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How Do I Overcome Depression

How do I overcome depression as a Christian?

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 ---Mitch on 3/14/10
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Mitch, when you concentrate on others you will find the depression lifting. Start by praying for someone everyday. Then start helping someone(soup kitchen or something). All the while praising Jesus. Scripture is most helpful in all this.
---fay on 6/1/10


If you are a Christian, you are called to work for God, when do you have time to think of yourself? That is what depression is, self-centerness....STOP MAKING THE DEVIL SO VERY HAPPY. And make God happy. Get busy. WORK.
---catherine on 5/31/10


"...Someday, I shall educate people about Satan. I hope that you are there. Hallelujah.+"
---catherine on 5/21/10

catherine - The best place to begin your education of people may be with yourself.
---chris on 5/31/10


A true Christian can become temporary depress if there is friction between you and your Savior. I wonder about these people who can talk such a good talk but has never been bought by His Blood. Hell is going to be their home, one day.
---catherine on 5/25/10


Depression is not from God. God only gives good & perfect gifts. If you really & truly think it is from God then why try to get rid of it.
---fay on 5/21/10




Cuny, you are allowed your opinions. Someday, I shall educate people about Satan. I hope that you are there. Hallelujah.+
---catherine on 5/21/10


When I can tell my depression is a sin problem, confess this and trust God to make me better in His love and peace and joy. I can see that when depression is sin, I am so about myself and what is happening to me, rather than being busy with caring for any and all people, like Jesus says to love any and all people. So, sinful depression, in my case, is anti-love, not just a physical medical problem, but it is deeper and spiritual, working to keep me from trusting God and loving any and all people.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/21/10


\\Demonic depression is not godly. It is a sin, and worrying is the culprit. \\

Diseases, even the few actually caused by demons, are NOT sins, catherine.

You have a weak grasp of moral theology, as well as of Christian doctrine generally.
---Cluny on 5/21/10


God can bring you down. He can put you under a cloud, it is not Satan, it is God, for a lot of reasons. Demonic depression, you must guard against.....There is a whole lot of stuff today, which is a great temptation to get depress over. You just have to guard against it. You will learn the difference in this by getting close to God and staying close to God. Demonic depression is not godly. It is a sin, and worrying is the culprit. And worrying is a sin. And it goes on and on. Remember, no one is born depress. Have you ever seen a depress 6 month old? Depression, such as what you have is from the devil, It's just that as you grow older, Satan begins his junk in the minds and heart of his people according to our weaknesses.. My friends.
---catherine on 5/21/10


first thing to do is go for a walk.
Exercise does help a lot with depression.

Then attempt to reconnect with a past hobby (not husband, but a fun activity)

Eat some fresh fruits: pineapple, mangoes, and cherries do help.
---francis on 5/20/10




When I am depress, what I usually do is to sing out loud up to the top of my lungs, and blew it away. Crying out loud can help too. and then, I start counting all the blessings I have and thanks God with all my heart for all that blessings he showered me.
---myrna on 5/19/10


I was on the antidepressant Lexapro and it worked for me. Now I exercise either everyday or every other day. I also take a vitamin everyday. Not on Lexapro anymore. Life is better.

Maybe you could try St. John's Wort.

Also pray.
---Nottellingyou on 3/16/10


\\I went through a period of really bad depression after my father died. I finally cried out to the Lord and he healed me, but I found myself still crying at everything...turns out I'm in menopause.\\

And this is an excellent example of two kinds of depression:

1. Reactive (bereavement)

2. Medical (menopause, post-partum depression is an example as well).

Some depression may result after surgery, too. I know that I had bad dreams of being attacked by knives after I had my gall bladder removed. (Well, duh! Isn't that what really happened?)
---Cluny on 3/15/10


MOE ....As one who has suffered from Clinical Depression, I can tell you that your statement:

"What is commonly termed CLINICAL depression is simply BAD HEALTH (your body needs vitamins, etc. and does not function well, so you will feel sad/"depressed)"

is utter rubbish.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/15/10


Try thanking God more for the privileges HE has given you(I'm not saying you should boast to others).
---Adetunji on 3/15/10


\\What is commonly termed CLINICAL depression is simply BAD HEALTH (your body needs vitamins, etc. and does not function well, so you will feel sad/"depressed).\\

I understand where you're coming from, mew.

However, in my own experience, clinical depression is a separate disease from medical depression, even if they are related.

Diabetes can make clinical depression worse (and vice versa), but managing diabetes will not in itself help clinical depression, if the latter is really the trouble.
---Cluny on 3/15/10


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I went through a period of really bad depression after my father died. I finally cried out to the Lord and he healed me, but I found myself still crying at everything...turns out I'm in menopause.

But here's what I did that really did work.

I bought myself Beth Moore's Bible Study on Breaking Free. I did exactly what she said to do, read these chapters, answer these questions, list what you think, etc., in other words, it involved my input too.

I actually got my Joy back after doing the 10 weeks, 5 studies per week which took me more than 10 weeks to do. Now I'm studying another one of her studies...it's like just what I needed - the Word put back inside of me by using a structured study. Try doing a study on Joy first.
---Donna on 3/15/10


I'm going to take a guess and say that you are emotionally depressed (instead of in clinical bad health). You TRULY understand AND FEEL that this world is not all it's cracked up to be (it is uncommon that people truly become sad/disappointed about this), but you insist on what is good and right and true. Solomon also hated life for this reason...

Ecclesiastes 2:17
"So, I hated life"

...so your spirit/countenance is low...

Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in spirit...."

...for you, "heaven" has already begun, it is within.
---more_excellent_way on 3/15/10


First of all you need to be evaluated by a clinical mental health professional to determine the type of depression that you have and what things in your life that are contributing to your depression.

What things can you control or change in your environment your self and what my be necessary between therapy and medication in a treatment plain.

Once you have a plan follow it, provide feed back to mental health professional for plan modification or changes in medication but continue to follow the plain.

Pray for Gods help in sticking with the plan.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/15/10


There have been several threads about this already, and I will say what I've always said.

There are three basic kinds of depression:

1. Reactive--triggered by something that is depressing, such as bereavement or loss of a job. Usually this passes, but sometimes need professional help.

2. Medical--some medical conditions such as diabetes, if not managed properly, can cause depression.

3. Clinical--this is a CHEMICAL imbalance, and not a spiritual or moral flaw. This is usually amenable to proper medication.

If medicine is what you need, then humble yourself, take your medicine, and thank God for the provision He has made for you.
---Cluny on 3/15/10


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I'm 55 and suffered 51 years of suicidal depression.

PSYCHOLOGICAL/emotional depression is an IDENTITY CRISIS (no matter WHAT anyone says).

What is commonly termed CLINICAL depression is simply BAD HEALTH (your body needs vitamins, etc. and does not function well, so you will feel sad/"depressed).

Get to know God's "forever" name....."I am who I am"....

Exodus 3:14
"God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM".....
......in the next verse, God says "forever".

I am who I am is the one who sent Jesus and He will teach you to KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Then, you will be able to relate to everything in your life properly and to God properly.
---more_excellent_way on 3/15/10


Depression can mean different things. It can just be that you are fed up and a bit jaded. In which case you could find new things to do or just try to look on the bright side of life.

But if you have clinical depression, you neeed medical help.

Do you feel you want to hide away from other people, from your family. Do you find your brain is working always on two things .. whatever yuo are doing at the time and also on you underlying worries.
Those are signs of clinical depression. Don't take any notice of people who tell you to "pull youyrself together" go to na doctor
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/15/10


Overcoming emotional depression involves establishing a conscience (uncommon, do not become a 'walking bible', be an independent thinker). God does not want us to have an IDENTICAL relationship with Him, but a PERSONAL one (with all of your idiosyncrasies, habits, attitudes, and faults)....He also wants to have a relationship...WITH THE REAL YOU (don't be a hypocrite with a holy PERSONALITY, but have a holy NATURE/character/spirit).

Romans 8:16
"it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with OUR SPIRIT that we are children of God".
---more_excellent_way on 3/15/10


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