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Dealing With Depression


                                                         You are never alone. God is always near. 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5–6).



Depression: What is it?
  • It can be triggered by loss
  • It might be necessary for healing
  • Remember that recovery requires time


Symptoms of Depression
​A persistent sad, anxious, or empty feeling

• Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

• Decreased energy or increased fatigue

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

• Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting up

• Appetite change and/or weight loss or gain

• Restlessness and irritability

• Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, stomachaches, or other chronic pain

• Thoughts of death or suicide



Overcoming my Depression
  • Identify losses
  • Accept losses
  • Put losses in perspective

​What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:8

  • Learn from the depression


Depression Strategies
                   See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows lip to cause
trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

Christ is at the center of my life
                       -The key to soul-level healing is to put Jesus Christ at the center of your life.




What you can do to help yourself?
• Pray whenever you need help and comfort.  Catch Negative Thoughts. 

• Read the scriptures and other uplifting books.

• Listen to uplifting music.

• Ask for a priesthood blessing.

• Serve others. You have a lot to offer.

• Spend time with your family and friends. Let them help you.

• Take Care Of Your Body- Get Enough Sleep, Eat Healthy, Exercise.
Eat healthily.

• Find an accountability partner.

 Be patient. You’ll improve gradually once you seek treatment.

• Talk to a friend.  Connect With Others

• Try to break negative thought patterns.

• Prioritize what you need to do, and set realistic goals on a schedule you can handle.

• Start a worthwhile hobby to get your mind off things.

• Keep a journal.

• Get professional help.                                                                       
(Rising Above the Blues  by Shanna Ghaznavi  April 2002 New Era)

Use Forgiveness and the Atoning Power of the Savior. Pray daily that the Lord will heal you with that very real power.



 




Listen to the Session on Depression and Divorce with Kevin Hinckley and Christi Turley