There are often concerns for our teens who show depression but do you experience depression?
God wants us to help our teens who are experiencing depression but He also wants us to live life “more abundantly” as found in John10:10. The Word of God doesn’t mention the word depression but God does tell us to rejoice in Philippians 4:4  How do we do that?
Depression can be very complex. It can be short lived or ongoing in your life and there are several types of depression.  If you are experiencing severe depression you need to seek the attention of a pastor or counselor.
Depression can be brought on by prescribed medicines, the weather, a circumstance such as mourning or loss of job. Perhaps you just had to move and leave your friends and support system behind.   It can also attack when we are not living according to God’s plan for our life.
Instead of working on the symptoms of depression, it would be in our better interest to figure out the cause.
Signs that you might be suffering from depression:

  1. Sadness – Maybe you can’t stop crying
  2. Anger
  3. Excessive fatigue
  4. Stressful situations are overwhelming
  5. You have lost interest in things you used to love

If you are experiencing depression you might try these suggestions:

  1. Avoid being alone. Become involved with others for the betterment of others.
  2. Listen to praise music.   God’s Word “inhabits praise” according to His Word
  3. Seek prayer from your closest friends.
  4. Read the Word and rest in His promises.
  5. Memorize the Word of God.
  6. Dwell on the positive giving thanks in everything. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.     1Thessalonians 5:18

Always, if your depression is long-lasting and you are not receiving relief, seek professional help.

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