Crazy, Weak, and Worthless?

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“Depression.”

Even attempting to define the condition is painful for me. Our world does not accept kindly those suffering from depression. We are looked upon as a bit “crazy”; weaklings who feel sorry for ourselves; people who forget to “count their blessings.”

To feel depressed is to be “blue” day after day; to experience tiredness that never goes away, not even after ten or twelve hours of sleep; to lack energy for even the smallest of chores; to not be enthusiastic about anything; to be unable to focus or concentrate; to turn molehills into mountains; to be overly sensitive to comments.

My feelings of worthlessness and loneliness were overwhelming. Each day I would pray that God would end my life; at times I even planned how I could do this. I felt like a failure who was all alone in this world.

-Marianne

Wisdom for the Caregiver (from Marianne)

Helpful support during these times came from friends who

  • called every morning to wake me.
  • extended words of love, care, and affirmation.
  • hugged or touched me (very powerful medicine)
  • encouraged me to see a professional for help and accompanied me on the first visit.
  • invited me to walk or engage in other types of physical activity.
  • asked for my help or assistance.   These requests added to my feelings of worthiness and also acted as a welcome distraction.
  • reached out over and over again.
  • prayed for me and with me.  (A dear sister-in-law who lives a great distance away would phone and end our visit with a prayer.  This touched me greatly.)
  • gave tangible inspiration (A friend gave me a daily devotion flip booklet entitled Never Alone: Comfort in Times of Need.  I still treasure this gift.)
  • The giving of patience, love and acceptance are gifts that transmit God’s love!

For more caregiving advice on caring for individuals who are depressed – Caring for Person with Depression

 

Sherri Maat

Sherri Maat

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