Continuing the discussion: Depression

Depression is a sad, uncomfortable word for many. Who wants to talk about a subject so, well, depressing? I do. I have suffered from depression most of my adult life. I have always kept it down, kept it quiet, and kept going. Many Americans do. In fact,  17% of Americans battle depression, and only 10% of them seek medical help. Millions are struggling with something that is fixable, yet the stigma prevents them from getting help. If this is you, please make today the day you take a step in a positive direction.

There are different ways to seek help. If you have a chemical imbalance, you may want to see a psychiatrist. Therapists, counselors, psychologists, and church counseling are other options as well. Diet and exercise can definitely contribute to your benefit, but please don’t make the mistake that they can take the place of medical attention. Some of us are deficient in hormones that regulate our moods. Some of us are deficient in vitamins and minerals, say D, for example. So what do you do when you need more D? Many of us supplement. That is basically what antidepressants do, they help regulate those hormones that millions of us are deficient in. I am not stating that medication is for everyone, it certainly may not work for everyone, yet this is a discussion to have with both your loved ones and your doctor.

I came across a neat way to get therapy if you are too busy (or scared) to seek face-to-face therapy. Talkspace.com, among many other similar websites, offer counseling services to people for a fee. The therapists are licensed and insured in their states of residence.

I understand how easy it is to be ridden with anxiety and sadness in a world so filled with hate, violence, and anger. It is so important not to give up, because you could be someone’s motivational story. Perhaps your struggles can benefit another struggling person someday, and you can and will overcome this. God did not intend for anyone to live life isolated and alone, so if you do not have friends or family to reach out to, reach out to me. Reach out to a therapist, online or face-to-face. The American Academy of Christian Counselors also offers referrals to Christian counselors in your area.

Hang in there.

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