Dealing with Depression

I'm not a medical doctor, but want to give you insight on a few things related to depression as I've learned in my studies over the years.

  • Depression is very pervasive, and still has a stigma attached to it so that many are embarrassed to talk about it.
  • Depression is often due a person's brain chemistry being mal-adjusted, not because they are weak or defective. 
  • Depression can be triggered or made to grow stronger, however, with improper thinking.
  • Depression may be illness-related, for instance, some say hypothyroidism can be linked to depression.
  • For some, depression is seasonal, as with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • Depression can sometimes greatly decrease with cognitive therapy.
  • Some depressed people find the activity of fighting their thinking process too difficult a struggle.
  • Some depressions can be treated with medications.
  • Depression for some is a life-long condition they will need to learn how to manage.
  • Depression can be triggered by hormonal changes.  It can be episodic.  
  • Choosing the right therapy for depression it isn't always simple though now there are a variety of good products to choose from.
  • Some find vitamins, minerals, exercise and sunlight help their mood.

If you suffer from depression either occasionally or regularly, speak to a medical professional for the best course of action.  Adding a counselor to the process is suggested.  If you don't want to use one in person, there are some that counsel by telephone or email.  Check with your employee assistance program for coverage and referrals.

Even if you are on medication, there may be other factors that affect it's effectiveness   For instance, hormone changes can still affect mood.  Pain and headaches can over-ride the benefits of medication.  Pain can cause depression.  Those with SAD may benefit from an increase in their medication in the winter season.

There are health consultants that will steer people away from medication, make a person feel guilty for using it, make a person feel weak if they use it, make medication it seem "bad".  Many people needlessly suffer while trying to rely on exercise, diet and supplements when they really need something more.

I believe God gives scientists wisdom and education as a way of helping others cope.  To deny their expertise is to deny God's creativity in and through his children.

If you're depressed, ask God for wisdom, to lead you to the right doctor or counselor, and to lead you to the right protocol.

Actually, the term "medication" may be misleading.  Many of the new anti-depressants have few side effects.  They certainly don't make a person who uses them less human, less gifted, or less lovable.

If you take supplements already, and you've been prescribed depression medication by a physician who has thoroughly checked you out, think of your medication as a supplement that your particular body chemistry needs.  Praise the Lord for science and being able to test out a product to help you be who all God called you to be.


Here are a few tips to help you with depressive dips:

  1. Treat other underlying issues:  treat hypothyroidism with what your doctor prescribes; treat headaches or muscle pain with over-the-counter drugs.  (If your nerve endings are constantly on edge due to some type of pain, it can make you feel depressed or mimic depression.  So treat the pain.)
  2. Go on a fast of over thinking.  Shut your brain off.  
  3. Dismiss over-praying.  Call on friends and trust Jesus to pray for you.
  4. Slow down and resist the urge to rush around.  Do things that help you relax.
  5. Stay present by not worrying about the future or rehashing the past.  Get good at saying no to intruding thoughts.
  6. Get exercise.  Even a walk is helpful.
  7. Don't assign too much weight to how you're feeling.  Don't fall into self-pity.
  8. Eat healthily.
  9. Take supplements, especially D, evening primrose oil, B Complex.
  10. Put yourself into a see-it-through stage.
  11. Remember other successes and hold on to hope. 
  12. Call a friend to talk to.
  13. Get a change of scenery, whether that means getting out from behind your desk or taking a trip to the mall.
  14. Read inspiring books.
  15. Go to your happy place--remember what things have brought you joy in the past.
Well, my buzzer is ringing to say dinner is ready.  I hope this helps you in some small way.

No comments:

Post a Comment