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Depression SUCKS

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Does anyone here have depression?

 

I have depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD.

 

I get depressed A LOT.

 

What do you do for your depression that doesn't have to do with medicine.

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Pray a lot. Keep busy. Help others. Focus on God and the hope of what is to come. Play a video game. And, never, never dwell on my problems.

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Pray a lot. Keep busy. Help others. Focus on God and the hope of what is to come. Play a video game. And, never, never dwell on my problems.

 

hats good, its just REALLY hard not to dwell on problems when they just keep coming and more harder. :(

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Thats good, its just REALLY hard not to dwell on problems when they just keep coming and more harder. :(

 

Life is a constant challenge, with one difficulty thrown up after another. We live in a fallen world and that's just the way things are for now. It's really hard now not to dwell on your problems because that has become your habit. Your brain has been rewired for feeling depressed. You can rewire it again, it just takes time. Happiness is being content with what you have... maybe even letting go of a few things and being content with less.

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Life is a constant challenge, with one difficulty thrown up after another. We live in a fallen world and that's just the way things are for now. It's really hard now not to dwell on your problems because that has become your habit. Your brain has been rewired for feeling depressed. You can rewire it again, it just takes time. Happiness is being content with what you have... maybe even letting go of a few things and being content with less.

 

How do I "rewire" my brain to not think that way?

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I am a manic-depressant (bi-polar). Don't know which is really worse, the ups (mania) or the downs (depression). I am highly analytical and at times this works against me when my focus is set upon myself. I can think myself detached from the world around me, resulting in myself becoming too self absorbed. I retract in my mind and lose my ability to focus on things. What usually weighs heavy on my mind at times are past experiences or memories of ill things I may have done, said, or thought - almost like flashing back in ptsd. I have learned to quickly confess my sins, anything that I may have done, said, or thought, and then move on. Usually lingering on things that contribute to depression are associated with guilt coming from unconfessed sins, and any second thoughts which brings me to pause, reevaluate, reconsider, and even doubt whether I truly have repented by calling in question the sincerity of my confession. I now tend to refocus myself onto Godly activities, whether reading Scripture or fellow shipping with other believers through Bible Study or church activities, even this forum.

 

God bless,

William

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Life is a constant challenge, with one difficulty thrown up after another. We live in a fallen world and that's just the way things are for now. It's really hard now not to dwell on your problems because that has become your habit. Your brain has been rewired for feeling depressed. You can rewire it again, it just takes time. Happiness is being content with what you have... maybe even letting go of a few things and being content with less.

 

I think the word depression is over-used these days. I choose not to use it regarding myself. I can reflect back on my life and realize that if I were "truly" honest with a psych counselor, I would probably be diagnosed as PTSD from an abusive childhood, and I would probably be prescribed medication. I agree with Cornelius - the rewiring of the brain. I'm 53 years old, and when I was a child, there were not as many "labels" as there are now. I think labels are currently over-used, and we either allow ourselves to be labeled, or we label ourselves because other people are using the label. I think that's one aspect of "rewiring" our brains and our thought processes - how we individually perceive ourselves, and what we allow ourselves to believe about ourselves.

 

I firmly believe that there are correct diagnoses of individuals, but our current culture tends to "label" and over-use labels. There is "permission granted" for all manner of behavior and misguided introspection, and there is a general "elusive happiness" in our culture as we compare our own label to someone else's label.

 

I prefer to refer to myself as moody.

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How do I "rewire" my brain to not think that way?

 

It took you years to get here. Cultivating good habits and thought patterns takes time. There are ways to speed it up, such as with fasting and other forms of productive stress.

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I have manic depression, which does include its depressive episodes that can be very severe. Outside of medication, I have found self-awareness of triggers has helped me. Additionally, I have learned (through therapy with a therapist, not a psychologist) to recognize my emotions and control them. I still have depressed feelings, but it has gotten much easier for me to avoid severe depression because of what I have learned through what is called cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

But really, the drugs (medications, that is) help. Without those, I'd have a much harder time controlling myself.

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If you often suffer from depression and on drugs, apart from taking the drugs you should also keep praying to overcome that agent of depression and always study the Bible in times of depression.

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Yes.. I know all about depression and personality disorders as well, along with anxiety.. it all sucks & many people miss understand how it impacts on people's very day life..

I still have people in my family who honestly think I am a lazy person, and think I use depression & anxiety as an excuse.

 

 

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Constantly commune with Jesus about your problems.

 

Physical exercise can be helpful as well.

 

Just walking has a way of pulling me out from self-absorption. Usually 15 - 30 minutes into the walk my mind clears. It gets crowded up in there some times, and I find a lengthy walk does wonders for my mental health.

 

Couple that with prayer, and after a length of time during my walk and just talking to God I gain a new perspective on situations. I think God's will, will be done no matter what, but I know it pleases God for me to pray to Him and communicate. I get more out of our conversations than anything else :)

 

Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?" We walk and walk and walk, but in the end I hope that I'll always agree with God.

 

God bless,

William

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I struggle with depression a lot as well. I go for walks, listen to music, try to keep my mind occupied, as I have a bad habit of living inside my own head.

 

And prayer, of course.

 

Exercise releases endorphines that make you feel better though, plus it's just plain good for your body.

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My heart goes out to anyone who is struggling with depression. My fiancé has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. And very sadly our pastor has told us that he won't marry us because of his battle with depression. He said that my fiancé's battle with depression is demonic and that because of it he can't be the spiritual head of the household. We love our pastor and we're heartbroken about his decision. :(

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My heart goes out to anyone who is struggling with depression. My fiancé has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. And very sadly our pastor has told us that he won't marry us because of his battle with depression. He said that my fiancé's battle with depression is demonic and that because of it he can't be the spiritual head of the household. We love our pastor and we're heartbroken about his decision. :(

 

If this is what your pastor teaches perhaps you should consider changing churches. I know what depression is like because I have experienced it. Suffering from depression might make it harder for someone to serve God but it doesn't mean he isn't a Christian or that he is controlled be a demon. Here are two threads about depression on this forum. Perhaps reading them might help you understand the condition better.

 

https://www.christforums.org/forum/entertainment-fun/health-fitness/148-what-does-the-bible-say-about-bipolar-disorder-manic-depression

 

https://www.christforums.org/forum/entertainment-fun/health-fitness/147-making-the-church-a-safe-place-for-mental-illness

 

I will pray that your fiance will find the help he needs to overcome his problem and that the two of you will have a happy life together as husband and wife.

 

 

 

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Depression is one of the most popular silent killers, a lot of people are misinformed and are actually ignorant in this subject, it might seem like it's easy to deal with, but it takes over your life and makes you useless.

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I have a friend that claims that he has depression, but I know that what he has is not a depression but also a borderline personality. It is a very tricky thing and I have tried a lot of things to help him out but it just doesn't work.While in a crowd of friends or with his girlfriend, he is great, but the moment he gets alone at home, he does nothing, and spends his time fighting with his girlfriend via Skype or watching YouTube clips. Of course he had an unfortunate series of events that made him the way he is now, but I would like to help him out and I don't know how. The problem is, he has always been manic depressive, but for instance me and my friend never thought that he was ill before, we always knew he was full of energy and jumpy, until he just loses it and sits down, like someone turned him off. I would like to be able to give you some advice but try to stay surrounded with people a lot, and don't think negative. Do some physical exercise, ride a bike or run, that clears a head a lot. I know that you must feel alone but know that you are not.

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Depression is one of the most popular silent killers, a lot of people are misinformed and are actually ignorant in this subject, it might seem like it's easy to deal with, but it takes over your life and makes you useless.

There is not a single human being who does not face problems, which means that everyone could succumb to depression. But for Christians it is an issue that needs to be dealt with on a spiritual basis.

 

Essentially depression is a mental condition which is brought about by focusing our thoughts on (1) ourselves and our problems, (2) depressing events, and (3) the negativity that is being DELIBERATELY broadcast by the media.

 

So the antidote for depression is to control our thoughts and apply the Scriptures to ourselves. The apostle Paul has already provided an anti-depressant in Philippians 4:4-9 (KJV):

 

1. FOCUS ON THE LORD AND REJOICE IN HIM

 

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

 

2. EXERCISE REASONABLENESS, GENTLENESS, AND FAIRNESS

 

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

3. STOP WORRYING AND FRETTING, BUT PRAY INSTEAD

 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

4. EXPERIENCE THE PEACE OF GOD AS A RESULT

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

5. FOCUS ONLY ON THAT WHICH IS POSITIVE

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things arelovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there beany praise, think on these things.

 

6. FOLLOW PAUL'S EXAMPLE

 

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

 

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If one is not careful it's somewhat easy for some people to sink into a state of depression. it's best not to mope around feeling sorry for yourself when things are not going your way. You just got to realize that just being down in the dumps will not help the situation. It's better to talk to God about your problem. and be active as much as you can to eliminate the stress, just try to take things as it might come.

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Many people who suffer from depression don’t receive adequate therapy, either because guilt and stigma discourage them from seeking help, or because healthcare disparities limit services (Thornicroft). Even when sufferers do seek help, treatment is an inexact science, and cure elusive. The mainstays of therapy include antidepressant medications, which increase concentrations of serotonin in the brain, and psychotherapy. Although antidepressants can provide crucial stability, when used alone they facilitate full remission in only about 50 percent of cases (Papakostas, Gartlehner). Efficacy increases when antidepressants and psychotherapy are combined (Cuijpers), but even with this approach partial response is more common than complete resolution. Therapy may shorten the duration of an episode, or ameliorate the intensity of symptoms, but rarely does it completely eradicate the threat of darkness (Forte). Further, when sufferers muster the courage to pursue therapy, they can face a plodding and debilitating course. Sixty percent of people who start antidepressant medication suffer side effects of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and anxiety (Gartlehner). Although some feel better within one to two weeks (Uher, Posternak), full remission usually requires six to 12 weeks of therapy (Papakostas, Trivedi, Romera). This delayed response means sufferers shoulder side effects while still immersed in despair. Unsurprisingly, the dropout rate for therapy is high, with many discontinuing antidepressants before symptoms resolve (Gartlehner). The delayed and variable effectiveness of treatment can worsen feelings of guilt. As Zack Eswine writes, “Because of this slowness or absence of cure, sufferers of depression must daily withstand voices of condemnation. After all, Shouldn’t you be over it by now?” (58). Such disparagement may originate within the minds of sufferers, but fellow churchgoers hold the power either to fan that condemnation into flame, or to snuff it out. Our words matter (Matt. 15:18, Eph. 4:29). With them we may trample the downtrodden for the glory of our own lofty opinions. Or, we may embrace the suffering with open arms and hearts, and in so doing embody the love of Christ. Medical Problem with Spiritual Ramifications Sufferers of depression desperately need such reminders of Christ’s love. When shadows subsume us, even in the absence of biochemical changes, questions of faith become fundamental. In major depression, the brain changes that affect our mood, outlook, and concentration can also impair our enjoyment of God’s grace. We may know the truth cognitively, but as we lose our capacity for joy, we struggle to recognize God’s work in our daily lives. We may recite Bible verses, but their effect on our hearts loses force. We feel cut off from God, abandoned by him. Our prayers devolve into single words, the anguished pleas of the desperate. When we dismiss depression as an affliction of faithlessness, we crush believers during their moments of dire need. We strip them of the last shreds of hope they grasp. We also ignore the refining work God may accomplish through our moments of despair. Pastor Todd Peperkorn shares the following: Overcoming depression is not a matter of “cheer up!” or “just have more faith and joy!” or some pious version of “get over it!” I knew the gospel. I knew all the right answers. I had it all figured out and preached it Sunday after Sunday. But our Lord, in his mercy, chose to crush me, to cause me to suffer with him, so that the faith he gave me . . . would be stronger, clearer, and more focused. By traveling down that dark road, I have come to understand what the light of Christ is all about. (10) As Christ’s followers, we’re called to reflect his light. We’re called to remind one another, as the Psalms constantly reassure us, that those who know and love God also struggle through seasons of despair (Pss. 13:1–2; 38:6–8; 42:1–2). David was a man after God’s own heart, with a faith so vast it steeled him against a giant. Yet in the Psalms he laments. Seasons find him in agony, crying out to the Lord whom he cherishes, but who he fears has fallen silent (Ps. 22:1–2). In their deep longing and poetic imagery, the Psalms give a voice to our own suffering. They reveal that even those rich in faith are prone to despondency. Above all, when we dismiss depression as a defect in faith, we forget that the Savior we treasure has also known crushing sorrow (Matt 26:38; 27:46). When gloom encroaches, we cling to the truth that the Lord of the universe also endured despair. He knows our groanings. Not only that, but he bore them, for our sake, out of love for us. When we despair, and when we can’t see God, our identity in Christ—and God’s love for us—remains untarnished. This is the truth that must steer our hearts and minds as we minister to sufferers of depression. We must point them to professional help if they’re meandering through their illness unguided, or if they voice thoughts of suicide. But while we may guide, we can’t cure them. Our words can’t unshackle the depressed mind from its imprisonment, though our admonishments, certainly, promise to scrape wounds raw. But in Christ we place our hope. In Christ we reach out in love, to show our suffering brothers and sisters they matter. To show them, not through lectures but through compassionate action, their tremendous worth in Christ Jesus. Even while they doubt the merit of their existence, God gave his own Son for them (John 3:16). Hope in Christian Love When I awkwardly stepped into that church building more than a decade ago, those present couldn’t discern my agony. But they saw me. They beheld me as another image-bearer of God, worthy of love, won by Christ. They offered table fellowship. They opened their homes and their lives to a stranger. They shared books, baked pies, and offered unconditional embraces. They inquired. They listened. When years later I finally divulged the episodic tumult within my soul, they still loved me. The table fellowship continued. The books still exchanged hands. The embraces just lingered a bit longer. The house visits increased in frequency. The prayers became more pointed, more fervent. They didn’t reprimand me or offer advice. They simply partnered with me, holding on to me while the waves of grief ebbed and flowed. Their efforts didn’t chase away the darkness. They didn’t cure my depression, or jolt my mind awake with a burst of hope. But they did reflect Christ’s love, and in so doing, buoyed me through turbulent seas. They reminded me, even while I was steeped in hopelessness and shame, even when I couldn’t believe their words, that Christ lived and died and rose for me. And like a shaft of light glittering through inky waters, that truth—that love—penetrates through. View the full article

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