We've all seen the commercials. The ones advertising for this anti-depressant or that. How it can turn your world from walking around with an umbrella under a dark cloud to frolicking in a field of flowers with singing birds....
But you would be surprised to know just how many people you know-regular people!- deal with depression on a regular basis.
At it's worst it's debilitating. Controlling every aspect of your life. Weighing you down like a ton of bricks. Taking away everything positive in your life (or at least your ability to see and feel the positives in your life). It's awful. A nightmare.
And it spills. Onto those around you. Hurting them and leaving them feeling like they aren't "enough".
I've heard many "solutions" for my depression:
- Pray. Just pray about it and if you're a "good" Christian it will get better.
- Fake it til you make it. Just smile and you'll start to feel better.
- Exercise. Exercise raises your endorphins and will take away your depression.
- Eat right. If you eat this or don't eat that....
- Do something nice for yourself.
Do you get the point? It's impossible! Everything is impossible when you're depressed. Every noise is too loud and overwhelming (try that with 4 kids!). Every movement is a sensory overload. Anything touches you? Makes you want to scream! Nothing "works right". Scatter-brained much! No cohesive pattern to the thought processes, can't remember my own name sometimes. And I am not myself. I don't feel like me.
For my depression I take medication. I'm very blessed that mine is a "simple" fix....I won't tell you which one I take because I'm not here to advertise medications for depression. I'm just saying, if you feel any of the above, ask for help! My doctor told me once (after an ill-fated attempt at trying to go off of my medication cold-turkey) "Why shouldn't you start off every day with the same tools that everyone else has?" (meaning serotonin in the proper levels coursing through my body) Sure, I have good days and bad days still (just like anyone). I still "feel". I get angry, I get sad, I get frustrated...but on a normal level!
And with my treatment I ALSO feel happy, glad, loved, amused, joyful....