Have you ever gone through a situation so painful that you thought you might not recover?
Depression hurts in so many different ways, and the pain and emotional turmoil, to a very large degree, can feel like a broken heart. The scriptures attest to this in the Psalms, where we read, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13, NIV).
“No one understands.”
“I’m all alone.”
“I can’t risk sharing my pain with anyone.”
Have you ever had thoughts like those before? I have. Can I tell you a secret? Those aren’t your thoughts. Those are thoughts whispered to you by an enemy who seeks to steal from you, kill you, and destroy your very being. He is a liar and he hates you. He only wants to hurt you and if he can do it by lying to you and convincing you that you are alone and that no one understands you and your pain, then he will. [more]
Life has been extremely stressful lately, throwing punches from every direction. It has seemed that every time I’ve managed to duck and roll, as soon as I turned, another punch came from another turn leaving me physically spent and emotionally weary. When life gets that way, I know that I must choose to rest: both physically and on God. [more]
“It’s a little like being blind….it’s hard to relate and understand what it’s like if you haven’t ever experienced it,” relayed the wife of one of my male patients who suffered from depression.
So many friends and family members relay the same sentiment: they want to help but it’s hard for them to understand what it’s like to suffer from depression since they themselves have never suffered. And yet, what an individual suffering from depression needs to know is that they aren’t alone and someone does care. [more]