For understanding depression and those suffering with depression, much can be done to bring healing to your memories, thoughts and emotions. We must have an understanding of depression. It is when we choose not to forgive, all our other relationships become contaminated by our bitterness. We will inevitably hurt those we love most. But choosing to forgive, we are opening the door to allow God to change us as an individual.
Forgiving our offender is giving up our right to demand retribution. By forgiving the one who hurt me, I am not saying what he did was okay. Nor am I saying I am over the emotional pain. Forgiveness simply means I am willing to live with the consequences of his sin against me. I let him off my hook, but he is still answerable to God.
Forgiveness is a major and necessary step to healing. Forgiveness sets us free to move through the healing process and continue to grow as a person. It is the key to healing for all emotional wounds, but if you do not forgive you remain chained to that individual whether you realize it or not.
Depression is caused from long-lasting stresses in every area of our lives. Over-extension of ourselves, painful memories, low self-worth, change, interpersonal relationships, death of a loved one, financial reversals, deteriorating health, destructive compulsive behaviors, addictions and bitterness all contribute to depression. These stresses causing excessive anxiety for a prolonged period of time sometimes result in the depletion of chemicals in the brain. The outcome is diagnosed as clinical depression and is treated with medication.
For those suffering with depression, there is much you can do to bring healing to your memories, thoughts and emotions. Even for victims of clinical depression, medications become more effective once the emotional baggage is dealt with.
- Seek help in learning how to handle stress in healthy ways
- Maintain a healthy diet, get sufficient rest and exercise
- See a counselor or join a support group for assistance in processing past emotional trauma
- Forgive and ask for forgiveness promptly
- Build your self-worth by inserting your name in Scripture verses of your Heavenly Father’s love for you and meditating daily on them.
- See a doctor to determine if medication is necessary.
Understanding depression and recovery is a long road but with the help of your Heavenly Father, you too can have a healthier, happier life.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.Psalm 43:5
Person dealing with depression
Forgiveness is key to dealing with emotional wounds