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Overcoming depression - are you up to it?
by Bread Of Life on 19 Oct 2013 permalink
Feeling trapped in a situation you cannot control? Lacking a reason to press on with life and live to the max? It's your call. Obstacles are only there to test your metal.
Depression creeps on you like a bad smell. You may have noticed some erratic sleep behaviour, some apathy, loss of appetite, loss of sex drive, unkempt appearance, many physical ailments. On the emotional side you may experience loss of affection, sadness, an involuntary tendency to cry, hostility, irritability, anxiety, fear, worry, hopelessness.
The triggers that can bring a depression are disappointment, lack of self-esteem, unfair comparisons, being trapped in an intolerable situation, sickness, an improper reaction to a traumatic experience, lack of worthwhile goals.
Here is a list of 20 questions to see if you suffer from the condition known as "depression":
Are you tired much of the time?
Are you unable to find activities that really interest you?
Do you have difficulty making decisions?
Do you withdraw from sex?
Do you dislike the way you look?
Do you blame yourself when something goes wrong?
Do you doubt your circumstances will improve in the future?
Do you think about killing yourself?
Do you have difficulty sleeping?
Do you cry for no apparent reason?
Do you find it difficult to sleep at night?
Does your work bore you stiff?
Do you worry about circumstances beyond your control?
Do you worry about the decline in your physical appearance?
Do you get no satisfaction from everyday activities?
Do you dislike going out after work or on weekends?
Do you get irritable with family and friends?
Are you sensitive to criticism?
Are you really unhappy?
Do you dislike being around other people?
If you answered yes to more than a third of these questions and this is going on for more than two weeks you need to climb out of that hole you're in.
If you current condition is not the result of grieving the loss of a loved one, divorce, loss of a career, loss of your life investment, a move to a foreign city, etc... then you need a medical examination to uncover a physical condition.
Depression can also be a very convenient cover-up for the lack of guts to face up to a new challenge in your life. You need to have a good self-talk in the mirror and get over it. Depression could also be God induced. Your Creator is calling you to account as there is a God-shaped hole in your heart that nothing else cal fill up. Sometimes He would allow you to go way down to experience how hopeless you are on your own so you can truly appreciate the redemptive work for you of Jesus Christ at Calvary.
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