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Battling Depression

Battling Depression

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps.  Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.  True clinical depression; however, is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.

Depression is fast becoming an epidemic with the expectation that by the year 2020, 1 out of 3 people will be suffering from its crippling affects. Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.

Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you.  People who are battling depression usually see everything with a more negative attitude.  They cannot imagine that any problem or situation can be solved in a positive way.

This can all seem hopeless.  Know that you are not alone.  There is hope!  Just Between Us (JBU)  has put together resources to help you or someone you know to better cope with battling depression and find support.  

In the below articles, we'll introduce you to women battling depression and what it looks like for each of them in the hopes that if you’re struggling with depression, you will be encouraged that you are not alone. Then we’ll walk you through what depression is, who gets it, how serious it can get, some of the causes, the different types of depression, and how it can be treated. Finally, we’ll give you some resources for helping yourself and others through depression. There is a great deal of hope in treating depression today. People can lead fulfilling and successful lives with the right treatment, and many can even completely recover from it. The first steps are in education and understanding so those suffering from it can get the very best help possible in an environment of love and grace.  


Also, the JUST BETWEEN US  book series presents...

Hope in the Darkness:  Understanding Depression and Suicide

This booklet is part of the Best of Just Between Us series presented by Jill Briscoe. Today many of us are affected by depression - and suicide. There is stigma and pain that surrounds mental illness. Dealing with it makes us feel lost at sea, alone in a raging storm. But God's light can shine through the storm, directing us to a safe haven. In these 10 chapters, you'll read personal stories shedding light on depression and suicide, both from those who have walked in your shoes and from the experts. You'll learn how you can find help and hope in the darkness. 


Is my teen depressed or just being a teenager? A parent's guide to teenage depression. more

Mental Health

God can give you help and healing as you turn to Him and look to others for help. more

Mental Health

There are many faces of depression. Many people are genetically prone to depression. It does not mean a lack of faith if one struggles with and needs intervention for depression. more

Mental Health

General principles to put into practice to find hope even when facing depression. more

Mental Health

Depression does not have to end your life. I am healing and each day my intent is to stay positive and trust in God’s faithfulness. more

Mental Health

Christian resources for depression education and support. more

Mental Health

In my ongoing struggle with depression the voice of despair insists that the darkness is inevitable. The voice of faith points me to God and asserting that hope will have the last word. more

Mental Health

A look at the causes, types, and treatment of depression, with a special focus on understanding depression and its effect on a person’s spiritual walk. more

Mental Health

Depression isn't always easy to understand, but we can offer companionship to those adrift on its turbulent waters. more

Mental Health

Thrust into a family mental health crisis, I was completely unprepared for how to deal with it. It is my hope that some of the things I’ve learned in walking through this crisis will help you. more

Mental Health

One of the best ways to prevent suicide is by making it safe for a person in despair to talk about their feelings and to connect them with helpful resources. more

Mental Health

One woman's journey after her mother's suicide. God can bring healing from the brokenness left behind. more

Mental Health

Jesus is the One who is in charge of life and death, and the modern idea that human beings have the “right to die” when, where, and how they choose finds no place in the purposes of God. more

Mental Health

Understanding the anatomy of suicide gives us better tools to help others (and ourselves) in its prevention. more

Mental Health

Born with Spina Bifida, Adriana Hayes realized that only Christ could understand her pain, and only He could turn her emotional and physical brokenness into beauty. more

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