Living with depression can oftentimes feel lonely. As a counselor and someone who has experienced symptomatic signs including lack of purpose and hopelessness, and a feeling that there is no light but darkness that evades you. Many times addictions to alcohol and drugs and other escapisms are used to self-medicate from depression and anxiety, but these ways never bring about true peace. Many people in the Bible wrestled with depression. Elijah suffered from bouts of fear and depression the moment he heard Jezebel was seeking after his own life (1 Kings 19). Job was in great despair over all the losses he endured in his life (Job 19:1-29) David fell into deep despair when he was sought after by King Saul (Psalm 61).
What are some symptoms of depression?
Guilt, hopelessness, anger/irritability, fatigue, lowered immunity, lack of desire and motivation, isolation from others, sadness/crying, thoughts of hurting oneself/suicidal thoughts, loss of appetite, and feelings of worthlessness.
What are some causes of depression?
Situational/circumstances, physical/medical, spiritual, environmental, genetics, or a combination of these. Depression can be caused by sin in our lives. Sin left unchecked in our lives or sin that we continually entertain can cause depression. Depression can also follow a great spiritual victory we have had in our lives.
God does heal instantly and miraculously, but sometimes He gives doctors the wisdom to help treat a patient. For a Christian, the first line of defense in defeating depression is prayer because there is hope through the power of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit dwells in every born-again believer, and gives us wisdom, counsel, comfort, and direction. It is important to first seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in how to treat and heal depression.
In some cases, people may need to be evaluated by a medical doctor to determine if the depression is a medical/chemical imbalance, and if medication is needed temporarily. You can also find a nutritionist who can direct you to natural herbal treatments for depression. A lot of the times depression and anxiety co-exist, so both may need to be treated. Always pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit before medical interventions. If the depression is solely spiritual, medication will not help, and that is why wisdom of the Holy Spirit is needed.
Talk to someone, your pastor, Godly friends or a Christian counselor. Write and journal your thoughts and feelings, writing is found be therapeutic for healing depression. Begin some type of exercise ; walking is one of the best remedies for depression and anxiety. Do things you enjoy every day. Watch your thinking and your thoughts, negativity will produce the soil for depression. Be careful of your companions and your environments. Get around other Christians who are positive and faith-filled. Be thankful and count your blessings everyday.
Don’t feel bad if you are a Christian and you need help with depression.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near the broken-heated and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
For more information on what depression is and how it can affect you please read “Depression (Part I).”