183. Life in Depression

What does one do when depression is unrelenting and ongoing, month after month, year after year? How does one live life in depression?

After a couple years of terrible suffering and a hope that I would be struck dead by a large truck swerving into my lane on the highway, I finally came to my senses. This was no way to live. I needed something else.

That something else was Jesus Christ. I knew He was already my Savior but didn’t realize He was also the One who could heal me. When that awakening came, I held onto Him, like a man whose body is halfway down a great pit clings to the only branch that keeps him from sliding to the bottom.

My evening prayer became: “Be Thou by me, even as a mother sits by the bedside of her ailing child through the long night. Only be Thou nearer to me, even in my very soul, and watch over the world of my dreams.” I still pray that before turning in for the night and feel great peace that He is right there with me.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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One Response to 183. Life in Depression

  1. Bill Day says:

    I’m not on Facebook but I give a thumbs-up “like” to this blog. I agree that we need Jesus as much as you depicted so graphically. Sometimes it takes dire situations for us to realize that truth.

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