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Lately there have been questions asked on our site (FAB40) about medications for depression and how you handle it and so forth.  This morning the devotion that I received  was about depression and I felt I should share with it everyone...no matter what your beliefs are.  The thought process is still the same.  For me dealing with depression at one time in my life...I believe what they are saying is very true.
Here it is:

Remedy for Depression
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
06-03-2009

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isa 61:2-3 NKJV).

A 1988 article in Psychology Today reported on an experiment involving 1700 women under stress. The women participated in various projects that involved helping other people. Within 30 days, 85 percent of the women reported that they had been relieved of stress symptoms that included “stress-related disorders such as headaches, voice loss and even pain accompanying lupus and multiple sclerosis.“*

I suspect many people could save thousands of dollars on therapy and antidepressants if they would just take time to serve others. The best way to get beyond our pain is to get outside of it. I discovered this in my own journey through a particular dark time. I decided to serve others even though I was in great emotional pain. This had a remarkable positive effect on my emotional state.

When we refocus our attention on the needs of others when we ourselves are in turmoil, it allows the burden of our circumstance to be removed from us. The more one focuses on their own problem the more likely you are to become depressed.

Isaiah understood a principle that is still valid today. If you find yourself depressed because of a circumstance in your life, take Isaiah’s advice-begin to praise the Lord in spite of the circumstances you see. Then you will see the spirit of heaviness begin to be lifted.
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When I started focusing in on others and helping other people, I found that my depression was not near as bad...and the fog began to lift.  Hope this will help some people...

Have a super day...it is your choice!!happy

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      Wittymom wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Mary, I truly believe that there is some truth to this quote:
      When we refocus our attention on the needs of others when we ourselves are in turmoil, it allows the burden of our circumstance to be removed from us. The more one focuses on their own problem the more likely you are to become depressed.
      It’s just like when some people mourn (myself included) we throw ourselves into work or family. It is the recognition that we are useful to others; that we actually have worth outside of ourselves.

      Thanks for sharing this article.



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      Mztracy wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Well in theory it sounds gr8. But in reality not always the truth.

      I do things for others daily, whether it be making a sig or a piece of jewelry or a pay it forward kind of thing. Not for money but out of friendship.

      I tried to go off my anti-d over a 2 month period and almost took my own life. MS is a chemical imbalance and a neurological disorder. And the depression that comes with it cannot be controlled by good intentions.  

      Sadly the reason I went off my meds was for the first time I listened to this kind of rhetoric. It may have been the last time if I had not gone back on them. This kind of thing can be very dangerous for people that need to take them.  

      Some are so desperate to find help from the fog they try this and end up dying. Some people feel so guilty by taking the meds, they try this and end up dying. I was almost one of those people.

      For those without a chemical imbalance that can do these things, I am so very happy for you!! God bless you!

      But, for those who need to take these meds, please do not feel guilt. Not everything can be helped by happy thoughts and helping others. If that was true I would never have gotten MS.



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      Wittymom wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Tracy very valid points since you “live it“. I surely wasn’t denouncing meds for those who need it, I was speaking for myself. I’ve never been diagnosed but have had moments where I felt engulfed, and taking myself away from myself, and focusing on other things/people has worked for me. I totally recognize that this won’t work for everyone...but worth trying for others.



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      Mztracy wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • oh i know witty! estatic

      I was referring to the author of the article. Especially when referring to MS and lupus.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I think there may be a difference in having the blues and being clinically depressed. Sometimes our expectations to feel happy all the time may be a little unreasonable, and unrealistic. But for sure, there are those whose condition warrants medical attention. If depression persists, despite your best efforts to remedy it, then it’s time to see the Doctor. My opinion, and I’m pretty much an anti-med person, but I understand there are times when that is the best recourse. I take a med for thyroid.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Thank you Mary Clark for posting an interesting and thought provoking article.

      The sad part of so many articles on depression is that the author of those articles has not lived it.

      I love this idea of serving others to help fight depression.  In theory.

      In actuallity, when I’m in the depths of depression I cannot muster up enough energy and gumption to get off the couch, much less focus my thoughts on doing something for someone else.

      I took a small dose of my own depression cure this morning.  I stopped and visited a dog I know.  There’s something very uplifting about the complete adoration that dogs give to their people.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • My only comment is “keep trying, whatever it works, don’t give up!” +++



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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Okay...believe me..this article is NOT intended for those people like you Tracy who are dealing with a disease or those who have a true chemical imbalance.  I am all for MEDs...believe me...they helped me when I truly needed them.  You go to the heart dr. when something is wrong with your heart..and if needed...you take medication to keep it regulated.  The brain is no different. When I was at my worse...I was hospitalized...so I’ve been severly depressed.  I was in group therapy for years and individual longer than that. But with MANY tools, I was able to overcome it.  I know some people are not so fortunate.    

      People suffer depression for various reasons.  There are different levels of depression..etc.  Some people are depressed because of the very reason that was stated in the article.  Something isn’t going right in their life...they dwell on it...and get self-absorbed with it..and eventually become depressed about it. I take this article to be saying...sometimes..if we quit dwelling on our own problems....and we start focusing on others...that maybe our own problems and depressed state might not be as bad.  Of course this is not intended for those who suffer from a chemical imbalance or a life threatening disease.  That is different.  

      I do know this...and I know it first hand.  You can’t depend soley on a drug to make it all better...at some point...you, the person, has to make a decison to fight...to get out of that bed...and try your hardest.  It’s extremely hard...but you have to do it.  People can make excuses all day long (and I’m not referring to those who have real medical issues..like Tracy)...as to why they don’t feel like getting out of bed.  But you have to use many tools to fight depression.  

      This article was not intended to say what YOU might be doing is not right...it’s sole purpose is to give you food for thought, but as always...please talk it over with your physician. happy



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Very informative and interesting article. Thx MC!



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      Tina Sickinger wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • Thanks for posting.

      I’m with Tracy. I suffer from clincal depressiona and there is no way I could go off of my meds. I am also a Christian. I do seek the LORD for strength.

      HE has given me the WISDOM to know that there are certain things I have to do in order to take care of myself.

      Yes, I believe GOD is still in the healing business and I pray for that daily, but until he sees fit to heal me or others around me, we have to use the brains he gave us.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • I don’t think the devotion is telling everyone to get off their meds...but to maybe lessen the state of mind that they are in.  Sometimes...for some people...like myself...you can get off your meds...along with your doctor’s approval.  I KNOW it doesn’t apply for everyone...but hey...it’s a postive way to look at things. And isn’t that the way YOU should look at things...postively?  And this devotion could also apply to people who just sit around..feeling sorry for theirselves..when they have every reason to be living...and I’m not talking about clinically depressed people...just people who are “blue“.  You have to at some point ...help yourself...no matter how sick you are.   This devotion was not advocating coming off your meds..just saying that one day...you might can.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • I agree with you MC on that point. That sometimes people (myself included) will sit in wallow in their blueness..... There are going to be people of course that will never be able to be off meds but they can benefit from a positive outlook.
      I have never been diagnosed with depression but I am sure I did experience during my mom’s illness and passing. But I was just too afraid to take anything because of all that I heard. I was not willing to take the time it took to get into my system and regulate. And my theory was if it took time to get in and caused side effects what would it do when you were taking it out???
      Plainly speaking I was too afraid to get on something that may or may not alter me....



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • BTW I am no expert so please don’t be offended.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 4, 2009
    • Thanks Vikki...that was exactly my point.  I don’t know where the coming off the meds got into all of this. It’s all about changing your attitude...your way of thinking.

      I would say that Tracy is perfect example of dealing with depression and a disease, but focusing on others.  She always seems to be upbeat and positive even though I know some days are not like that.  But for the most part...she chooses to keep going.  I think this what this devotion is talking about.  I hate to keep bringing this up but I feel like with some of you...the true message got lost in taking medication...and that was not what was intended.



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