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        Depression
 
Ive been devoting myself to God for about a couple of months. But i fight depression everyday. All these negative thoughts just suppress me from being happy. I fear Life. i fear being alone. im a college student and i feel like im not going to have a secured job or anything.. Im really under depression but I continue to search for that day when hes going to lift off this heavy oppession off my shoulders. But its really hard right now.. sometimes talking with pastors and brothers and sister in christ its not enough to lift this depression off of me. Im so sad all the time. I feel like i have a chemical imbalance cuz of the drugs i did in the past. If anybody can help a brother in Christ please help me. I feel like im in total darkness and my mind has totally altered. But I will continue to fight this toughts everyday with the word of God and I will pray my best to build that relationship with Jesus. But I know Jesus is there and he'll lift me up one day... But for now I fight in this valley of darkness. -sigh- :(
Why me? anybody that can encourage me please help 
Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:55:52 AM   de_nova
 
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Just like the last post said, get help from the doctors but don't leave God out of it... I see this as a three handed approch... First we must be willing to get help, Second God must (and I have never seen him turn a Christian down) be willing to help and third, most often doctors are needed to help-the right doctor, I have been under the care of some pretty ugly doctors...

Pray for the right doctor to help you...
May God bless you and keep you amen... 
Sunday, August 17, 2003 3:15:15 PM methomas
 
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I am a Christian. And I suffer from depression. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is often genetic. Both of my parents have it. My grandfather committed suicide from what we know, or at any rate died in a mental hospital under unusual circumstances. Churchill, General Patton and other famous people throughout history suffered from depression. GET HELP! Pray to God and seek His word and will. But get help here, too. There are wonderful drugs that treat the chemical imbalance that causes depression. I cannot say, am not willing to say, that God did not give us doctors and medicines. Who is to say that these are not miracles of God? For those suffering from real, clinical depression, seek professional help. But do not leave God out of that help process. Pray all the time. Seek His word. He has proven over and over that He will deliver us from whatever we face, and that He will never give us more than we can handle. I speak from experience. I thought seriously about suicide, but God intervened. He loves you. That is more than enough. But you, too, must love and act.

God bless. 
Sunday, August 17, 2003 12:04:19 AM twofoldblessing
 
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You guessed right: I'm joining the club. I'm a college student too. I get depressed just like anyone else. Everyone faces these things.
For us college kids, though, it's entirely possible that what we need is the same as Elijah after the showdown on Mount Carmel...
and usually, quite a lot of it, just like him. He was told three times to rise and eat, and otherwise, spent his time there sleeping it off.
After that, he had some private time with God.
We go through a good deal of pressure in college. We face parental expectations, teachers who are too kind and thus oblige us to do better, or teachers who are unkind and thus test our tolerance, or teachers who are boring and therefore test our attention spans. People can throw lots of unpleasant words at Christians, and college is one place where people are most unrestrained. There's more, and I think you know them all, probably much better than I do.
Anyway, if you're in a spot and can't really get to sleep or eat properly, you can always try simpler things like sweet treats (chocolates help) or simply clearing your room. Alternatively, just go somewhere with space and run round the block at max speed. I doubt anyone's going to bother too much, so long as you keep from screaming. 
Wednesday, April 02, 2003 3:56:48 AM gaidin
 
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I too have been struggling with depression for most of my life. The good Lord gave us Doctors though for help. I am taking an antidepressant now and it is helping. I thank God for sending me to the Doctor and helping me with this problem. My life is changing and it really feels good to finally be free of this debilitating problem. Give God the praise when help comes in whatever form is needed. After all, it was God that sent me to the doctor for a different problem that resulted in the help for my depression. God answers our needs inn many different ways. God bless and just trust him. 
Tuesday, April 01, 2003 11:56:41 AM groadsmom
 
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[Job 23:10]But He knows the way I take; and when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
[Job 13:15]Thou He slay me, yet will I hope in Him...

I also suffer from depression. I know how difficult and how dark it can be. I also know how alone one can feel while experiencing it...especially when you can't find anyone who has been there. People who don't suffer from depression just don't seem to understand that you cannot "pull yourself out of it." I have never heard of a chemical imbalance being caused by doing drugs in the past. Are you sure that you were not self medicating for an already existing problem? No matter...Satan wants you to believe that it is your fault that you are depressed. That is a lie. Don't believe it. Also...please don't be afraid to get medical help for your depression. Depression is a physical illness...it is not just a bad attitude or an indicator of spiritual weakness as some will try to make you believe. I started taking an antidepressant about a year and a half ago. It has helped me tremendously. It is not a "false high." I feel more normal on it than off. It has not made me trust in the Lord less. In fact, it has helped my walk with the Lord. Depression makes it difficult to pray or study the word of God. Medication lifted the depression...and has made it possible to do so many things that I found impossible or very difficult at best while depressed. This is a trial. You will come forth as gold. You will be a stronger person for this. You will have love nad compassion and empathy for people who are hurting because of the depression you suffer from. Keep building that relationship with Jesus and...go see a doctor. God uses doctors to help us too! 
Thursday, March 20, 2003 9:46:31 PM guest
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