Depression Help in Fairfax County
Depression is hard. It’s one of the most difficult emotions and conditions a person will have to deal with during their lifetime. Some people will never suffer from depression, while others spend a majority of their lives plagued by feelings of despair and hopelessness. The sadness can be all-consuming at times, and can leave you feeling like you have nothing left.
Depression is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: A state of feeling sad. A serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way. Despite what some people may believe, depression has been proven to be very real. It is considered a medical condition, much like Diabetes or Cancer. It can often times require medication to help treat the symptoms, therapy in the form of counseling, and medical intervention in different facets.
If you suffer from depression, have ever suffered from depression in the past, or even if you have suffered alongside someone you love who has this debilitating mental illness, you know the feelings of hopelessness. It can feel as though your entire world is crashing down all around you, and you have nowhere to run and hide to find refuge. It can feel as though there will never be a light at the end of the tunnel, and as if morning will never come. Depression can make you feel as though you can’t breathe, and like your life is coming to an end. But, the good news is this it’s not the end and depression doesn’t have to define who you are.
There’s Hope and There’s Help
Help is available. You don’t have to suffer alone or in silence. There are people who care, who want to help you fight depression and help you make it through safely to the other side. Your best life awaits you – but that means mustering the courage to fight another day.
Even in the hardest times, when all you can see is the darkness that surrounds you – remember, you are not alone and that you should never trust your feelings when you are depressed. Recognize what is real and what is a feeling. Embrace the truth, which is that these feelings of depression are only temporary, and that acting in response to these feelings in a negative way could be a devastating blow to not only yourself, but to all those who love you.
There are some things you can do to fight depression. Get outside, get some fresh air, and become more active. Physical activity releases endorphins, or the feel-good hormones, from our brains. These endorphins will naturally, without medication, fight some of the feelings and effects of depression. Exercise is all natural and is healthy for every aspect of our bodies, souls, and minds. Therefore, it’s one of the best ways to fight back against depression and take your life back. In the same light, eating a healthy diet is also very important. Studies have shown that a poor diet can contribute to your mental state and mental health. And finally, an adequate water intake will ensure you stay hydrated and healthy. This boosts your mental state and gives you natural energy at it’s best.
If you have nobody that you feel comfortable turning to during this difficult time, remember that God is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He will never leave your side, not even for a moment. He is trustworthy, he is real, and he cares – and most of all, he loves you. In the Bible, David faced depression due to his sin. In Psalm 42:5, we see just a tidbit of what depression looked like for David. Many people who suffer from depression can relate.
It states, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Even through the most trying times, David put his hope and faith in the Lord, and he praised him, trusting that God would bring him through. He wasn’t a magical man, he was a human just like you and me. God is just as available to you today as he was for David during his suffering. Call on him. He is waiting.
Vienna Presbyterian is Here to Help with Depression
It’s important to us at Vienna Presbyterian Church that you know we are here to help however we can. If you are in need of speaking with a member of our Care team, you can reach out to them here. If you are facing depression due to separation or divorce, we have staff available to be with you through our Divorce Care team. If you are facing circumstances where you have lost a loved one, our Grief team is here to help you make it through this most difficult time.
Perhaps you need someone to sit with you and just be with you to give you company. In this event, please feel free to reach out to our Stephen Ministry pastors. And finally, if you are having thoughts of suicide, please remember this. These temporary feelings will pass, and suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. There is help available through the National Suicide Hotline by calling 1-800-273-TALK(8255). You can also text the National Suicide Hotline at 741741.
Take your first step towards hope and healing today.
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December 18, 2017