| Mary Lawler

I just don’t want to do anything.

Why isn’t it getting any better?

I am at the end of my rope.

Nobody understands.

I wish the pain would just go away.

I can’t even think.

I’m tired all the time.

I’ve lost interest in my favs.

It’s hopeless.

                Any of these seem familiar?  Depression is a serious problem that continues to grow.  It occurs in all groups of people at all ages.  It is neither inevitable nor incurable. So, what can you do about it?

                You can do somethings on your own.  You can count your blessings, improve communication, serve someone who has less than you and do some volunteering.  Some of the same actions used to deal with stress may also help.  You can tickle a baby, spend time with a pet, exercise, journal, or organize your time and tasks. 

                It’s often reported that another person tells you to just snap out of it or get over it.  That suggests the speaker doesn’t want to deal with the depression.  They are contributing to the problem.  The last thing you need is to be told someone doesn’t care.  Some depression has a physical cause and requires medical treatment.  Teens’ hormones are especially unstable.

                Please, don’t just ignore the symptoms. Do NOT use a permanent solution to this temporary problem.  Suicide is not the answer.   There is HOPE.  God specializes in it.  Counseling will address issues that can cause depression – like anger against yourself, hopelessness, drug use, unforgiveness, trauma, a loss or losses, relationship problems, sin (yours or others) and more.  Talk with a trusted adult.  Call 1-800-suicide.  Contact Still Waters Biblical Counseling at 317 398 2575.  When someone asks for help – listen.  Get trusted adults involved like school or church counselors, parents, pastors.  This is NOT a time to keep things secret.

There’s so much more to say.  Want things to change?  Please call.  We’ll help you find hope.  Because your tomorrow depends on your participation today.


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