Depression is a vicious mental illness that hinders us from living our best lives. In this video, we talk through what depression is, who it affects, and how we can get out of it.
Depression Info Video:
Depression is one of the most ubiquitous and prevalent mental health issues in the entire world.
It’s something that we have all dealt with at some point throughout our lives. And in all honesty, its something that hinders us from actually “living” our own lives.
First off, how do we define the word “depression?” There are millions of definition we could show you today, but as of right now we’ll define it as:
Having a consistent lack of joy, due to isolation, apathy, and a false sense of identity.
A recent study conducted by the anxiety and depression association of America has shown that since the year 2015 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S.
have experienced at least one major depressive episode within their freshman year of college.
It’s been estimated that 322 million people worldwide live with depression on a daily basis and that 45 million people in the US alone suffer from an anxiety disorder.
These statistics alone are enough to prove that depression is a vicious mental illness that is consuming the minds and confidence of millions of college students worldwide.
Now, the big question, how do we combat such a widely spread issue especially in the midst of our chaotic lives?
The answer isn’t simple, and in fact, if it was, depression wouldn’t be the major pandemic that it is now.
We as a website don’t have all the answers, but we have come up with a list of steps that we pray will be beneficial to you in the midst of your depressive episodes.
The first step is TALKING ABOUT IT.
For a majority of the people, including myself that have struggled in the past with depression have all voiced that this is the hardest part. Talking to someone about your problems, without feeling judged, or even selfish for speaking about what is going on in your life.
Whether it be talking to another person, or writing down how you feel. Being honest with yourself and speaking about your problems is a truly cathartic and therapeutic process that assists with taking the weight off of your shoulders.
Finding someone you can talk to a trusted friend, family member, therapist, counselor, pastor, significant other, whoever it may be is crucial when combating this issue.
Another thing I’d like to reiterate while talking about your problems is being completely authentic and open to whoever it is you are speaking with.
Keep in mind, that other people are only capable of understanding, based on how much information you give them.
Being honest with yourself and others only benefits your recovery in the end.
The second step is LISTENING. If you’re anything like me, the last thing I want to do when I’m depressed, is sit and listen to someone else’s story about how they used to be depressed, but found freedom from their depression.
Even though after your venting period, listening doesn’t seem ideal. Listening to others advice is actually one of the most valuable resources you can use in your fight.
Proverbs 8:32 says “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful.”
I’m not here to say that every single piece of advice you get, will be useful to you
But we never lose anything when we gain advice.
a community is a truly beautiful thing, and its essential for us humans to surround ourselves with people that we can trust, and lean into when we are struggling.
And lastly number three and in our opinion, the most important step: PRAYING ABOUT YOUR SITUATION.
There are so many terrible terrible things that infect our world in this day and age: Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Eating Disorders, etc.
But if there is one fact throughout this whole video that you can be sure of, it’s that, all of these terrible things that we think are unconquerable in our own lives, are conquerable by the grace of God.
Depression has no grip nor power over Jesus.
and when we pray prayers that say “help me through this situation, Jesus, I can’t do this without you.”
those prayers aren’t a sign of weakness nor defeat
but they’re actually a sign of strength and humility
Maybe you aren’t a Christian, and you’ve been dabbling around questions like “What is faith.” or “is Jesus real.”
or maybe you’re mad at God because you believe he’s put you in these situations.
The truth is, is that we can’t experience the lessons from God unless we come into the presence of God.
Exodus 33:13-14 Moses said to God
“If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
The Lord replied to Moses, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”
You see, Moses came to God in a time where He had personally grown stressed, depressed, and even began to question the Lord
He told God in verse 12
Lord, You have been telling me to take these people up to the promised land but haven’t told me whom you will send with me.
You told me that you know by name, and look favorably upon me if that is true let me know your ways.
and because of his honesty, and desire for Gods presence
God showed up.
I’m not necessarily saying that when you pray about your issues, a big celestial, cosmic being is going to appear out of thin air.
But I do know that when we Draw near to the presence of God, He will draw near to you.