Over the last few weeks, multiple people who were battling with depression and anxiety have contacted me. Rather than try to post something from the perspective of theology and philosophy, I figured I would ask a professional. My mom has been a professional counselor for years, and has taught psychology at multiple universities. I asked her to write a brief blog that could at least help a few people take some initial steps to battle the blues! You can follow her at http://www.fwcjesuscalling.blogspot.com/. So, without further adieu, here’s some quick advice from a professional counselor and professor of psychology.
“The Depression Impression
Have you ever noticed what kind of impression depression leaves on us? Just being around a depressed person can take the spring out of anyone’s step.
Suppose that depressed person is YOU…and there’s no way to escape the impact you are having on YOU! It can be a most sad, sinking state of affairs!
Consider this…the opposite of DEpression is EXpression.
1) Talk Out – Tell the right person – The bible tells us that healing comes to those who openly express their hurts to someone who will pray for AND with them. James 5:16, Gal. 6:2
2) Stalk Out – Stalk out the scriptures – Chase down passages of scripture that are an expression of comfort and courage to your heart. Then, let those scriptures stalk YOU! Hunting down every depressing, discouraging, defeating thought you have. Psa. 119:9-16, 2 Tim. 3:16-17
3)Walk Out – Get actively engaged – Start expressing yourself through healthy involvement. Engage in God’s BIGGER picture. Let your pain be God’s path to others. Literally start to walk forward, towards others. Join a gym or a small group, get to church, volunteer in a shelter, make a financial donation, just DO something that changes lives and it will change your life! Col. 3:17, 2 Cor 1:3-4, Eph 6:8″
On a side note, if your anxiety or depression puts you or others in danger please seek medical help right away. Even though my mom lives in Oklahoma, we have wonderful professional counselors here in Mansfield, and I would love to help if you so choose to pursue that. Also please pass this link along if you know of anyone that needs to read this. Without a doubt this is a major issue today in our culture.