Depression is the inability to construct a future. Rollo May
When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. Dr Seuss
You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it. Albert Ellis
Depression is a condition that robs us of our energy and vitality. It prevents us from being as productive as we can be and can be a very serious mental condition that is totally debilitating. It can be a complex condition that can be caused by events or can be caused by chemical imbalances or both. It can be so serious that it causes some people to become so hopeless and despondent that they commit suicide. Many are trying to cope with being under its powerful influence. They are trying to live their life as best they can. Often they need help from others.
This condition is not to be taken lightly. It should not go untreated. In its more severe form, medical and or psychological help is needed. This may involve both counseling and well as anti-depressant medications. In a less severe form, the sufferer needs to take the condition seriously and not allow it to get the best of them. They must avoid being alone, staying home, not eating, staying in bed and other such things. They must get themselves going and strive to be proactive and active. They need to be involved with others and must not give in to the heavy feelings of hopelessness and despair.
It is easy to get depressed when bad things happen. It is even easier to become more depressed when bad things continue to happen. Sometimes it is like an avalanche of things that keep building upon each other. Sometimes we may want to cry; “Why Me?” It is as if the world is imploding upon us. The nature of life is that we will have adversity in our lives. Bad things will happen. It is to be expected, because it will happen. When something bad happens, we must keep in mind that life does goes on. We must be determined to not let things get the best of us. This means we need to be able to see ourselves as an outside observer in addition to being the victim.
If we can separate ourselves from our troubles; we can see the temporary nature of bad things. Storms do end and blue skies do return. We always need to pick ourselves up and go forward. There is the need to persevere and take one step at a time to get through our difficulties. Many good and desirable days do await us.
Challenge: If depression is a problem in your life, make the effort to take it by the horns and proactively deal with it. If it is something you cannot overcome on your own, seek help. Be very honest with yourself and do not ignore its effects upon you. If in doubt, ask friends and loved ones to advise you. Getting depressed happens to everyone. When it happens to you, deal with it, get through it, and start moving forward. Do not let it get the best of you.
Wisdom: Depression is a prison where you are the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailor. Dorothy Rowe
I can do all things through him, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
Sometimes the pressures of daily life seem to be more than we can bear. It can be easy to get depressed and lose hope. It can be a slippery slope that leads to more bad things as we start to think about nothing but the bad things around us and happening to us. There is always hope. This is always reason to have hope and confidence that God delivers us from such feelings. He is always there, willing and waiting to help. We must ask for his help.
Prayer: Help me to see both the forest and the trees. Help me to always see through life’s problems to see You.