Depression – a true challenge


Depression is very misunderstood and sometimes hard to explain to others, especially those who have not experienced it.  As I watched “Mark’s Story” I could relate to what he was saying.  One thing that is always painful for me when I have a significant bout with depression is the lack of feeling the Spirit in my life.  The Spirit is such a comfort for me and yet when I am experiencing depression, I can do the very same things that I normally do and not feel the same at all.  Even worse is if I start to beat myself up that there must be something wrong with me or else I would be feeling the Spirit when I read my scriptures or go to church.

depression is hard

If you have experienced this lack of the Spirit when going through depression, please be kind to yourself.  Take 15 minutes and watch this video.  I hope it will bring you comfort.

Last, I would like to offer what I have found helpful when I am in the middle of one of the above described situations.  Sometimes reading the scriptures will be hard for me.  I will hear (not literally) a condemnatory voice in my head bringing up all of the things that the scriptures are talking about that I am doing wrong.  At times like this, I read the Ensign (I especially like Latter-day Saint Voices at these times) or listen to comforting music.  I really like Peace like a River CD from Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

What I am saying is, if something makes you feel worse, even if it normally helps you, don’t do it!  Breaking the downward mental spiral is essential!  Be quiet, listen to yourself — what would you really like to do?  And then do it.  Take a warm bath, go on a walk, write in your journal, do whatever is good for you.

And again, I say be kind to yourself.  Feeling depressed can be very rough.  But we don’t have to stay there.  We can learn new patterns and new skills and work our way out of it.

Wishing all of us much peace,

Connie

3 Responses to “Depression – a true challenge”

  1. David, Williams Says:

    Wow my Connie, thank you so much for sharing! What a wonderful, well-written, helpful little article for anyone who has struggled with depression, myself included! I love you to the moon and back!

  2. Patricia Haskell Says:

    Connie. I love your view on things, I also concur completely.. I struggle with how to help others in that dark place.. Love you my friend..

  3. Connie Says:

    Love you too!