Is Depression Real?

I had someone say to me “I don’t get depressed” when I told them I was being treated for depression. I thought to myself, what was your reason for saying that? The tone in the persons voice came across as if your depressed, somethings wrong with me. I also had a similar comment from someone else when my Mom told them that I suffer from anxiety as well. In this case, the person said “He doesn’t have anxiety” as if they knew the things that I deal with mentally on a daily basis.

The frustration that i have to deal with when people make these types of comments can get overwhelming sometimes because I feel that I am looked at as being weak, faithless and so on. I’ve even had someone tell me that I don’t have faith in God because I have anxiety (which I’m being medicated for). Believe me, I have faith in God because if I didnt, I wouldn’t have made it through the things I’ve made it through all my life.

I experienced people getting frustrated with me because I take meds for my anxiety/depression and it alters my mood and personality and they dont like the “new me”. Then I have those who are frustrated because I don’t really want to be on the meds because of the side affects and claim I’m not helping myself by coming off of them. Sometimes I wonder what is going on with me because how people react to me because of this.

I wake up every morning with a great amount of anxious feelings. As I start my day I take my meds, read my bible verses, drink my Black tea and watch the news. By midday, I feel a little calmer than I did when I woke up. Most of the day is kind of neutral as I go about my daily routines. Once I go to bed, i’m usually thinking about my next day. The feelings that I go through on a daily basis seems REAL to me and I do whatever I can do to cope with it. So, when someone asks if there is a such thing as depression or anxiety I say yes, you have to experience it to know what someone is going through.

Outsidethechi,

 

 

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Good Morning

Hope everyone is having a good morning. I know i started off to a lousy morning, but i’m feeling better. It feels good to run into people that have your best interest in mind, so keep those people close to you. I know things are crazy right now in the country and world and it can be hard to focus with all the distractions. Just remember who’s in charge and it will be ok.

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Times are hard, but don’t end your life!!!

This time of the year is especially rough than it is any other time of the year. Even though depression and suicide can effect people year around, the symptoms are evident even more during the holiday season.

Please watch this video by Trent Shelton as he talks about ending your life.

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Your Life is Not Over!

With all the things that are going on in the world today and our personal issues that we are dealing with, it seems as things are getting harder to deal with. I, myself is going through it as I type this. I want to tell you that life is NOT over! Even though is seems that way because of our current situations, it’s not the final chapter. To offer encouragement, I wanted to share this video from Trent Shelton, a motivational speaker that I’ve watching for a while now.

Surviving The Holidays

Every year around this time, I get in a depressive mood. The reason behind it is that the holidays bring stress along with it every year. Most people have family get together on the holidays which can be stressful within it self because of the different personalities of the family members that you can’t get along with and things that come out their mouths when they either consume alcohol or just want to be a trouble maker.

When I was younger, I looked forward to the holidays coming, especially Christmas, because that’s when we get new toys that we don’t get during the rest of the year, unless its your birthday or some other special occasion. Now that I outgrew the Santa Claus period, which makes Christmas a whole different experience.

As a follower of Christ, I look at the holidays, especially Christmas in a whole new way. I try to think about what he’s done for me instead of pondering on the world’s way of celebrating which brings along unneeded stress. When I go about it this way, it helps take the load off of the holiday drama and stress. I learned that its not all about gift giving, instead its the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. So if you find yourself in the dumps during the holidays, please keep this in consideration and possibly work towards a relationship with Jesus to turn your focus on him  instead of the drama.