Insights in Dealing with Depression

Day 1 of 40

Many secretly struggle with the symptoms of depression. These 40 biblical insights can help you identify and seek help for depression.

Day 1:  Identifying Depression

Depression is a common problem; you need to know how to identify it to overcome it.

Depression is often described as feeling sad, down, or low much of the day for most days. Although there are common symptoms of depression, symptoms can be unique in different people. Some people sleep more or less than they had prior to depression. Some experience increased appetite and weight gain; others eat less and lose weight without meaning to do so. Generally, any interest in pleasurable activities decreases. Social withdrawal occurs for some, while others find that they can’t tolerate being alone. Physical and mental energy levels may drop, impacting work and home productivity. Others may find that they feel agitated and restless. Feelings of worthlessness and excessive or inappropriate guilt are also common.

Depression can become so severe that a person loses their desire to live and thinks of death or even suicide.

The onset of depression may be a result of disappointments in life, a reaction to unsettling events, increased stress, or even an illness. Depression is usually labeled by severity: mild, moderate, or severe. In moderate to severe depression, symptoms can persist for months or even years, interfering with a person’s ability to function in daily life. To overcome depression, you must first identify it.

Consider This:

  1. Has there been a time in your life when you experienced some of the symptoms listed above? Are you experiencing them now? What would happen if you talked to a close friend or counselor about these feelings?
  2. Have you seen these symptoms in a loved one recently? What would happen if you gently reached out to them?

Take Action:

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, try to gauge the severity. On a scale of 1 to 10—with 1 being no depression and 10 being the worst depression you could imagine—where would you put yourself or your friend? If you feel you may be depressed, talk about it with someone today, whether it be a trusted friend, a family member, a minister, a counselor, or your physician. If you feel your friend may be depressed, reach out to them today.

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