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,

 

 

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.

Outsidethechi

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.

Battling Depression 

I know I havent posted in a while because of things that I was going through, one of them is depression. I had my ups and downs during this period and some days were better than others. I decided to write a post today because I’ve been really feeling bad lately. I know there are others out there that are probably going through the same thing. I just want to let them know that they are not alone. I also posted this on Bayart.com, a site that I post to as well. 
Ive been listening to some meditations from the app/website Abide.com that can be helpful. I hope this helps you deal with the things that are happening in your life.

Being Positive in the Midst of the Current Disasters

With all the events, good or bad that’s been going on in the world and this country, its been rough trying to stay positive. From a biblical perspective, these things have to take place in order for us to progress to our final destiny were we wont have to deal with none of these things anymore.

The things that have been happening lately have been causing heartache, pain and lost for a lot of people. When i turn on the tv, radio or my phone, i see constant reminders of all this, so its not easy just to put it the back of your mind and keep going about your day. By us being human, we tend to concern ourselves with the things that are going around us which is how we are wired.

The only thing I can think of is to Pray and rely on God to help me through these times because these things aren’t going to just get better overnight or be “fixed” by some self proclamed super hero leader that thinks they bigger than the universe. Right now, with all the things that are happening, there’s one that can bring us through whom is the creator of this world which is God. He created everything so he knows how its going to end and will make sure his saved people are take care of no matter what happens. This is how I deal with it. I hope that others that don’t know where to turn to will turn to him during this time.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

What’s Going on in this Country?!

As most of us know by now there has been a disaster in the making in Charlottesville. I don’t even have to say what’s going on because it’s all over the news, internet and other media outlets.

From what I am seeing, how is this making America a better place? If anything it’s going to make it worse. I think we should be focused on what’s going on between us and other countries and not fighting amongst each other on our own soil. Right now, we are the laughing stock of the world right now. At this rate, this country is going to fail quickly (not that its not already failing). We talk about what happens in 3rd world countries all the time and we are turning into one!

If we are going to survive as a country, we will have to do better than this. As a person that believes in God, I believe that its going to get worse before it gets better because we are living in the end times. Being that, we are going to have to experience some things before the “better” comes. We didnt know exactly what was going to come to pass, but the way things are going now, it’s coming to life in front of our faces. In order to survive and get past this, we should put our trust in God and not in a man that claims he can “Fix” everything. From what I am seeing, things are not getting fixed, its getting worse!

What ever happens as time progresses, I think a lot of people are going to start turning to Gods way of dealing with things instead of mans because it getting out of control and one human CAN NOT fix what we are about to experience. In closing, I hope more people will turn to God before time runs out, because the way things are going now, it’s coming soon. until  my next post, Be Blessed!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”