I often write about depression.
I say things like, “Look within yourself. Somehow you are contributing to your own depression.”
- I suggest exercise, eating healthy, trusting God.
- I suggest meditation and prayer.
- I suggest talking to a counselor or trusted friend.
- I suggest a lot of things.I still do.
I still believe every one of those aforementioned ideas can help prevent an episode or at least “quiet” one down.
I still believe antidepressants are often over prescribed.
What if it’s too late? What if we really have worked hard and yet the big IT is attaching us ferociously? If you are from the age of 40-60, this post is probably for you. Or if you’re female and your hormones are raging at another period in your life.
Let me tell you from personal experience that when I started peri-menopause, I was doing all those things. In fact, I had a busy public speaking schedule as well. My faith was strong. But still, depression and anxiety had a grip on me. I wish someone had even told me I was peri-menopausal.
I didn’t have a clue.
I know some younger women who are beating themselves up because they think they have failed to handle things without medication. This philosophy had to originate with a man and let’s be honest, most of them would never be able to handle the hormone fluctuations we women do. Many are truly understanding though. My husband always was but he still could ‘t totally understand it. How could he?
Then there are Christians of both sexes who totally disapprove of medication for emotional and/or psychological issues. I have found some of these Christians would do their families a favor if they would take something! There are all kinds of ways that people use to deal with their issues that are far more to be criticized than taking pills,
How about that more Christians than ever drink alcohol these days to handle their problems. That’s not what they admit, of course. But if you’re having to have a drink or two every night, it’s more than likely it’s more than just liking the taste. Alcohol consumption is the method many people use to deal with their stress.
I am not making a statement about whether drinking is right or wrong. I have friends that drink and those that don’t. They are all wonderful people. I’m addressing this in the context of those who are critical of Christians who take medication for depression but then resort to drinking alcohol for the same reason.
Other habits we use to calm ourselves down?….overeating, smoking, excessive devotion to sports, over-exercising, drugs, watching too much tv, the list goes on.
There are lots of ways people use to avoid facing their issues. Many of these people do, in fact, suffer from depression but they just refuse to admit it. Instead, they are short-tempered, grouchy, touchy, and overall just plain difficult to live with
So hopefully you are encouraged that you are not to be condemned if you are taking antidepressants. It may be exactly what you need for now.
God bless and have a good day.