Depression – Our Companion
Depression may be our companion when we experience the following symptoms.
- 1. Our body and our thinking is moving in slow motion and we are unable to concentrate.
- 2. Our life appears to be hopeless and our heart is sick.
- 3. We cry for no apparent reason or we cry when insignificant things happen in our life.
- 4. Our thoughts are anxious or worried most of the time.
- 5. Everything we do appears to be wrong and nothing goes right.
- 6. In the mornings getting out of bed is a chore and it is difficult to face a new day.
- 7. Engaging in conversation is a struggle due to our inability to think and concentrate.
- 8. Life is overwhelming and we feel like we are suffocating.
- 9. Nothing is of interest to us. We are not interested in food, listening to music, exercise, or hobbies. We never take time to enjoy our family and friends.
- 10. We concentrate on the negative things that have happened in our life, the bad memories, the fears, the failures, and the things that make us uncomfortable.
- 11. Nothing in our world gives us hope or offers happiness. The future looks bleak.
- 12. Death appears to be a welcome relief. Our thoughts are consumed with death and suicide.
- 13. We feel shut off from family, friends, and the world.
Many of us have experienced depression as our companion in our life and we know the pain and agony of hopelessness and despair. When we experience depression we often appear to be acting normal to those looking into our world. We learn to live with depression and the demons that hound us every day are not visible to those closest to us. We change our facade when we meet people and flash our fake smile, although we may feel like a fraud, stiff, and awkward with our facial muscles frozen in place. Our effort to be happy and our smiling face hides our pain. We wear the mask seeking to protect ourselves, hide who we are, and the pain we do not want to face. Our feelings, our thoughts, our behavior and our sense of well-being are affected by our depression. We think no one will understand or love us if we are open and honest about our feelings.
Many of us have experienced depression in our life and we have known the pain and agony of hopelessness and despair, and discovered joy and peace is found in Jesus Christ. Today let us reach out to someone we know who is suffering and wounded offering them love, hope, and acceptance.
When I am feeling anxious, worried, and troubled in my mind these verses are helpful in changing my thoughts to think about things that are “… true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NIV
In the hope of Christ,