Depression and Anxiety

How’s that for a downer of a title? If you’re reaction to others’ mood disorders is, “Just suck it up,” you don’t suffer from them. They can’t be dismissed simply as, “the blues,” or the temporary funk of low spirits. Chronic affective disorders are physical issues, caused by screwed-up brain chemistry.

I am too familiar with depression and anxiety, having discovered after a heart attack in ’97 that I’ve always suffered from clinical depression. Too bad it took a myocardial infarction to educate me in the issue.

But don’t despair (If you’re like me, that’s hilarious advice.), there’s pharmacological help out there. But first, how’s your insurance? Don’t worry, I’m not an insurance salesman; I asked that because I discovered a marvelous medication that serves me as a very effective mood-stabilizer when used with an antidepressant (The two medications deal with two entirely different issues). It’s called Provigil, and it’s very expensive. Provigil is a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, marketed as a solution for narcolepsy, shift-work disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea. The experience is similar to that of mild amphetamines, but without the awful side-effects, like addiction. As it’s a controlled substance, getting it requires a doctor’s prescription.

Even with that panacea, though, healing my depression and anxiety requires drawing close to my Savior through almost constant prayer and Bible meditation. But don’t worry, I’m not talking about always kneeling with your hands folded, your eyes closed, and a sick-looking expression on your face. The Bible tells us, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17) If you consistently pursue that course, God’s Word will become part of your frame of reference, filling you with hope and trust in your Lord. Believe me, he works through his Word, even if you can’t find passages that apply to your specific issues.

And remember, it’s not YOUR depression and anxiety; it’s your enemy Satan’s very effective tool for dragging you down. Please don’t let it characterize or define you.


2 thoughts on “Depression and Anxiety

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I loved what you said about following and pursuing God. Being in a relationship with God isn’t just getting on your knees and praying, it’s finding joy and peace in daily choices and events. This lifestyle has helped me so greatly with my depression.

  2. Thankfully I’ve never really had to deal with chronic depression (that’s not to say I’ve never been hit with discouragement etc. from time to time of course). One thing I’m so thankful for is I discovered early on in my Christian life (due to a miraculous experience) that the Word of God is not just “words” but has supernatural power, unconditional, direct ,raw power. Praise operates in a similar way drawing power from the spiritual realm into physical manifestation. I found the aggressive application of both can cure anything from physical and mental ailments to practical problems. The most wonderful thing of all is it’s free and the only side effect is intense joy.
    This isn’t to say folks shouldn’t take their meds. but that this is well worth trying. I believe a lot of the modern surge in depression can be the result of negative or even demonic influences and what could be more positive than the word of God? (Sorry too late at night for references – my brain is already asleep).

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