A feeling of sadness and dejection resulting in an increasingly pessimistic outlook on life. Included in depression can be a mental dullness as demonstrated by poor concentration and a breakdown in reasoning abilities. It is usually accompanied by such symptoms as social withdrawal, decreased motivation, a deep desire to just give up and the emotions that go with that desire; sleep disturbances, increased anxiety, edginess, and critical thoughts. Some people describe depression as feeling like one is in a pit of despair and unable to climb out.- Dr. Carter and Dr. Minirth
The best way to start your journey out of your pit is to confess your feelings about being depressed to a trusted friend or counselor. It is a great help to be understood and to know that others have been where you feel you are. As you start learning that you are not alone, you will become more open to looking for alternatives for your acute or chronic symptoms.
We explore the stressors and triggers for our depression and learn how to surrender wrong choices and thought patterns. We start replacing our wrong expectations that we have misinterpreted from the world and start letting God transform our thinking with the renewing of our mind as is expressed in Romans 12:2,
and with a renewed mind we can indeed prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
With a group facilitator you are helped in conducting your personal inventory to identify stressors or triggers that throw your emotions out of balance. Some triggers for both acute and chronic depression come from misplaced expectations and suppressed hurts with which we have never been able to deal or cope. Sometimes it just takes someone outside of ourselves to help us climb out of our pit of despair. Recognizing and accepting responsibility for hanging onto faulty patterns of behavior is the first hurdle to overcome as one runs the race toward true freedom. Breaking the old patterns that have kept us locked into destructive behavior takes time. What took years to bring about will take some time to change. But with Jesus Christ and the willingness to allow Him to change our life, real freedom from depression is possible!