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Depression: The Relative of Suicide

By March 20, 2017Uncategorized
News about town is of a doctor in Lagos who drove to 3rd mainland bridge and jumped in , committing suicide. One of the closest relatives of suicide is DEPRESSION. Many have experienced it at one time or another.  Anyone can experience it. It consists of sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy, feeling low in spirits; dejected. May also be clinical or psychological depression. We all get sad or have “the blues” on occasion. Whether you’re sad about your favorite club losing last Sunday, or failing a test, or a rift in a relationship, it might help to know that most people have those feelings at some time or another.
If you’re experiencing that type of depression, take comfort in knowing that it will likely pass in a relatively short time. In the meantime, keep going to church, praying and reading your Bible (the Psalms can be especially helpful). Do fun things with friends and family; don’t spend too much time brooding alone in your bedroom. And talk to someone you trust—a parent, a teacher, a coach, a youth leader, a pastor.
But what if you’re experiencing “psychological depression,” ? Certainly, you should be doing the things recommended in the last paragraph. But if you have psychological depression—also known as “clinical depression”—you should see a professional, because this type of depression is a very real illness, just as real as cancer or the common cold.
What causes depression?
When asked what causes depression, the top three answers from readers were:
  • Death of a friend/family member (84%)
  • Loneliness (79%)
  • Stress (77%)
  • For those readers currently struggling with depression, the top three answers were:
  • Loneliness (79%)
  • Stress (69%)
  • Family problems (63%)
What will help? When asked what would help a person deal with depression, the top three answers from readers were:
  • Bible study/prayer (89%)
  • Receive counsel from pastor/youth leader (80%)
  • Professional counseling/therapy (67%)
  • For those readers currently struggling with depression, the top three answers were:
  • Hang out with friends (58%)
  • Listen to music (46%)
  • Receive counsel from pastor/youth leader (46%)
If there are challenges,  it’s alright. They come and go, so don’t lose your mind before the challenge is sorted.  Guide your heart with all diligence, because out of it are the issues of life. You can also TALK TO THE RIGHT PERSONS. Here are some scriptures that may help http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/depression-bible-verses/
My favourite is Philippians  4:8 –  For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
#monteeclairs #depressionisdangerous  #guardyourheart

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