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Hey ladies!

I’m back again, and this time, with a heavy-hearted post that’s dedicated to our women, young and old that struggle with depression.

It’s heavy, I know.

But bear with me because I think you might want to stick around for this one.

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overcoming depression

Before we start, let’s talk facts

First, depression isn’t something people make up as a reason to be sad, let’s just get that out of the way.

Second, depression DOES NOT mean Satan is attacking your mind.

Third, depression is a REAL and TREATABLE mental illness that affects over 19 MILLION women in America.

But here are some other important facts for you to think about:

  • About 1 in every 8 women will develop some form of clinical depression in their lifetime.
  • Women experience depression about TWICE as often as men.
  • Depression is not just being SAD, it also can come in the form of tiredness, muscle soreness, weight changes, appetite changes, mood swings, etc.

For more of a visual of the statistics, you can read the infographic below provided by Mental Health America.

depression statistics

So basically, depression can affect anyone

Out of 19 million people in the U.S., you definitely aren’t alone, no matter how alone you may feel.

And it doesn’t matter if you have everything you can possibly want out of life or nothing at all.

Depression is something that can be hereditary, biological, or simply there because, well, life sucks for everyone at some point in time.

You might look around and feel like there is no one that understands how you feel, but I can guarantee you, that AT LEAST 19 million people understand EXACTLY how you feel.

And you’ll be surprised how many people foster this feeling inside of themselves and NEVER tell anyone.

So Don’t Be afraid to talk about it

People, especially Christians, don’t like to talk about mental illness. 

And I think this partly stems from the belief that, if we don’t talk about it, then we don’t have to address it.

But the problem with this type of thinking is that it totally isolates the people that need help the most. 

And sometimes, people honestly don’t know what say.

So say it for them.

Tell them, whether it’s family or friends, EXACTLY WHY you don’t feel like get-togethers, or why you might answer the phone a little less.

Most of the time, even though they won’t always know what to say other than “I’ll pray for you” if they say anything positive at all, it means they care.

depression does not mean you are weak or flawed

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “what the heck is wrong with me?”, you’re officially one out of millions of people who have thought the EXACT SAME THING.

And you know what?

Nothing is wrong with you. 

Depression is NOT YOUR FAULT.

Depression is the result of hormones negatively affecting your mood and life experiences weighing you down.

In fact, ADMITTING that you know something is wrong makes you incredibly BRAVE because MOST people who suffer from depression, DON’T EVEN SAY ANYTHING.

So stop beating yourself up.

You’re amazing regardless of how depression makes you feel.

treatment Doesn’t mean you don’t trust god

Contrary to popular belief, “praying about it” DOES NOT MEAN all of your problems will just vanish.

James 2:14 ; 26

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?”

…”For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Prayer is your faith, treatment is your work.

I believe “just pray about it” is the phrase Christians tend to default to because they don’t know what else to do or say.

And that’s okay because people normally don’t know how to handle stuff like this, but you have three options.

One, you could keep it inside.

No one understands you anyway, so there’s no point in talking about it right?

Or second, you could go to God, and tell him what’s going on and ask him to relieve you of this burden that is tossing your life around like a tossed salad.

OR THIRD, you could go online, find a psychiatric clinic or mental health facility closest to you and set up an appointment.

Put like that, can you guess which two options are best?

I say all that to say this, Pray about it, AND seek Treatment. Get a headstart on taking back your life. You got it, girl!

before you go…

I want to offer you this prayer that you can either pray for yourself, or for someone you know that may be struggling with depression.

Lord, I come to you humbly asking for your ever-present spirit to come upon me. Fill me with your unconditional love and joy and let the feelings of fear, doubt, and shame be cast out of my spirit in your name.

I ask that you give me the strength to push through each day with  confidence that you can and will defeat my depression.

I also ask for the wisdom to seek out help from people that you have placed on this earth to heal people just like me. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Alright, ladies! I hope this post has blessed you, and if it has, send the blessing along by sharing it with your friends!

Until Next Time,

 

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