Missing – Blog Carnival

Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: Missing.

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What Am I Missing?

Since depression became an unwanted long term guest in my life, a lot of things have gone away, some almost unnoticed, others very notably.

Some are obvious. Lack of things like

  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Energy

are well known and expected losses for those who suffer from depression but there are others some of which don’t affect everyone who has depression and some of which may come as a surprise to you.

How about

  • ability to get to sleep
  • ability to wake up
  • motivation
  • memory
  • faith
  • concentration
  • appetite
  • pleasure

All of these things take a toll on you mentally and emotionally.

Sure, you’re ‘depressed’ but that seems to be a chemical thing. What’s worse is that coupled with that clinical depression comes emotional stress caused by the things you’re missing.

It’s stressful knowing that you’re going to forget things randomly and the things you do remember you need to do you’re going to struggle to concentrate to do.

It’s stressful feeling that you’re only a fraction of the person you once were, that you’re letting yourself and your family and your friends and coworkers down because you can’t function in the way you did once.

It’s stressful and that stress, and the feelings it causes can make you more.. depressed.

Advances is modern medicine mean that there are some medicines which can really help if you’re depressed. They can give you that lift and balancing that you need to start getting back on track but if you’re only taking medication, you’re missing something.

Seeing a counselor can really help many people who are depressed.

It’s easy to just want the quick fix. Pop a pill and everything will be OK.

For most of us, that’s not how it works though.

Medical depression becomes coupled with psychological needs which you have to meet to truly be free to get back on track.

There are quite a lot of stigmas attached to taking depression meds and seeing counselors but I want to encourage you today if you’re reading this… don’t miss out on an essential part of your healing process.

If you’re only taking medication for your depression and not talking to someone about it then there’s something missing.

Trust me.

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

9 thoughts on “Missing – Blog Carnival”

  1. Peter, I had no idea that depression can affect a person in so many ways. It’s commendable that you’re sharing your own experience in order to help others.
    God bless you!

    1. Thanks, Cris.

      Depression is a killer both literally and figuratively.

      Everyone is different, obviously, and has different symptoms but depression is far more than just being ‘sad’ or ‘down’ and many people don’t realize that.

      I’m going to keep sharing as much as I can in the hope that it will help people understand the condition and maybe help them up out of it.

  2. I know it’s completely different, but I thought about my kids who have some special needs. They have a harder time with speech and cognitive reasoning among other things and we have to advocate and push for them to have the services they need in school and elsewhere. At the same time, I believe that God is touching their brains and bringing healing every step of the way.

    So to me it’s sort of like other ailments. Do whatever it takes to get better (within reason, of course), and all the while believe for a miracle. It can be a long road either way, but He is so faithful and good. Thank you, Peter.

    1. It never ceases to amaze me how hard the parents of children with special needs have to push to get their kids the services they require.

      It also never ceases to amaze me how great God is and how he can instantly heal even things that we think are completely beyond healing!

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  4. Depression and some other mental issues runs in my family. It is a life long fight to try to “be” normal. I’ve had some great break throughs with learning from counselors the specific chemical and thought patterns that add to the problems.

    I find that communicating through Bible studies and even writing are a huge help.

    Thanks for sharing.

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