The Top Ten Signs of Depression
Depression is real and it is experienced by the multitudes. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 8% of Americans have some form of depression.
In light of the recent suicide and death of famous funny man, Robin Williams, we cannot sweep this topic under the rug and hope it will go away.
Awareness is the first step to help and healing. If you are experiencing any of the following signs of depression, there is help available to you.
- Lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
- Withdrawal from social interactions/isolation
- Lack of motivation
- Persistent and unexplained sadness/anxiety/crying
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Decreased Energy
- Appetite Changes, Including weight loss and weight gain
- Thoughts of death and suicide
- Restlessness and Irritability
Hope and Healing
In spite of these symptoms, there is hope. If you or someone you know are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is extremely important for you to seek help.
Furthermore, there are crisis hotlines available to talk with someone who is trained to help those in crisis situations.
Resources for Help
- Suicide Prevention Hotline~1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Services of North Alabama-256-716-1000 or 1-800-691-8426
- Groundwire– Chat live with a Spiritual Coach for Prayer, Encouragement, or to answer any questions you might have. You can find their website at www.groundwire.net (Internet Connection Required)
My Experience with Depression
I must be real with you. I had to take antidepressants for a time, but ultimately God was my healing grace.
Periodically throughout my life, I have experienced depression, isolation, and loneliness.
During this time, I wondered where all of my friends went because it seems they disappeared.
It helps to surround yourself with positive people. And when no one is around, God is always there.
He never leaves or forsakes us.
I also had three knee surgeries 2 years ago and the recovery process was difficult at best.
Being under anesthesia three times can make one “feel the blues” more often than desired.
In my experience, there wasn’t a magic pill which made everything swiftly better.
In fact, I had to try several different antidepressants before I realized particular medications were making me feel worse and even more suicidal.
I reveal this to say that medication may not be for everyone, however; for some, the right medication can be a real God-send.
For me, it was Jesus who pulled me out of the dark pit of depression.
He healed me with His gentle salve of comfort, love, and acceptance. Occasionally, there are short periods of sadness, but when I shift my focus back to Jesus, He changes my heart and my perspective.
He holds me during my darkest hours. It is then when I feel His peace and His presence the most. Ultimately, that is the best place a person can be this side of heaven.
The three most powerful tools that have helped me with my depression are prayer, memorizing Scripture, and counseling.
Bathing your mind in the Word of God is an important discipline that can pull you out of your darkest moments because God is right there waiting to heal you and comfort you.
It is also helpful to seek counseling from a trained Counselor. I offer counseling services for depression.
Research and Depression
Research says that the most effective treatment is the correct medication and counseling together for a period of two years, plus a spiritual program.
Most mental health issues and addiction get better in this two year time period, however; some may need more specific interventions and will take longer. (AJP, 1996)
Scriptures to Help in your Time of Need
Below are some Scriptures that have helped me through my bouts of depression and I know they can help you too:
Psalm 34:18~”The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Isaiah 41:10~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Psalm 42:5~”Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalm 4:1~”Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Relieve me from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Psalm 40:1-3~”I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”
Psalm 30:1-5~” I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Isaiah 42:3– A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice.
Feel free to contact me for an appointment if you need to talk and/or leave a comment below about how God is helping you through your depression.
What has helped you in your times of depression? Do you have any helpful solutions for someone who might be suffering from depression?
Bible Verses are from www.biblegateway.com
Center for Disease Control Depression Stats
American Journal of Psychiatry (1996) Treatment outcomes for primary care patients with major depression and lifetime anxiety disorders. Volume 153 Issue 10, October 1996, pp. 1293-1300.
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