- Loss of interest in the usual activities
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness
- Weight gain or loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Depressed mood
- Slow thinking
- Suicidal thoughts
"can't think straight"
"can't feel anything:
"can't even will YOURSELF out of the blue"
"can't find enthusiasm getting up from bed"
"can't find passion for GOD and in pursuing your purpose or maybe you feel burnt-out"
YOU MIGHT BE WEATHERING THE STORM CLOUDS OF DEPRESSION.
Do you feel happy when you get up every morning because you know that your life, is a gift to others, and share the word of God to others. The solution usually done by people to take themselves out of depression is to engage in various 'happy' activites (drunkeness, partying, gambling). But our Lord Jesus warns us to be careful. "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap." (Luke 21:34). What is the real cure to depression, it is by looking on to Jesus, and have hope in Him. As Christians we have the power to do that through Christ Jesus. Paul said, "we must rejoice always in the Lord, rejoice." To be down or depressed is we have power over it. It is a choice. We can choose to be happy but not in a manner that we become a laughingstock to others. We rejoice in the Lord! Immerse yourself in the word of the Lord, and surround yourself with fellow believers.
Depression is a mental disorder. therefore we put our minds in order. THINK RIGHT. Not by positive thinking or wishful thinking. We turn to the story of the prophet in Elijah in 1 Kings. Because he was also stricken with depression. Elijah was in the time wherein Israel was ruled by King Ahab and his wife Jezebel who pushed the people to worship false gods. Sometimes, what we feel for example being sad is just normal. Learn to listen. God gave us emotion, to speak to us.
God may allow depression to:
- Warn you that something is wrong.
- Slow you down and cause you to reflect inwardly.
- Reveal to you your weakness.
- Bring you to Himself.
- Develop your trust in Him
- Begin a healing process for damaged emotions.
- Develop your perseverance and maturity
- Confirm your worth and the value of your life.
- Cause you to rely on His resources.
- Increase your understanding and compassion for others.