Christian Treatment advice dealing with being depressed
doesn't live by bread alone but from every word from the mouth
suffered from depression for ten years. And even though things
seemed almost hopeless at times, now it's over, I wouldn't trade
what I learnt from having it. Not to say manic depression is good
- it's not - but God used it to the good. 'Almost hopeless'
is important as God promises in the Bible never to leaves us utterly
hopless in our trials, no matter what the situation - something
I have found to be true. So what is the best treatment for depression?
quick fix . . .
are 2 ways to deal with depression - you can buy your way out
of it, filling your life with a constant stream of activties and
pleasures which relieve the pain but never realy get to the root
of the problem. Or you can accept that you have weaknesses, take
hold of God's promise that he can overcome anything, and slowly
begin to work through them with him, facing and overcoming each,
one at a time. There is no quick fix with depression but it can
One of the first things I had to learn before
I was able to overcome depression was that life isn't easy
and sometimes it can be especially so for Christians. It was
however years before I took this to heart and so I had no relief
- always expecting things to change for the better - not realising
it was me that was going to have to change if I was going to survive
in a tough world. Everyone
else always looked so sorted. We're often
told that God meets every need and this taken at face value leaves
us disapointed and bewildered when we face trials. We are left
wanting and feeling neglected. Often I wanted
to die, seeing no hope - just a life of rules and regulations
that I couldn't stick to and that were taking what little joy
I had away. But in my concience I saw something
spineless about throwing in the towel, and knew there must be
more to suffering than met the eye. It was then I asked the question,
if I were God, how would I make real men and women out of the
fallible often frail people humans are. Therein lay the challenge.
God had set before me a chance to become
a fighter. Not just that, an honest fighter with a solid foundation
that wouldn't be washed away when things got rough. I
realised that people wern't quite as 'sorted' as they appeared.
Real men and women survive in a world constantly
bombarded by temptations too numerous to mention, and are still
standing at the end, with more faith and more patients than could
ever be attained by having an easy ride. What could be more desirable
than to be such a strong person!! But I
had to be prepared to fight and not roll over and die - easier
said than done. It meant facing myself and challenges head-on,
bit at a time as I could handle it. I sought councelling (everyone
needs different help). And there were many steps forward and many
steps back. My battle with depression would last nearly 10 years.
But I overcame it with God's help and the great news is, anyone
can overcome depression! But
my starting point was accepting that life isn't easy. It sounds
obvious but many people never face this reality and hop from one
thing to another never facing the deeper issues from which real
maturity can begin to grow. Come to terms with this, and you're
ready for anything. You can get on with the business of going
higher and father than you ever imagined!
the person as a whole - overall well-being
general well being of a person depends on a balance of heart mind
and body. When one part of the being is not working well, it will
eventually have an effect on another part. For instance it is
known that continual mental stress can negatively effect cholesterol
levels. Even not eating properly can effect the way you feel.
But the most important part of your person is your heart (not
your physical one!).
who gets it?
can suffer from it but but some people more predisposed to depression
than others since basic personality type is determined partly
by genetic make up. However it is also obviously linked to personal
circumstances, health, finances etc and of course a persons beliefs
are going to have an effect.
do some get depression and others not?
can take on many forms and there are lots of terms used to describe
its type and severity which can make things confusing! Looking
at the different personality types, you could predict that people
would react differently to different situations. We all know people
that respond well to problems like a rubber band, springing back
and overcoming them. Often resulting in the person being better
off than they were at the start. Others dont respond well to life's
problems. They may analyse the problem, see no way out and get
themselves in a downward spiral.
will react differently to the same situation.
Person A has lost his job. He dwells on
his past experience and focuses on the long struggle ahead. Not
only does this make him depressed and affect his performance in
an interviews, it takes away the little motivation he had to start
- the result is negative.
Person B on the other hand becomes angry at loosing his
job and rather than take out his frustration on his boss who has
long since forgotten him, he channels it into finding a new job.
Within 3 weeks he has succeeded in getting a better job than he
had before. For him the result of being sacked has ended putting
him in a better place than before!
person needs to have confidence in God, themselves and their abilities
- whatever the circumstances - not easy! (see self-esteem)
in the right people!
If you reall feel down it's often tempting to confide
in someone of the opposite sex. Sometimes the very people who
we wish to attract. Not only are you displaying your lack of stability
but in danger of becoming attached to the wrong person at a vulnerable
other things to avoid
This magazine claims to answer all your problems. In fact, its
claims are empty. The only people left really smiling are the
magazine companies. There have been recent studies that claim
a link between depression, rising male suicide rates (brought
on by rising insecurities) and the massive increase in soft porn
magazines. Even magazines like GQ don't contain much useful. Young
men especially, - do not read this stuff. It is not designed to
seduce the stable but the unstable - people who arn't aware of
soft porn's addictiveness. It will leave you feeling insecure.
Exactly what we don't want as christians! Insecure is not attractive.
what the Bible says
The Bible says many times to guard your heart and
to be careful of what you allow to enter it. It needs to be looked
after and norished with good spiritual food and company. This
food is the Word of God!! Feed your spirit bad spiritual food
or keep bad company and it will soon affect the way you're thinking.
The way your thinking will affect the way your feeling and might
lead to depression or actions that you may regret. So as the bible
says, keep every thought captive and don't allow bad thoughts
to take root. Easier
said than done!
can be relieved by patiently meditating on God's Word and expecting
Him to act,
Psalm 42:6, TLB.
"Yet I am standing here depressed and gloomy, but I will meditate
upon Your kindness to this lovely land where the Jordan River
flows and where Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar stand."
is a key to healing depression
Samuel 1:10, NIV.
"In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord."
It is useful to count your blessings, Psalm 107:8-9, TLB. "Oh,
that these men would praise the Lord for His loving kindness,
and for all of His wonderful deeds! For He satisfies the thirsty
soul and fills the hungry soul with good."
conquers depression, Psalm
"I will praise the Lord no matter what happens, I will constantly
speak of His glories and grace. I will boast of all His kindness
Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord
together, and exalt His name."
music can help dispel depression, Psalm 33:1-3,
"Let all the joys of the godly well up in praise to the Lord,
for it is right to praise Him. Play joyous melodies of praise
upon the lyre and on the harp. Compose new songs of praise to
Him, accompanied skillfully on the harp; sing joyfully."
and discouragement don't last forever, Psalm
"Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy."
God's law can help bring peace to one who is depressed, Psalms
"Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make
you feel suicidal?
are not alone in thinking about wanting to die. Several men
in the Bible felt the same way, Numbers 11:14-15,
RSV. Moses said, "I am not able to carry all this people
alone, the burden is too heavy for me. If thou wilt deal thus
with me, kill me at once, if I find favor in thy sight, that I
may not see my wretchedness."
An event in the story of Elijah... Kings
"Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, but he himself
went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down
under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is
enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than
However dark the future may appear, God will never
abandon you, II Corinthians
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and
broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen
as they do, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down,
but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up
again and keep going."
You are of great value to God, Luke 12:6-7,
"What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet
God does not forget a single one of them. He knows the number
of hairs on your head! Never fear, you are far more valuable to
Him than a whole flock of sparrows."
God cares about you and is thinking of you constantly,
Psalm 139:17-18, TLB. "How precious it is,
Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I
can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards
me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of
You are promised a marvelous future, Jeremiah
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are
plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Cast your burden on the Lord, He shall sustain you;" Matthew
11:28-30, KJV says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you,
and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your soul. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is
with fear? God will help you,
Isaiah 41:10, NKJV "Fear not, for I am with
you; be not dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you,
I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
Joshua 1:9, TLB says, "Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and
doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you
will never forsake you even if everyone else has,
Psalm 9:10, NIV. "Those who
know your name will trust in You, for you, Lord, have never forsaken
those who seek You.." Psalms 46:1-3, TLB says, "God is our refuge
and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need
not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble
into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam; let the mountains
offers you peace of heart and mind,
John 14:27, NKJV "Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Isaiah
26:3, NKJV says, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind
is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." John 16:33 says,
"I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart
and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows;
but cheer up, for I have overcome the world."
God's help, keep your heart and mind focused on positive thoughts,
Philippians 4:8, "And now, brothers
[and sisters], as I close this letter let me say one more thing:
Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about
things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things
in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad
about." If you are feeling totally alone, remember at this very
moment, you are of great value to God, and you have friends who
are willing to listen and want to help.
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