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MY FAMILIAR COMPANION
I follow James Edgar Skye on his blog called Bipolar Writer James Edgar Skye.
He posted this entry in which he refers to depression as his familiar companion. In my book, How I Escaped from Depression, I refer to Depression as my old friend, just as he does. I can relate to how he expresses what depression does to him. It did so to me during the four years of my bout with clinical depression.
It’s been a while, my friend. You often leave me for small periods of time where I feel more like myself, and less like the person who has no control. You walk out just as quickly as you walk back into my life.
When you are here, I lose control. Even if its temporary.
We are old friends, who often find ourselves in the darkest of places, in the worst possible ways in the depths of my mind. I never had a relationship quite like the one that you and I have had—depression my familiar companion.
Three days ago you told me, “It’s going to be a long few days my friend.”
I didn’t believe you, and you laughed in my face. You told me we will be in a familiar place and that I would not be able to shake you.
It’s true. You never really leave me. You come into my life at the most inopportune times when I need to focus. You take that best parts of me. You take my will to be creative. To write. To function. I know I must fight you.
My familiar companion. Taking me to the deepest and darkest places of my mind. I might as well embrace you as a family member. For that is what you are to me.
HOW I ESCAPED FROM DEPRESSION
You haven’t heard from me for some time. Now that I have been free for seven years from the Depression that threatened to undo me, I feel it is time to tell my story of those awful four years from 2006 to 2010. The Amazon link above outlines what the book is about and also allows you to purchase it online.
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Some of you have told me I need to make it simpler to sign onto my new blog – The Melody of the Holy Spirit. Like provide a link and clear instructions. Here it is.
Click on this link. melody33.com. Then look on the right side of the page. Your email address will probably be shown in a box. If not, put it in and hit the subscribe button. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm the request. Hit the confirm button and you’re in business. Thanks.
Paul was speaking about salvation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when he wrote, “The old has gone the new has come.” I hope he won’t mind if I apply his message to the subject of blogs. Or, rather, I hope the Holy Spirit doesn’t mind, since He’s the one who inspired Paul to write what he wrote in the first place.
The Holy Spirit has encouraged me to write a new blog dedicated to Him, entitled The Melody of the Holy Spirit. You can visit the new site at melody33.com, and I encourage you to do so. And if you’re so inclined, I invite you to follow the new blog by subscribing to it on the right side of the page. It’s quite simple, given the wonders of technology. Your email address may even be in the box.
I thank all you, my followers, and the thousands of visits to this blog site during the three years of its existence. The present site will remain intact for at least a year, but I won’t be adding new blogs, unless something dramatic shows up on my doorstep.
A man who triumphed over depression by the grace of God
Many people have a tendency to simplify things and put them in neat little boxes, and the more complex something is the more likely they are do so. Take depression for example. Isn’t it an emotional condition for folks who have been traumatized by some event, or can’t face up to life as it really is, or who think negative thoughts all the time? Take your pick or advance another simple explanation.
But depression is complex. There is a physiological part of it, as well as psychological and spiritual components. The brain part of the equation can be a deficiency of neurotransmitters that are not respecters of being brought up well or having a positive outlook on life. The biggest cause of depression, I believe, is stress. It can cause a brain chemical imbalance in the first place and exacerbate what heredity brings to the plate. Then there are thyroid conditions, poor nutrition, chronic diseases, brain damage, and a host of other contributors.
The psychological factors that can trigger depression are more numerous than the physiological ones: the death of a child, financial ruin, job loss, divorce, negative thinking, and other pervasive and hopeless situations that make a person ripe for depression.
The spiritual causes of depression are not so easily identified or understood by the general population. Spiritual lies implanted in young children can bring about depression later as adults. A few of these: I’m not good enough, I’m a loser, my parents never loved me, God doesn’t love me, I’m worthless, and countless others.
These three causes of depression often mix together in myriad and complex ways to sink a person into deep, deep depression. The treatment for the complexity of depression, as I have said so many times. is a psychiatrist for the body, a psychotherapist for the mind and emotions, and a spiritual counselor for the soul.
Depression is predicted to be the second most common illness in the United States by 2010. Clinical depression – not situational depression – affects some 15 million adults a year. That’s a lot of people suffering with chronic symptoms, many of whom wish they had a terminal disease instead.
Ten to thirty percent of those diagnosed with clinical depression fall into the category of treatment resistant depression. For these poor souls, taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling (psychotherapy) may not help much if at all, and symptoms may improve only to keep coming back.
I’m not about to list all the options for treatment resistant depression but to suggest one way of living with it. Accept your condition as if you had diabetes, Crohn’s disease, or paralysis from the waist down, experiencing ups and downs perhaps for the rest of your life. Once you give up on finding a cure, you can experience peace amidst your great sorrow.