Depression Help – 4 Steps to Recovery

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Depression is the result of external pressure getting inside and weighing down your thoughts/emotions.

There is a depression that has its root in physical causes, such as a deficiency of certain naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, the 3 main ones being serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Sometimes, in mild cases, these chemicals can be replaced by protein drinks with tyrosine and phenalylanine. I read that the late Dr. Atkins has such a diet available. If you suspect you’re your depression is physically related rather than from circumstancial pressures, you may want to see your doctor for a blood test to determine a proper course of treatment. Probably the most common form of depression, however, is due to allowing the pressure of circumstances to conform one’s thoughts. I’ve mentioned this quote before, “Above all else, guard your heart [mind and will], for it is the wellspring of life (Prov. 4:23).” We must admit to the absolute necessity of controlling our thoughts for the wellbeing of our lives. Another passage says, “For as the thoughts of man’s heart are, so is he (Prov. 23:7).”

Thoughts form our emotions.

The other week I referred you to a new book out, called “Eight Steps to Create the Life You Want.” I quoted the premise for the chapters in this book of how the whole course of one’s life starts with the positive or negative words we speak; those words form our thoughts; our thoughts create emotions, etc. I’ll reference the post below if you still need to read it. The eight steps in this book illustrate how the whole direction of one’s life is altered by words, thoughts, and emotions. I listened to a talk today on depression by the author of that book, Creflo Dollar. He used to be a professional therapist in a ward for suicidal teens before becoming a pastor.

Here are the 4 steps Dr. Dollar mentioned for recovery from depression due to external circumstances:

1. Watch over your heart. Jesus said in Jn. 14:1, “Do not let your heart be troubled…believe in [trust in] Me.” You are not always in control of your circumstances but you can control what thoughts get into your heart [mind]. If you plant seeds or thoughts of trouble, you will grow trouble. If you plant thoughts of trust in God for what you need, you will grow peace.

This is not much different from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s “Laws of Intention” or the philosophy of the Law of Attraction. You must take responsibility for your thoughts, for positive thoughts, to properly and effectively direct the course of your life.

2. Speak to your problems instead of about your problems. In Mk. 11:23, 24, Jesus said, “I truly tell you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt at all in his heart [mind], but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason, I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe-trust and be confident-that it is granted to you, and you will receive it.” (AMP) Speak to your circumstances about how they will change; make it a one-way conversation. Do not let the circumstances speak to you.

3. If something is missing in your life, ask God for it. How do you receive? By believing when you ask that you have already received it, that God has answered. Faith is believing whether or not it looks like you have received it yet. Ask, receive, and the joy will come.
Supporting verses:
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer (Mt. 21:22).
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete (Jn. 16:24).
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1).

4. Thank God for everything that is good in your life. Thankfulness pushes back depression. If you have a job, be thankful that you do; some people do not. If you have a working car, be thankful that you do; some people do not. Be thankful for your health, home, friends, family, good weather, a day off work, etc. Expand it to anything imaginable. I had a college professor who used to say, “Be thankful for toilet tissue. I mean really!” Thank God for every aspect of His personality, such as His unending love for you, His mercy, His faithfulness, His watchfulness. Even if the worst of circumstances, there is good to be thankful for, even if it is just that you have the breath of life.

As I mentioned earlier, though this process may sound oversimplified, these religious concepts have been used by many people in secular vocations, such as Life Coaches, to achieve restoration. I’ll end with a quote by Viktor E. Frankl, an Austrian Jew who was sent to a concentration camp with his family during World War II. He discovered the truth that the ultimate freedom is the freedom to choose your attitude. Similarly, we have the freedom to choose the thoughts which create our emotions.

Frankl says, “We who lived in concentration camps can remember men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl

Click here to read the article on Determining Your Destiny which lists Creflo’s 8 steps to direct the course of your life to your goals and restoration.

If you are interested in reading the whole book, click here for 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want by Creflo A. Dollar.

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