The Lies Depression Tells Us

Hurry with your answer, God! I’m nearly at the end of my rope. Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me! That would be certain death. If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you. Point out the road I must travel…                     Psalm 143:7-8 (The Message)

I was talking with a client recently about her growing depression. She had recently undergone surgery, and she had some complications which eroded the small physical and emotional reserves she had. She was depressed.

I assured the client that after surgery, the trauma is not only physical, but also emotional, and even spiritual. Our mind may tell us (lies to us), as we grow in depression, that the healing will never happen, or that it will be incomplete, or that it will take forever.

I recall after my knee replacement in 2017 having a small measure of that feeling. As I saw my calf muscles atrophy, after just a week or so of inaction, I began to feel that the healing might not happen, or that it might not be complete. That led to decreased appetite and interests that I usually had. It was a minor bout of reactive depression.

That depression, I knew, had fueled irrational thinking, but I still had a little trouble shaking it. Once I got into physical therapy, and my therapist challenged me to work through the pain, I improved quickly. My goal became recovery and overcoming the physical trauma that the surgery had produced. What I also realized was that I was recovering from emotional trauma too. Not devastating trauma, or even major trauma, but trauma nonetheless.

It affected too, my spiritual vitality. I just lost my usual energy. It was when I realized that I had  control over my own recovery, and that it actually could and would happen, that I began full recovery.

Please understand, I did not suffer a lot during the process. I would not want to diminish the depression that others endure by mentioning my brief brush with it. But I did get a little taste of it, and it gave me a little more insight into what my clients deal with.

People who are depressed aren’t looking for sympathy, they look for understanding and care.

Please try to provide it for them.   

Prayer: Lord, help us to heal in all dimensions, Amen

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