Everyone has an opinion about depression these days. Clients hear a variety of information on the subject.
No wonder there's confusion.
What is depression?
Depression involves a cluster of symptoms that could include some of the following:
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:
" ....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.