you feel alone and lonely, a sense of self-reliance will kick in causing you to hide from those who could help. See a professional, talk to a friend, join a support group, or be open with other safe people.
Who will you talk to?
Act opposite by allowing support
Oh, it can be very difficult to ask for or to receive help. Still, bravely ask for and graciously accept offers of help. Turning it away keeps you stuck. Sometimes help looks like service (vacuuming your rug; driving you to the doctor). Sometimes it looks like listening. Perhaps for you “help” is simply having someone near. In whatever way a person wants to help, consider accepting it.
What help would lessen the emotional toll of what you are experiencing?
Today’s Helpful Word
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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