In the previous writing, we discussed the consuming mind state of hatred, which could be considered the most destructive mind state that a person could be in because of how far the damage could go, yet I have found that depression is just as dangerous; its effect can spread from one person to the next, like a plague, and become an epidemic to those around the person depressed. It can cause great turmoil in everyone’s life that it touches, and what is worse, is that most don’t even know it’s happening. It can imitate many other things, like frustration, or an addiction as well as feed and nurture the addiction or issue of frustration in a persons life.
Like hatred, depression is usually caused by a host of different events, like a tragedy, mis-communication, abuse, lack of self love, self worth, or self understanding. It starts small, yet can end up engulfing a persons whole being until its goal is accomplished; to destroy the person utterly.It shows no mercy, and even though there are so many different anti-depressant drugs and treatments out there, can not be cured, especially when the person has no real connection with its origin. Now, I do agree with the medical world in stating that depression is a ‘disease’; as my mother would say, it is dis-easing to your health, to your family and to your life.
The word depression, is actually three words in one:
- The prefix, DE- is from the Latin origin, which means negative.
- The word PRESS- means to apply weight or pressure.
- The suffix ION- from the Latin origin as well, means, the action of, or condition of.
So if we look at this, depression is an action of applying negative weight or pressure in our thinking, which can result in the slowing of our daily activities, our interactions with others and whatever we are involved in. It is an anchor to our spirit and causes us to lose faith, hope and energy, and if not dealt with can place us in a suicidal place because what is depressions ultimate goal?
For those of you that have not dealt with a severe form of depression and wonder why people do commit suicide, understand that it is NOT necessarily because they WANT to die; it is because LIVING becomes so HARD that they want whatever relief they can find, and usually this is where the Enemy comes into play. the option of death at that point seems like the ONLY option to take. The intensity of the pain, and hopelessness becomes too great to see any other way out, and that is ALL you want; a way out. Yes, I have been down the path, and there are MANY paths that the Enemy can take you on, but the destination is always the same, to destroy you utterly.
So how can a person defeat this mind state or dis-ease? Besides the medical assistance to help squelch the physical infection of depression, one can find healing through PRAYER, SUPPORT from loved ones, and a knowledge that even though you FEEL, FEEL, FEEL, FEEL, FEEL alone, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The biggest trick of the Enemy is to convince you that there is no way out and that no one cares and that you are by yourself in your pain. That is FAR from true. The Word of God (The new testament, Hebrews Chapter 13, verse 5) declares that ‘He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you’, so in that aspect alone, there is hope. There is also many different support groups setup to give a person a sense of hope through an open ear and open heart. God has placed many people in this world out there to counteract the Enemy’s terror of depression, so healing IS possible.
I encourage anyone dealing with this mind state to seek God, seek hope and seek the help that God has provided through others. NEVER GIVE UP.