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Mid-Life Female With Depression

I need a Christian friend who understands the burden of depression. I am 52, female and have no support system whatsoever.

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 ---Rosey on 2/4/11
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Hi Elder, thank you, hopefully I can minister to others in this, now and later down the line too. I can hardly wait to be one of those people that I once saw in a waiting room that had survived cancer--and she ministered to a very scared me! I want to do that too. :)
---Mary on 6/3/11


John: "Guess I have to toss this stone back."

No, keep it as a souvenir of remembrance.:)
---Steveng on 6/1/11


I know exactly how you feel.I'm 47 years old and suffer from major depression. It seems like no one else understands the way I feel,hopeless,and I just want to give up. everyday I find it hard to get out of bed and face the day ahead.Praying for you,and me both.
---Sabrina on 5/31/11


Mary depression is normal. Your whole body is changing inside and out physically. Spiritually it is and always will be intact. So, Mary, serve the Lord and testify to your care givers in your sickness. You may be there to reach those who haven't realized their spiritual need yet.
---Elder on 5/31/11


For those of you who never erred, cast the first stone.
---Steveng on 5/30/11

Oh man Steve!!! I was all ready to stone you, Then you go saying that!

Guess I have to toss this stone back.

BUMMER :)
---John on 5/31/11




Bless you John! :) I appreciate that. :)
---Mary on 5/31/11


Steveng:

I personally have no problems with people who make mistakes. I make enough of them myself, and as they say, "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" (and I HATE walking on broken glass).

I DO, however, take issue with people who make mistakes, yet keep insisting they never do. Such attitudes are self-righteous and hypocritical at best, and delusional at worst. In any case, they are dangerous both to those people themselves, and also to those who listen to them. There are a few people on these blogs (as Mark_V sarcastically noted in the "Harold Camping October 21 2011" blog) who believe themselves perfect. Avoid such people like the plague!
---StrongAxe on 5/30/11


G-d Bless you on your surgery!

Straight or Curly, you'll always be beautiful! :)
---John on 5/30/11


Please accept my most humble apologies for misreading Donna's post. No excuse.

For those of you who never erred, cast the first stone.
---Steveng on 5/30/11


Hi, thank you Donna and John, I appreciate the kind responses. :) I am only on Medicare so have no access to cancer centers but I do have the best oncologist around and a very good and compassionate oncology nurse. I also hope my new hair comes in straight--have always had curly lol! God bless you both :)
---Mary on 5/30/11




Steveng:

When Cluny said God works through people and medicine 99% of the time., you criticized him, saying This surely goes to show that you depend on the miracles of man (medicine and technology) than the miracles of God

Yet when Donna66 said Steveng---The results of science and technology are not "miracles"., you criticized her, saying These are indeed the miracles of man. You're just not looking outside of the box, taking things too literally. This shows how you also interpret the bible.

So which is it? Do you like "miracles of man", or not? Since you think both of them interpret the Bible incorrectly, what do YOU think the Bible says about "miracles of man"?
---StrongAxe on 5/29/11


Mary-- Just think, before long, you won't have to worry about "bad hair" days". It's actually kind of nice, for a while. If your hair has always been straight, it may even be curly when it grows back. (it's that way for some people)
Remember Jesus will be by your side throughout the surgery and afterward.(I've had the same surgery) It's tough but not more than you can handle.

It's fine to check internet sites of the cancer centers John mentions.. You will find they agree with your doctor. Don't depend on somebody else to do research for you. You need to know things for yourself and be satisfied with your own decisions.
You will find that, with Jesus, you are stronger than you ever knew!
---Donna66 on 5/29/11


Mary, please look into the alternatives. I would (or have someone) contact the top Cancer centers. Like John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Sloan Kettering. I would check their sites and NCI site.

You have to take your health in your own hands when it comes to cancer. Survivors will tell you that.

It might be better to have a friend/family do all the research for you, so you can avoid being unreasonably frightened.

Choose the best Cancer Center hospital. There is a difference.

You or someone needs to get all the information on your condition to get a cure.

I know Donna66 will agree. We both went through it and its very hard. But you need to fight/stay positive. You'll get through Cancer like Donna66 and I did! :)
---John on 5/29/11


Hi Donna, yep, cancer can be such a terribly humbling experience indeed, losing my hair and both my breasts to it soon! But I have also seen more kindness and compassion in people than I have seen in years and I am growing in my faith, praise God. :)
---Mary on 5/29/11


Cluny: "FIRST you criticize people for believing in "miracle of science/medicine."

Then you criticize Donna for NOT believing in them.

There's no pleasing you, is there?"

Boy, are you way off base upon the meaning. But what do you expect from a worldly person.
---Steveng on 5/29/11


Mary-- I too, feel that God will direct you and provide for you everything you need in this battle. You really have NO alternative but to depend on God, when the diagnosis is cancer. It is a humbling but sometimes awe-inspiring experience.
---Donna66 on 5/27/11


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Bless you Cluny! :) You are soo right :)
---Mary on 5/27/11


Cluny A thought came to me as I read about your Dad's thumb being restored by doctors. God told us to get wisdom and I think it would be a lack of wisdom to stand with a cut off thumb waiting for a miracle. I am a big believer in God using doctors and that he sets up help in a situation,to heal his people,therefore I am always praying for God to guide them. It takes faith either way one goes and I would never have anything done by a doctor which wasn't already prayed over and I was standing in faith. The wonderful thing in this time there are now doctors who pray with one before treatment.
---Darlene_1 on 5/27/11


Quite right, Mary.

Cancer cannot take away faith, joy, hope, or get between us and the love of Christ Jesus our Lord!

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/27/11


Hi, congrats Donna :) I feel I've been guided to all the right people in my cancer journey so far, have a lot yet to face coming up but am beginning to feel more confident I will win the fight! :) I believe God is leading in all this.
---Mary on 5/27/11


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\\God does miracles in every aspect of our lives. (BTW I'm 7 years cancer-free now).
---Donna66 on 5/26/11\\

Glory to God and congratulations on your remission!

Once my father had an argument with a chain saw, and it won his thumb.

There happened to be two micro-hand surgeons standing in the ER that Saturday afternoon and reattached it!

What would have happened had Dad waited for God to miraculously reattach it Himself?

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/26/11


Cluny -- I, too, have experienced similar things ...A certain specialist just "happening" to be on rotation at very the time I needed him. Then there's the cancer drug that was approved a month before I needed it (it was specifically for my rather rare type of cancer) and the day I saw the doc, a drug rep "happened" to be there, who called the drug company and got them to pay for my treatment.
God does miracles in every aspect of our lives. (BTW I'm 7 years cancer-free now).
---Donna66 on 5/26/11


\\"The miracles of science", "the miracles of medicine." These statements have been used by science writers, scientists, and journalist for hundreds of years.\\

Let's see.

FIRST you criticize people for believing in "miracle of science/medicine."

Then you criticize Donna for NOT believing in them.

There's no pleasing you, is there?

BTW--why have you not replied to my question about your own use of modern technology instead of relying upon God to fulfill your needs?

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/26/11


Donna66: "Steveng---The results of science and technology are not "miracles"."

"The miracles of science", "the miracles of medicine." These statements have been used by science writers, scientists, and journalist for hundreds of years. These are indeed the miracles of man. You're just not looking outside of the box, taking things too literally. This shows how you also interpret the bible.
---Steveng on 5/25/11


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\\ it is probably because he sees that medicine has a better "track record" than divine miracles of healing.\\

For over twenty years, I suffered occasional backaches, stomach queasiness, itchy spells, and the like.

It wasn't until I FINALLY had regular health care that the afternoon after seeing the doctor for a checkup, all these and other symptoms (that I won't describe) hit at the same time.

To make a long story short, it was gall bladder trouble.

Fortunately, I had coverage that paid for ALL the necessary tests and surgery.

Is this mere human intervention? Or is it God Himself making provision for what I needed at the time?

I'll go with #2.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/25/11


Steveng---The results of science and technology are not "miracles". They are based on cause and effect and are highly predictable (though not 100%)

A miracle, by definition is something that happens rarely by means not readily explainable. God can and does heal. Only His healing qualifies as a "miracle".

When one is really sick, he usually just wants to get well...by WHATEVER method seems most certain. If a Christian chooses medical intervention, it is probably because he sees that medicine has a better "track record" than divine miracles of healing.
---Donna66 on 5/25/11


\\We can pray to God to feed us, but it won't be that way - he may miraculously provide a job (or even money) but we still have to buy man-made groceries and use a man-made oven to cook, and man-made dishes to eat from.\\

God did rain down the manna during the wandering in the wilderness--but the Hebrews still had to gather it up and cook it. It didn't come already packaged, much less already cooked.

Of course, StongAze, this only underlines what you're saying.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/25/11


Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee, and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for by thy sorceries(pharmakeia) were all nations deceived.
This same 'pharmakeia' is translated from Modern Greek to 'pharmacies'.
Etymology Online has this as well with the definition 'the use of drugs or medicine.'
Gal 5:19-20 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these], Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft(pharmakeia), hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
---micha9344 on 5/25/11


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\\This surely goes to show that you depend on the miracles of man (medicine and technology) than the miracles of God who does not need man's medicine and technology.\\

Do you drive a car, or take public transportation, to go from place to place?

Or do you expect God to teleport you, as He did with the Deacon Philip after he baptized the Ethiopian eunuch?

In any case, if you are using a computer to communicate with me, you yourself are clearly relying on mere human technology, too, so you have no room to talk.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/24/11


Steveng:

For how many things in our lives do we rely on direct divine intervention, as opposed to normal natural laws?

Do you work for a living, or do you hold a basket out of your window and collect pennies from heaven?

There is an old Chinese proverb: "man wait long time with open mouth waiting for roast duck to fly in". We can pray to God to feed us, but it won't be that way - he may miraculously provide a job (or even money) but we still have to buy man-made groceries and use a man-made oven to cook, and man-made dishes to eat from. This is true for virtually anything in our lives. Why should health alone be different from everything else?
---StrongAxe on 5/24/11


Cluny : "God works through people and medicine 99% of the time."

This surely goes to show that you depend on the miracles of man (medicine and technology) than the miracles of God who does not need man's medicine and technology. When are you going to grow up spiritually and become a mature christian? You already know the knowledge of God now apply that knowledge and see the real power of God working through you.

Or are you afraid, like most christians, to jump from your orthodoxy into the true spiritual world?
---Steveng on 5/24/11


Thuis speaks the follower of the false prophet Camping:

\\God can diagnose anything. Your church teaches you about God,\\

I've not noticed God setting out a shingle, either.

\\ but they don't teach you the power He has\\

Which shows what you know about Orthodoxy.

You don't actually think that YOU know about the power of God, do you?

\\. If God can perform all the miracles in the bible including the creation of the universe then he certainly can cure a chemical imbalance.\\

God works through people and medicine 99% of the time.
Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/24/11


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Cluny, and all those who agree with him: "Only a physician can properly diagnose that, but rest assured that it is a CHEMICAL imbalance and NOT a moral or spiritual failure."

Is that what your worldly church teaches? Do you not believe that God can heal a chemical imbalance? Any human ailment can be healed by God.

Cluny, you said, "Only a physician can properly diagnose that..."

God can diagnose anything. Your church teaches you about God, but they don't teach you the power He has. If God can perform all the miracles in the bible including the creation of the universe then he certainly can cure a chemical imbalance.
---Steveng on 5/21/11


If you have been born again Rosey, you need to learn how to draw strength from the scriptures which are the very word of God. Read with an understanding and then put them into action. Your faith is very real and it does you no good, if you do not use it.Cry out to the Lord,sincerely and give all of your burdens,depression and concerns over to Him. Leave them with the Lord and then go find someone to bless. Perhaps you can give a small bag of groceries to a neighbor. This will take your mind off of yourself. You do not have to have a reason. Just show love and your own depression will begin to lift.
You are welcomed to contact me,if you like. I am available for friendship,prayer.Let me know. I will give you my email address. God bless you.
---Robyn on 5/20/11


goodbye, hope. may God be able to show you who Jesus and the Holy Spirit truly are.
---aka on 2/13/11


\\Cluny, I forgot to mention one other thing.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the word became flesh and dwelt amoung us.\\

Donna5535, when the Bible says that "The Word was made flesh," you don't actually think this is a metaphor for saying that Jesus is the perfect embodiment of everything in the Bible, do you?
---Cluny on 2/12/11


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Cluny -- I would probably not agree with you, had I not experienced severe clinical depression myself. But I do agree with you about scripture.

Depressed people have difficulty concentrating and also reasoning in some areas. If guilt feelings are present, as they usually are, the scripture you choose to give as providing "hope" can be turned into another burden of guilt by them. It may not make sense to you, but if there is a negative side to anything...the depressed person will find it.

One or two short, simple, carefully chosen scriptures
may not hurt, but it's better to just pray for them and let them know that you are! Keep showing that you care about them. That's something that helps more than you imagine.
---Donna66 on 2/12/11


**//all the scripture in the world will NOT help clinical depression, which is a MEDICAL problem.
And too many Christians are recovering from bad spiritual environments where spiritualese and proof-texts were thrown at them by people who thought themselves spiritually superior.
---Cluny on 2/7/11

Cluny, this PROVES how much you are carnally minded. The word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE, able to pierce through both joints and marrow and separate the soul and the spirit.**

And this bee ess that you are spewing here is PRECISELY why I labored under a burden of guilt ON TOP OF MY clinical depression for years.

This guilt was placed on me by super-spiritual people like you.

Jesus heals in different ways, Donna.
---Cluny on 2/11/11


Further thoughts for you, Donna5535.

If you were drowning, would you want me to simply read the story of Jonah to you? Or would you want me to do the carnal thing and throw you a rope or life preserver?

Or were you hungry, would you like me to quote, "Man does not live by bread alone" and verses about the glories of fasting, or would you rather be fed?

Before you answer, think what Jesus did in similar situations.

And Jesus as the Incarnate Word is not the same as the written words of the Bible. I'm sorry if you cannot see the difference.
---Cluny on 2/12/11


I know it's hard for many to believe, but for all practical purposes, if you drink 4oz. of coke, it will be as hydrating as 4oz of water..

As one who has suffered clinical depression, I will say that chemical imbalances in the brain are very deceiving. They involve minute amounts of homones, but they make you believe many untruths...the falseness of which you can't see until you begin to heal. As a Christian, you may feel abandoned by God (another lie)and it's easy to misinterpret Scripture at that time.
I'm mainly speaking from my own experience. But if you get treatment and lean hard on JESUS (despite your temporary spiritual dysfunction) you can be happy again.
---Donna66 on 2/11/11


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Rosey: Whie I have not sufferred from depression, my mother suffered from depression for several years, and my wife currently suffers

The only thing I can say is that (a) I felt great sorrow for both and (b) it is better that you be able to speak to another woman

So I am sorry to barge in, but I wanted to offer some sympathy/empathy

Blessings be always with you, Rosey!
---Peter on 2/11/11


Donna5535: in your reply to Cluny, you stated that he may think that Jesus CANNOT heal her.

My reading of Cluny's comment (he is Eastern Christian, so his views may be slightly different, but he beleivies in Jesus nonetheless) is that Cluny is not sure if Jesus WANTS right now to heal

I am SURE Cluny knows as well as we do that Jesus CAN heal anytime Jesus wants!
---Jess on 2/11/11


i was not comparing the stomach to a paint can. i was paralleling water soluble substances. Drink a good amount of water right before and during your meal. If you do not get a stomach ache, you will be hungrier sooner because the stomach has not been allowed to operate under proper conditions. i.e. you did not absorb all the nutrients...if i drink 4 ozs of Coke in my waking hours, i will be just as hydrated as if i drink water every half hour?

We are talking about depression. i agree that the body can thrive under many conditions, but there is a norm. Jesus is the Living Water...not the living gatorade or living coffee... He is also the great physician. we operate better in the most optimum conditions...i love your last paragraph.
---aka on 2/11/11


Rosey :
i lost my only child in 2002 Amber was my heart. and im a pretty strong Christian Lady, ok but i went through a depression for 3 years , whatever your case may be just remember to pray and stay close to God, you will come out of this when you get tired of were you are at, this is a healing process ok , God Bless you and i hope you depend on him and not people for your strength.
---Lea on 2/10/11


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aka -- The stomach is not like a paint can. Stomach acid is produced according to the need. It is a very strong acid! (you couldn't drink enough to dilute it much). Same with enzymes.
As for hydration, you could be well hydrated without ever drinking pain water! Your body considers water to be water, whether it comes from the tap or from beverages. But who needs all the sugar or other ingredients? Most people crave plain water if very thirsty.

God has designed our bodies to be extremely flexible, tough, and to thrive under a great variety of conditions. Your body takes care of most things quite well without your awareness or intervention.So I agree, LISTEN to your body more than to "rules" and entrust yourself to the Lord!
---Donna66 on 2/10/11


I do not know what part you mean is a wives tale, but most drinks with sugar and caffeine act as a diuretic. i am not saying do not drink them at all. i am saying that to stay properly hydrated, one should drink plenty of water as opposed to only enhanced liquid.

as far as the other tale. try adding water to water soluble paint. you will not get the same consistency or reaction (or color). The concentration of water in any water soluble-based components like digestive enzymes will alter its effectiveness.

anyway, if you properly hydrate yourself before and after a meal, you won't need to worry about trying to take care of thirst when taking care of your hunger. bon appetit!
---aka on 2/10/11


//People stating otherwise seem uncaring & uneducated.//

Hope, what i seem to others cannot be helped. people see what they want to see. and, it is a great defense mechanism too. if one does speak of dependence on Jesus (no matter what their experience) they are automatically dismissed.

i, too, was chemically imbalanced in a messed up life and took drugs rxed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists. when i was no longer in a financial state to do that, the imbalance returned. at that point, i was compelled to turn to something.

i cannot help what i have experienced in my life. it took a lot to get through. He is still working, and I cannot deny the power thereof. call me uncaring and uneducated if you need.
---aka on 2/10/11


\\2. drink 4 ounces of water (not flavored liquid like tea, caffeine, soda, lemonade, juice) every 1/2 - hour. do not take in mass liquids while dining. this dilutes digestive enzymes. 1/2 hour before and after meal. trace while eating.\\

This is an old wive's tale.

Your stomach will make as many digestive juices as needed.
---Cluny on 2/9/11


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Depression is not from a lack of faith only, but can be from a chemical imbalance that can only be corrected with meds. People stating otherwise seem uncaring & uneducated. Many things can cause this such as low vitamin D levels or low hormone levels. A doctor told me of a post-hysterectomy case that had no problem with depression until insurance quit paying for her hormone replacement. They paid for anti-depressants & even shock therapy which did not address the hormone cause. She killed herself.
---Hope on 2/10/11


rosey,

1. use the mask as long as you need. i had a chemical imbalance that was temporarily balanced by meds and now replaced by behavior modification. dependency on any drug albeit legal is only temporary and can only have temporary benefits. if you want permanent change in this lifetime, renew your mind.

2. drink 4 ounces of water (not flavored liquid like tea, caffeine, soda, lemonade, juice) every 1/2 - hour. do not take in mass liquids while dining. this dilutes digestive enzymes. 1/2 hour before and after meal. trace while eating.

3. if you start to ignore others even me, you will start learning to listen to yourself again and God too. then, you can learn to filter others once you learned to rest in Him.
---aka on 2/9/11


aka: Depression that is caused by chemical imbalances will need meds, and therapy at the same time. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is most helpful, and I use it for the renewing of the mind, and to bring my behavior in line with scripture.
---Trish9863 on 2/9/11


\\(btw - about meds - when i took them, they were a good mask. they provided temporary relief. then, at forty, i found myself not being able to afford them. then, the 'real' me came back. behavior modification is the only way, and that is by renewing the mind...imagine that.)
---aka on 2/8/11\\

If that's what worked for you, good.

But every case of clinical depression is a law unto itself.
---Cluny on 2/9/11


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rosey, at forty, i found myself totally depressed and lonely. the ironic thing is that when i stopped listening to everyone, quit comparing myself to others, and accepted depression as part of me, i was able to then put it squarely on Jesus' shoulders.
I told Him no matter why I am like i am if He wants it changed He will have to do it. at that point in my life, i had no more reliance on 'God given' abilities. slowly He started to replace me with me in Him.

(btw - about meds - when i took them, they were a good mask. they provided temporary relief. then, at forty, i found myself not being able to afford them. then, the 'real' me came back. behavior modification is the only way, and that is by renewing the mind...imagine that.)
---aka on 2/8/11


Donna5535 ... So you have never applied a plaster, never gone to the dentist, never taken an aspirin, nor sucked a lozenge to soothe your throat, nor worn an overcoat to keep out the cold? Do you wash your hands before eating? ... surely no need to do so, because prayer will save you from dirt on them.
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/8/11


Donna5535: How do you know that Jesus does not use medications and therapy to heal psychiatric disorders? How do you know that Jesus will heal every single person who asks believing? You don't, because even Paul was not healed, and he implored the Lord three times.
---Trish9863 on 2/8/11


Cluny, I forgot to mention one other thing.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the word became flesh and dwelt amoung us.

So if Jesus is the WORD and you're saying the WORD, which are the scriptures CANNOT heal her, then if Jesus can't heal her, WHO CAN? Surely not the devil. Is that what you're implying Cluny? Either MAN or the DEVIL can heal her? See how erroneous you are Cluny?
---Donna5535 on 2/8/11


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//all the scripture in the world will NOT help clinical depression, which is a MEDICAL problem.
And too many Christians are recovering from bad spiritual environments where spiritualese and proof-texts were thrown at them by people who thought themselves spiritually superior.
---Cluny on 2/7/11

Cluny, this PROVES how much you are carnally minded. The word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE, able to pierce through both joints and marrow and separate the soul and the spirit. Jesus said, My words are SPIRT and LIFE and Proverbs 4:22 says the word is able to heal you. Cluny, you just robbed someone of a blessing with your carnal minded response...that is soo sad you did that Cluny.
---Donna5535 on 2/8/11


\\Begin to study the scriptures that say, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." ...

Why are you depressed? Do you know why?
---Donna5535 on 2/7/11\\

Donna, all the scripture in the world will NOT help clinical depression, which is a MEDICAL problem.

And too many Christians are recovering from bad spiritual environments where spiritualese and proof-texts were thrown at them by people who thought themselves spiritually superior.
---Cluny on 2/7/11


Larry: Psychiatrists prescribe meds, and rarely do therapy. Psychologists and Social Workers, in addition to Counselors, do therapy.

It is important that the therapist be licensed in the state in which you live, because that proves they are qualified.

Sometimes insurance dictates who a person can see for therapy, and you can't be guaranteed a Christian.
---Trish9863 on 2/7/11


Rosey, there's Joy in the Presence of the Lord and there's Life in His Word.

Begin to study the scriptures that say, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." And Psalm 25 says, "All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful." Find scriptures that encourage you. Pray to the Lord and ask Him to reveal the root of your depression and then seek Him to deliver you from it. "Surely it is YOU oh Lord who delivers me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence."

Why are you depressed? Do you know why?
---Donna5535 on 2/7/11


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David...you gave the best answer of all the men on here.
your answer was God inspired not judgmental.
---Lea on 2/6/11

Thank you Lea
It was a deep depression during my Mid-life Crisis that brought me to the Lord, and it was my relationship with God that brought me out of it.
---David on 2/7/11


Please get closer to God and Jesus Christ, HE will grant you sufficiently all the friendship that you need and even give you extra.
---Adetunji on 2/7/11


Rosey,my prayers are with you. But do know you are not alone.Due to the rush of technology and all that entails, most people do not have a support system anymore. If ever. No one really understands like Jesus. He is our best friend.Call on Him and He will answer you. He loves you so much. But I also understand you need a warm body, someone that can hold your hand,hug you and so forth.That too is almost a rare commodity these days.But do know someone is praying for you. Even now, as I respond to your post. GBU
---Robyn on 2/6/11


\\I agree with Cluny as you should seek a physician but stay away from shrinks. Most shrinks will not counsel you toward the Lord.\\

larry, did you know that all psychiatrists ARE MDs?

And it's been my privilege to know Christian psychiatrists.
---Cluny on 2/6/11


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Jesus is a friend we can always turn to when everything feels failing.find a friend inside the church who can feed you with God's word for strengthening.its best to anchored your faith on God than people because people tend to fail people.only God never change.
---mj on 2/6/11


David...you gave the best answer of all the men on here.

your answer was God inspired not judgmental.

sometimes we all go through rough patches in our lives, losing a child can cause deep depression, but its what we do when we go through this that counts, Prayer is very powerful and reading the word of God gives us strength, hearing the word preached also build our faith. Hormone levels can cause a lot of problems esp in menopause. God Bless you lady and i pray you get to feeling better !
---Lea on 2/6/11


I've been through this. I don't know if your depression is the same as mine (it almost cost me my life). Mine was worst during menopause, but there are other symptoms then, too. I've had cancer, broken bones, several surgeries...but depression was worse than them all! It's an almost complete lack of HOPE.

You MUST find a support system. A Christian group if possible. If you can find no Christian group therapy, join a woman's bible study.
And MAKE yourself go, no matter what!

See a doctor and be fully honest with him/her. Counseling helped me, but I also needed medication for a chemical imbalance. I never thought I'd be happy again...but I am.
---Donna66 on 2/6/11


Rosey
We have all felt depression at one time or another, but How do we break the cycle of depression?
To find the answer to this question, we must ask ourselves, "What is Depression"?
Depression is lacking in Joy, and since this is true, Joy will be the cure for your depression.

Where does Joy come from?
Joy is from the Lord and we are blessed with Joy when we please God.
For instance, the Lord is pleased when we give to the Poor, homeless and the hungry.(Isaiah 58:7-9)

Rosey
What do you think changed the once greedy Billionare's into the giving philanthropist's?
---David on 2/5/11


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You're the only one like you. So, I'd say your depression is unique, included in how you are in your personality. So, I don't think there is some general way to understand your burden. But Jesus says, "'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'" (Matthew 11:28) If your depression is physical, only, then deeply you can enjoy Jesus' rest in your soul (c: If you are not spiritually enjoying God, it is not only a physical condition, and only God's power can take care of this.
---Bill_willa6989 on 2/5/11


Try to see if a local church has "Celebrate Recovery"programs which are free, chriistan based and can help you, besides the doctors office.
---candice on 2/4/11


I agree with Cluny as you should seek a physician but stay away from shrinks. Most shrinks will not counsel you toward the Lord.
If your depression is chemical see a doctor, otherwise depression is rooted in unbelief. You can't possibly believe Jesus is who he is and be depressed. There is nothing depressing about salvation now or in the future, again if the illness is not due solely to a chemical imbalance.
---larry on 2/4/11


First, get a complete physical and make sure you are healthy. Second, get a referral to a psychiatrist for an evaluation, and get on meds, if recommended. Then, get involved in a Women's Bible Study and make some friends there. Finally, see if an older, mature Christian woman would be willing to mentor/disciple you, in your relationship with the Lord. That is what has helped me.
---Trish9863 on 2/4/11


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Rosey, It could possibly be something as simple as needing your hormone levels checked. Have you had that done recently? I'm 48 & went through something similar. I'm taking the natural hormone replacement therapy & it has made all the difference. If you haven't considered this before, ask your doctor about it. It may help you feel better. Check with your doctor.
---Reba on 2/4/11


Are you suffering from clinical depression?

Only a physician can properly diagnose that, but rest assured that it is a CHEMICAL imbalance and NOT a moral or spiritual failure.
---Cluny on 2/4/11


I have dealt with depression & have little support system myself. Please feel free to email me. I must take prescription strength vitamin D due to low level & find it & B-vitamins help my mood. You might have your vitD level tested. I have heard serotonin levels are effected by estrogen levels, causing depression in post-menopausal women. A friend of mine had to start taking estrogen with anti-depressants after menopause. But all of the supplements & meds in the world cannot change the awful things in life we must deal with. Yes, we as christians should support each other in this.
---HOPE5979 on 2/4/11


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