If you find yourself wanting to stay in bed all day, or feeling a general sense of sadness for reasons you can't identify, you may be depressed. If you feel yourself slumping into a dark mood that you can't seem to shake, you may be depressed. The best thing to do is call a counselor today, who can help you identify your symptoms and determine the best course of action. Don't waste any time getting your life back.
Common Types and Causes for Depression
Genetics often play a role in a person's susceptability to depression. If a parent or other close relative suffered from depression, it is possible the trait could have been passed along to you. Traumatic life events can be the cause of depression, such as the death of a loved one, abuse, financial problems, or any other form of extreme stress. Hormonal changes can also be a cause. Depression has many triggers, not all of which are the same for every person. When it comes to types of depression, there are three. Major depression affects our ability to sleep, eat, work or play. Dysthmia is the second type of depression, which is less severe, resulting in a general malaise and unhappiness but is not paralyzing of one's ability to function. Bi-polar disorder is the third form of depression, which is characterized by large swings in one's mood.
There is no doubt that depression can take a toll on a person's relationships. Communication is often strained in the midst of a bout with depression, resulting in reduced connectivity between the depressed and those wanting to help. It's important to not let the affect of the depression on a person's mood or general attitude be a reflection to you of their true self. Your unwavering support will do much good, whether or not you feel appreciated by the person as they make their way through their feelings.
Depression is an isolating condition—both those who suffer from depression and those who care about a sufferer find themselves cut off from the ones they love. Navigating relationships through the trials of depression can be difficult, but it is essential for the sufferer to maintain a supportive network of family and friends. Healthy and compassionate communication between the sufferer and their loved ones can play a crucial role in the process of recovery.
Coping with Depression: Even Bible Heroes Had to Cope with Depression
By Lanny Harris,
Posted November 26th, 2018
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I was a pastor for 23 years, and during that time I often heard parishioners talking about mental health issues like depression. The view was often narrow and uninformed. I heard such statements as, “If you have enough faith, you will not be depressed,” “You just need to trust God,” and many other choice comments.
I remember while dealing with my own depression, a friend and mentor told me to “get over it and quit sinning.” He apparently believed that depression was a sin.
There are a lot of well-meaning Christians who do not understand mental health issues like depression. They do not understand that depression is an illness. Most of these people have never dealt with depression themselves. If they had, I doubt they would ever say such things.
Sadly, there is a lot of ignorance in the church about mental health issues. I took in what my friend had said to me and felt guilty for feeling the way I did. For quite a while, I believed him. When I finally went to a counselor myself, I learned that depression is an illness and not a sin. I also learned that people don’t often get over depression by themselves. Once I learned this, I was able to dismiss such unwise counsel.
Through my own struggle with bouts of depression, I have done some research in the Bible. I wanted to see what Scripture had to say about depression. Technically, the Bible does not
Common Symptoms of Depression and How to Manage Them
By Alyssa Kirkman,
Posted November 14th, 2018
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How do you know you are experiencing depression? What are the common symptoms of depression? As a professional counselor, when listening to clients describe their symptoms, I am looking for patterns and changes in patterns, as well as a few key words or phrases. What is normal for one person may not be normal for another, but here are few of the most common signs and symptoms of depression.
Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Change in Mood
Depression is associated with the words “sad” or “down.” While those are certainly aspects of the moods of depression, I also find that feeling “nothing” or “numbness” are just as common.
It is normal to feel different emotional responses to various events in our lives, but unfortunately we push down many negative emotions because they are hard to feel or talk about. We do our best not to dwell on them or think about them. But we can’t selectively damper certain emotions.
The more we numb our negative emotions, we also end up numbing our positive emotions, which can leave a sort of emptiness, hopelessness, and overall numbness. I frequently hear people struggling with depression describe their emotions as mostly empty with sadness mixed in; but these changes can also include mood swings, irritability, and anger.
Change in Sleeping Patterns
Sleep changes are one of the most pernicious symptoms of depression. This can take the form of either sleeping too much or not sleeping enough, or simply your sleep
By David Hodel,
Posted November 13th, 2018
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When I was in my late teens, my mom told me a story once about one of my ancestors. I told her I was feeling “blue” and she proceeded to tell me of my great-great-great-great-grandfather Charles, who reportedly once described how he would get “in his moods” and not be able to shake it. For these occasions, he kept a pile of dirt in his basement.
When the moods would hit, he would go downstairs with a shovel and move that pile of dirt from one side of the basement to the other, one shovelful at a time. After a while, he would start feeling better. I have a sneaking suspicion that Charles might have been diagnosed with depression if he had had the opportunity to see a modern mental health professional.
What is Depression?
There is a range of symptoms that fall into the general definition of depression. People often describe feeling “down” or “blue.” Other signs of depression may include having trouble getting out of bed, of finding a reason to live.
Severe depression can be life-threatening, as a person may become dissociated and unintentionally a threat to self or others through inattention (i.e. while driving), or suicidal or intent on harming themselves.
A Note About Suicidal Ideation (SI)
There are two categories of suicidal ideation, passive and active:
This is where a person has an undefined desire for life to end.