Today was one of “those days.” Because it was one of those days, I found myself thinking about Major Clinical Depression and what I have learned and still continue to learn about the disease. This post, though random and unedited is the product of what’s on my mind today.
Here are some of the things I have discovered about “The Big D”
1. It respects no one – you can be young, middle age, older, intelligent, naive, religious, atheist, or whatever and struggle with this illness.
2. Just when you think you have it beat, sometimes it strikes again from somewhere out of no where and the battle continues
3. There is hope and those who live in depressive prone bodies can get through it and overcome
4. Some folks need medication and others do not, but all who face major clinical depression need some form of help/support
5. Cloudy, rain filled days are just plain HARD! [Hot Chocolate is necessary for me on those days]
6. Sometimes people won’t know something is wrong unless you tell them
7. Many Church communities are the worst places for those battling depression & still other Church communities are the BEST places to walk through this difficult struggle.
8. Major Clinical Depression is complex and multidimensional. Everyone will have a different experience and a different path toward wholeness
9. Prayer, great Christian psychotherapy, self care strategies, supportive/listening/patient friends (and if needed, medication), are a powerful combination on the journey through depression.
10. Silence and isolation can be deadly, courage to speak up and reach out for help is life giving.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, clinically trained counselor. If you are in need of help, please contact your physician immediately.