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I am really depressed and I don’t know what to do anymore.

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Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you are suffering in this way; as one who has also suffered depression and stress at different times in my life, I empathise with you, but I pray that I may be able to offer you some hope and encouragement through my words today.

The Bible doesn’t use the word ‘depression’ but rather refers to this condition in various ways as: downcast, sad, forlorn, discouraged, downhearted, mourning, troubled, miserable, despairing, and broken-hearted. Indeed, there are a number of people in the Bible who suffered in this way and for different reasons. For example: Moses; David; King Saul; Naomi- mother in law of Ruth; the prophet Jeremiah and Job to name a few, so it is true of depression that it can strike anyone at anytime, from the lowly to the great and it is therefore no respecter of people.

You haven’t been specific about the cause of your depression- it may be you are not sure either- and there are of course many reasons why someone will become depressed, for example, the Bible says hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). Wherever possible then, I would suggest it is good to try and find the root of our suffering, and there are many gifted and trained counsellors who may help in this respect. Is it possible you have been hoping and praying, perhaps for years, for something that just hasn’t happened? Or perhaps it is that you have suffered an illness or a loss, either through the death of a loved one or divorce; loss of a job or a home? These things are all common to being human and these, along with any number of other things, can trigger feelings of depression and discouragement.

Often when depression strikes it can cause the person to withdraw from others; such isolation I can tell you from experience may further compound the situation.

So, I would suggest if at all possible, that you to share your feelings with a trusted friend or pastor; at the very least they can pray for you. Don’t forget also that as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have an enemy who would seek to take advantage of our feelings of discouragement, and we are most at risk of satan’s attacks when isolated from others. However, I want to tell you that the very fact that you are seeking help by asking us this question is a very good sign.

I also encourage you to speak to your local medical professional who will be able to give you a medical diagnosis.

There are many who would turn to medication to relieve their feelings of depression and depending upon the depth of your condition and whether your condition is due to an imbalance of hormones or other physical related imbalance, I would suggest this can be helpful, even essential and may be something to consider.

So, what does God and His Word have to say about depression? Interestingly, He does not condemn people for having these feelings of sadness and despair, but rather, He acts with compassion and mercy for those who will cry out to Him, just as we would expect from a loving Heavenly Father. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18); God offers hope to us in the very midst of our suffering. The apostle Paul testifies to this by saying, praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God ( 2 Corinthians 1:3-4). For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus (2 Corinthians 7:5-7)

King David had many occasions to be troubled and recorded his feelings for us in the Psalms for our encouragement. His remedy for his soul sickness he declares: why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God (Psalm 42:11). So the Word of God is very clear: when depression hits, cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Hold on to this truth and fix your eyes on God.

In summary then: beware of isolation and get others to pray for you; seek to find the root cause and get professional and medical help where appropriate; more than anything, put your hope and trust in our compassionate, Almighty God who cares for you.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • 1 Kings 19:4-5
  • 1 Samuel 30:6
  • Psalm 40:1

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