Depression

To begin the health matters series, I would like to begin with the mind first. We have many things that are on our minds every day. However, what happens when not so good things affect our minds and cause issues?

You got it going on; all is right in your world; you’re smart, outgoing, and the bomb, so-to-speak. Then all of a sudden or slowly, things begin to change. You go from being happy to feeling down and emotional in a bad way. You may not even realize there is something happening on this level, so you just think, “I’m having a down day” or “I’m moody today”.

I am talking about depression. This illness comes in various forms and we as saints of God especially need to know that this can and does happen to us. God wants us to be of a sound mind. Philippians 2:5 says “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus”. Depression doesn’t mean you are showing weakness, feeling or acting negatively. There is no shame if this has happened in the past or going on right now in your life.

The first form of depression is called Major Depressive Disorder, also known as Clinical Depression. This can be disabling and affects can last for some time. this can prevent you from functioning on a day-to-day basis normally. This can occur once in a lifetime or reoccur throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of depression includes a depressed mood, loss of interest in things you love to do, feeling worthless, insomnia, hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), feelings of guilt, fatigue, reoccurring thoughts of death or suicide, and weight loss or weight gain. If these last longer than two weeks, these symptoms can be distressing clinically or can impair daily functions.

Women are at a high risk of this due to miscarriages, pregnancy, and menstruation. Menopause can increase these risks as well. Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, some medications, and strokes can also cause depression.

There is help. You don’t have to suffer needlessly and alone. Get a thorough exam from a good doctor, get a depression screening, and get blood work done to make sure the cause is not something else that may have similar symptoms. This is very treatable with antidepressants to help control the symptoms. Talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist for therapy to address any emotional issues or etc. This is what man has put into place.

But God has also put something in place to help us while we are going through this issue. I’m talking about His word; I’m also talking about prayer. Along with the care you receive from your doctor. Here are a few scriptures to help and encourage and motivate you to hang in there: Philippians 4:7, Numbers 6:26, Psalms 31:4, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalms 30:5, Psalms 34:17-18, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 40:31, and Psalms 28:7

I want to encourage anyone who reads this, if you have concerns about this to do your own research for reassurance.

In closing, I want you to read Psalms 46:1 “God is a refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble”. We at The Worship Center want you to know that we love you and want you to be healthy, especially in the mind.

Be blessed

 

Depression Part 2 – Postpartum Depression