Lessons Learned from Depression

I struggled with depression on and off for eight years.

I am now free from major depression, but I will never forget the lessons it taught me.

If you are depressed, or know someone who is, there is hope.

Depression robs you of hope and joy. It makes you think life will never get better, that it’s pointless to get out of the bed, leave the house, or do anything of value.

You can survive depression, and in many cases, be free of it. This short essay cannot detail much. I have literally written an entire book on this; however, here are some lessons I have learned along the way.

If you or a loved one is dealing with depression:

#1. Know that any one can get depressed.

If you are depressed, you’re in good company. Great leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and even spiritual giants struggle with depression. Depression doesn’t mean you are inferior and less of a person. It means you’re human.

#2. You cannot deal with this alone.

The hardest part of depression is admitting you’re depressed. Be honest with someone about your struggles. Tell a friend, your spouse, or a family member. They probably won’t understand everything, but it’s good to know you’re in this alone. Tell your doctor as well for guidance and instruction.

#3. Do life even when you don’t feel like it.

You don’t feel like getting out of bed. You don’t feel like working. You don’t feel like meeting a friend or working out. Do it anyway. Sitting and stewing makes depression worse, not better. Get out and do life. Better yet, get out and help someone else. That will take your mind off your situation.

Whatever you do, never give up. You are not the only one struggling. We’re in this together. More importantly, God is here to help.

Psalm 42:5, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

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