Depression from a Conqueror’s Perspective
Many think that an encounter with this 10 letter word ‘depression’ is far-fetched but it’s not.
- It’s as close as a best friend, parent, brother or sister who has lost hope in life and lost a feeling of self-worth.
- It’s as close as the most committed and jovial church member being suicidal.
- It’s as close as your celebrity crush drugging his or herself to death or a boss jumping into 3rd mainland bridge.
What then is Depression?
Depression is a common and serious mental illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
The good news is, depression can be avoided and treated. I was a victim of depression sometime in my teenage years. I later heard an on-air personality mention children can’t fall into depression. Oh Yes! they can. The MIND is the venue depression hosts it’s event.
In my opinion, anyone who is old enough to have a mind of their own and look after themselves can fall into depression. The longer you accommodate it, the more it becomes a tenant and the tougher and longer it takes to evacuate it.
My Story Summarised
The best thing you can ever do to yourself is never to fall into depression because there is no limit to the effects of being depressed. If you are depressed or know someone who is, there is HOPE.
I came out of depression without anti-depressants so I didn’t need to deal with its side effect. I came out of depression with the help of the Holy Ghost, the help and assistance of my parents and a caring sister. While it lasted for over a year, the cause-effect lasted much longer. The good news is, I have been standing free, stronger and better for over a decade.
This brings me to say that we need to spend more time on physical interactions. Spend more time caring for others, praying for them and being led by the spirit then we can identity symptoms of depression, help prevent it or cure it before it gets to a deep stage.
How To Get Out of Depression
My ultimate advice to the depressed and anyone going through any form of challenge in life is to RUN to God first. God should be your number one. Seek help from those with mature minds, caring hearts and importantly those you can trust and those who know, serve and have faith in God (Jesus Christ).
Also always surround yourself with good things and good people. Never be alone. Endeavour to be in the company of people who can distract your thoughts, which tend to always be negative in times of depression. The first step to being free from depression is to admit that you are depressed. It’s okay to seek medical help but remember “run to God first” while you seek medical help.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8
God has a big plan for your life, he loves you regardless, that’s why he said “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11
He also said “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
P.S This post was originally supposed to be an Instagram post and a bit impersonal but I think someone needs to read this. I started writing a book during my healing process several years ago. I will go back to it and share my entire story there. God help me.
Have you ever been depressed? Do you know other tips that can help the depressed? Please comment and feel free to share. This could really help someone out there.
I Love You and God Bless You.