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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. 


Katherine Scott Jones shares how God used His Word and the gift of His truth to speak radically transforming assurance into the difficult circumstances of life. Read more

Faith

Deciding whether medication is needed to manage our moods is an important decision. Explore these common myths of medications and side effects. Read more

Mental Health

What role does medication play in helping to restore and maintain healthy emotions? Read more

Mental Health

Joni Eareckson Tada share’s her lessons from a hospital bed; encouraging each of us as we struggle through our own hardships and heartaches. Read more

Hope in Difficult Times

The stigma attached to depression, even within the faith community, can be more scary than the depression itself. Read more

Depression

To understand depression and help prevent suicide among people we know and love, it’s important to know the warning signs. Read more

Depression

The response of the healthy spouse can be the difference between despair and hope. Read more

Depression

A wife of 47 years shares what she’s learned from living with someone who is depressed. Read more

Mental Health

What does a Christian woman do when life gets too hard - when even getting out of bed seems abundantly out of the question? Read more

Tough Times

Depression in males is rising and countless wives face the challenge of trying to help a spouse who’s in emotional turmoil. Read more

Mental Health

Emotional wounds leave scars that sometimes itch. Past painful episodes subtly shape our attitudes and behaviors for years to come. We need God's help for the healing of memories. Read more

Emotional Health

Depression in males is on the rise. If your husband struggles with depression, there is help, there is hope, and there are ways you can support your spouse - and yourself. Read more

Depression

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

Mental Health

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

Mental Health

There are general principles we can put into practice when facing depression. Even in the midst of darkness there is HOPE! Read 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. Read more

Mental Health

How do you recognize depression? What are the symptoms? When should you get help? These depression resources may help with these questions. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Mental Health