Fortunately, I do not suffer from depression. I have been down and had feelings of depression. But I know I don’t suffer from “Depression”.
However, I am married to someone who does. Yep…..my husband. I’ve always known this. His family has history with depression as well.
Many times I think his addictions and depression are very parallel. Each have to be maintained, life changes, eating habits different, continued physical activity – a whole life change in order to keep at bay.
Since I have lived with someone who has depression, I know it is VERY real. I use to think – “Oh, suck it up, do something to get you out of this funk!” Nice right? NO!
I now give him room, try to be as helpful as possible and assist. Don’t get me wrong, I do get impatient (and I’m working on that too!). But I also have done, and I’m still doing, A LOT of research to know more about depression. I certainly wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy!!
This falls into the Lifelong Battle category. It’s not a quick fix. It doesn’t just “go away”. I believe it is stemmed from satan and grows. I don’t believe individuals who suffer from depression can accomplish a joyful life unless they turn it over to God. But that is not the only thing needed!
You have to feed your: Mind / Body / Soul
- Spiritual life with: God/Jesus
- Physical life with: Exercise
- Mental life with: Positive input
- Healthy life with: Nutritious food
I have lectured him on drinking diet pop:) Huge impact on depression! I won’t go into all the life-changes we have made right now. That will be later posts.
But since drinking has not been an issue – his depression has been less.
Vicodin consumption also played a major roll in his depression – both good and bad! Which makes is so much tougher to get off of.
Saboxone also plays a major roll.
All in another post:)