“O my God, my soul is cast down within me…” (Ps. 42: 6).
There is as yet no known cure for depression, a mood disorder from which many abuse victims suffer.
Depression is a serious medical condition, and potentially fatal, as the recent death of comedian, Robin Williams illustrates. Depression sufferers should be under the care of a medical professional.
That said, here are a few practical suggestions for coping. I cannot take credit for having developed these, but I have employed them. I hope they may assist you, as well.
Whatever has caused or contributed to your depression, you are not alone. There is help available. There are people who will understand. Reach out. You are worth the effort.
1. Have a medical work-up.
Depression can be caused by a large variety of factors. Rule out such physical causes as heavy metal exposure, hypoglycemia, and drug side effects.
2. Be kind to your body.
Eat nourishing meals at regular intervals. Go to bed and rise at regular hours (even if you’re tempted to stay up all night, and wander the house). The patterned behavior will help your body (and mind) regain health.
3. Make sure of daily human contact.
The tendency will be to self-isolate. Let friends know you may not have the energy to call them. Ask that they call, text or email you. If nothing else, chat briefly with the mail carrier or store clerk.
Research increasingly points to exercise as an antidote for depression. This can involve a walk around the block or something more vigorous. As a secondary benefit, exercise will aid with sleep. Continue reading