Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The "D" Word.
Everyone cringed when I wrote that word.
One thing I have learned from my husband is to not steer away from topics no one likes to talk about. He has been talking about sex with the youth students and he hasn't been holding back much. I never would have heard some of the things he has brought up in my youth group/s growing up, BUT I wish I had. These tough topics need to be discussed.
Back to the scary "D" word.
I have had an overwhelming amount of people, books, blogs, etc. where this subject has come up and I would be lying if I said I had never felt that word in my life.
I am not a doctor, but I think there are several different "levels" of depression. I believe it can be a fleeting thing and it can also be something that sticks with you and you may need help coping with.
I have been reading Mary Beth Chapman's book "Choosing to SEE" where she talks about how she has struggled with depression for YEARS and she has had to take medication to help her. Those meds were upped when her daughter passed away. But, she says it's a constant part of who she is.
So, that is the very hard end of the spectrum.
Then, I have had friends say that because of an event/s in their lives they have had times of momentary depression. I would probably fall closer to this end of the spectrum.
Please read this:
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.