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How to Overcome Depression

Author: The Journey Online Team

Truth be told, pharmaceutical companies are making millions, if not billions on treating depression. What is worse are the medical warnings if you are taking some of these medications: suicidal thoughts, nightmares, erectile dysfunction, heart issues, and even death.

The Quest to Feel Normal

“Medication for depression isn’t the cure-all…”

All of this is for the sake of feeling “normal,” but if you speak to a psychologist there isn’t a “normal.” There is only “acceptable.” Taking medication for depression isn’t the cure-all but simply masking the real reason for your depression.

They also may not take into account that depression is a natural feeling. If you recently had a death in your family, then depression is a natural feeling to experience. It’s only when you feel that you are constantly depressed that it becomes a problem, and then it starts to take over your life.

My Journey

I went through months of depression during my childhood. I tried to kill myself a few times. For me, most of my depression stemmed from feelings of hopelessness and insignificance. My daily thoughts were: “No one really cares about me so what’s the point of living?”

“No one really cares about me so what’s the point of living?”

Through most of my adolescence, I found that I began to put myself in dangerous situations. I have had guns pointed in my face on more than one occasion. The person holding the gun never knew that I was secretly hoping that they would pull the trigger and end it.

It took me a while to discover the root of my depression. I had to look at myself in the mirror and be honest about my feelings of hopelessness and insignificance. This, however, only happened after someone showed me that I had value; that I was worth something; that I would be missed.

The Problem

The root of your depression may not be hopelessness or insignificance like mine; it may be a cycle of addiction, confusion, stress, guilt, and fear. The truth that the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know is that you will continue to be depressed until you deal with the root of your depression. Their goal is to get you hooked on feeling “normal” rather than dealing with the issue.

There are other issues with taking medication for depression. If you do it long enough you will continue to take the medication, but forget the reason why you were depressed in the first place. Now you are stuck taking medication for no reason at all, other than to just feel normal. At this point, you may be able to replace your medication with a placebo and you would not know the difference, but this is only after you come down from all of the side effects. (We do not condone removing yourself from a prescribed drug without doctor supervision.)

The Solution

So how do you overcome depression without medication or a complicated process that you must remember to do every time you feel depressed? The best way to come out of depression is to replace it with peace; the kind of peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7); peace that reminds you who you are.

“Overcoming depression can be as simple as letting it go…”

You are here for a reason. You are missed and the people in your life depend on you. They depend on your love, your presence, your work, and your being there. Overcoming depression can be as simple as letting it go and letting go of the reasons to be depressed.

There is someone who will happily take your depression and give you peace and joy in its place. It is easier to exchange depression with peace and joy, rather than to just let it go. Exchanging means giving the reason for your depression away, then replacing it with something that will fulfill your life rather than empty it.

How to Exchange Your Depression

There is only one way to exchange your depression into peace, love, and joy. It is through Jesus. In the life of Christ, we can see that He was depressed: in the Garden of Gethsemane, and when Lazarus died.

“He knows how you are hurting and why you are depressed.”

Jesus knows what depression is and how it works. He knows what it’s used for. He knows how you are hurting and why you are depressed.

His death on the cross was for your depression and the reasons why you are depressed. He now only asks that you would give it to him freely. He will exchange it with His peace, His love, and His joy.

If you have tried everything to overcome your depression with no success, then try giving it to the person who will happily take it from you. You can either exchange your depression for medication or exchange it for peace, joy, and love.

If you are ready to overcome your depression, pray this prayer with me.

Jesus, I am depressed. I want to exchange my depression for your peace, your love, and your joy. I know you died on the cross for me and for the depression I am feeling. Please come into my life and replace my depression with You. Show me why I am depressed and walk me out of depression and into the fullness of life with You. Jesus, I want to exchange my depression for life with You. Amen

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