by: Steve Fawcett
‘Depression is the inability to construct a future.’
Depression is feeling really alone even when in a room with lots of people.
‘Every thought is a battle, every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.’
‘I really want to be happy, but there’s something inside me that screams: you don’t deserve it.’
‘They ask: how are you doing? But what they mean is: are you over it yet? My lips say: fine, thanks, but my eyes tell a different story, my heart sings a different tune and my soul just weeps.’
Some just need to hear: that if all you did today was to hold yourself together, I’m proud of you.
‘She was drowning, but nobody saw her struggle.’
Depression is epidemic. It used to be that 1 of every 18 adults, suffers from a more serious depression, now it's a problem that is on the rise in these covid-19 days. The fast pace of life, the breakdown of traditional values, the uncertainty of life along with its many disappointments, the business lockdowns, the constant beating of the fear-drums by our godless society, the staying at home and not really living life, are all taking their toll on us as we deal with losses of so many kinds.
Some of these losses we can put our finger on, such as a loss of a job or friends or health, others are much more abstract, such as a loss of personal worth or a feeling of being out of control. The casting aside of the Word of God, the rioting and looting, the lives lost, you could say have created their own great depression.
The economic impact of all this has been staggering. So many lives have been upended and disrupted so severely that many families are disintegrating under the strain. We know that suicides and mental health issues of all kinds are way up as people have been forced to stay home, stay out of school and basically told to not come out until you’re told to. So now we see depression all over, even amongst friends and family.
Depression has no respect for age, gender or occupation. We are actually seeing an alarming rise amongst children of depression. Also, nothing is as tough to fight as depression. For some, it comes on quickly, for others it slowly creeps up on them over many months until when they finally realize it, they have become too weak to fight it and their brains too fogged to understand it.
Depression also has no respect for if you are a Christian or not. Many Christians think they should be able to just pray and snap out of it. It usually doesn’t work quite like that. Fortunately, God does provide all kinds of resources to help us cope with all this. I would not want to be a non-Christian and go through a serious depression. Ps. 42:11: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”