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Depression: Is it Real?

Everyone has an opinion about depression these days. Clients hear a variety of information on the subject.
 
Our counseling agency will help walk you through depression.
  • You are weak
  • It is in your head
  • Just get over it
  • It will be with you forever
  • Must take medication
  • Medication will make you a zombie
  • It's really a demon
  • Choose to be happy
  • It will go away with time
  • Pick yourself up by your bootstraps
 
No wonder there's confusion.
 
What is depression?
Depression involves a cluster of symptoms that could include some of the following:
  • sadness
  • emptiness
  • tearfulness
  • loss of interest in life
  • loss of pleasure from life
  • irritibility
  • significant change to appetite
  • significant change to weight
  • sleep changes
  • restlessness
  • sluggish reactions
  • fatigue
  • feelings of worthlessness
  • false guilt
  • excessive guilt
  • loss of ability to concentrate
  • indecisiveness
  • thoughts of death
  • thoughts of  suicide
  • plans for suicide
 
Christian counseling for any type of depression disorder at HIS Creations Ministries.What's real?
Depression can take various forms and come from a variety of sources:
1. Clinical depression--> involves a malfunction with the chemicals or neurotransmitters in your brain. This type of depression cannot be "willed" away. This may not just go away with time. Severe clinical depression is debilitating leading most to not be able to function with daily life activities. There is a high risk in waiting to see if it will just go away especially if you cannot get out of bed or are suicidal.
2. Situational depression-->involves a situation that has happened in your life that has led to depression symptoms. This is not clinical depression. However, for some, if it is prolonged, may lead to clinical depression or a low grade depression  lasting for years called dysthymic disorder.
3. Grieving-->involves a normal reaction to a life event. You go through stages of healing and one stage involves intense sadness that can look like and feel like depression; however this is normal and all of us face something that involves a grief response at some point in our lives.
 
How do I know?
If you are struggling with depression symptoms, think through if your symptoms have been with you since a troubling life event. If so, then situational depression or grieving may be possibilities. If your symptoms are without a life event as a cause, then clinical depression is a possibility. Talk to a trusted friend, pastor, family physician to look more closely at what you are experiencing.
 
How do I get better?
The Lord is our true healer and counselor who is the only one able to "fix" us.  All humans are either helpful or harmful to His plan of healing. Some experience a miracle and need no other help to walk away from depression. The Lord also uses others as His temporary "mouth piece" for freedom from depression including:
Find freedom from depression with the Biblical Truth Therapy used at HIS Creations Ministries.
  • Counselors for talk therapy to learn ways to practically apply coping skills/scripture (regardless of which type of depression with which you struggle).
  • Psychiatrists for medication (although not everyone needs this option)
  • Support or therapy groups for a sense that you are not alone 
  • Trusted friend to be with you as you grieve
 
Ecclesiastes 3:3-5 (NIV)
 " ....a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
  a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing..."
 
There is a season for everything as we see in scripture. We want you to know that if you are struggling, it will get better as you seek the path of healing the Lord has for you.
 
Feel free to contact us to set up an appointment if your path includes a counselor.
 
 

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