Many people have asked me how I came out of five years of major depression. As I look back, it was a simple path I could have traveled in a much shorter time if I knew then what I know now. That’s my purpose for writing this blog – to help others find the right path sooner rather than later. Depression is too terrible a thing to live with for five years.
When the depression first hit, I was mired in a deep pit of quicksand and unable to get my bearings. First, I needed to stabilize my body, which meant medication. Second, I needed to get beyond the symptoms treated by the medication and into the causes of the depression, which meant a psychotherapist. But I was still standing on sinking sand.
In the proper time, after I had diligently taken the first two steps, the Lord led me to the third step of His solution, and when I accepted it with all my heart, I was healed. The following words from a couple of songs express just what that solution was.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my, strength, my song.
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
And, my hope is built on nothing less.
This is the three-legged stool I keep talking about. Attention first focuses on the body, then the soul, and last of all the spirit. And the third leg is the greatest and holds the other two together. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.