I want to seriously thank everyone who has gotten involved in the conversation on this blog over the last week (on these posts: This is Serious, Through: not Out, and Clarity). Depression is a very serious and very difficult problem that many many people have to deal with on a daily basis and, for that reason, I think it is incredibly important that we make a point to try and understand it better and understand how to serve others better who suffer with it. As I have stated, I think that there is a real ignorance of the gravity of this subject matter and that ignorance has, in many cases, resulted in misunderstanding and misleading counsel on how to deal with it. It is impossible to know the magnitude of the impact that these misconceptions have had on the people who have come to us for help, many of whom feel they are running out of options. I have my ideas about how to be supportive and helpful to people who may look to me for help, but I have no surefire cure-all, and the important thing to realize is that, while it would be great to have an easy answer or quick-fix, no one does.
I appreciate those who have shared their perspective as outsiders, but I especially appreciate those who know these things all too personally and have shared with me their thoughts on the subject. Several people have contacted me in response to this series and shared with me, in varying degrees of detail, their struggles with and thoughts on depression and anxiety. I cannot thank those people enough for sharing such very personal and honest things with me that I know may cause pain and sadness just to think of and write down. I don’t know if they have found it helpful to write those things down or to share those things with another person, but if they did then I am incredibly grateful to be part of that. I pray that God will give you peace and strength as you fight this very lonely battle within your mind, and I pray that He will put people around you to love you and encourage you and point you to His love.
If you want to share anything with me about depression, whether it is your personal experiences, your opinions, or your concerns, please feel free to do so. If the blog is too public of a venue to share those things you can feel free to fill out the form on the bottom of this post labeled ANONYMOUS FORM (you can choose to fill in your name and/or email address but they are not required) which I will receive via email, it will not be posted to the blog, and share your thoughts completely anonymously.
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