Helpful Tips for the Clinically Depressed

Author James Watkins struggles with being clinically depressed, and recently wrote a letter to a friend who also struggles.

James Watkins

That clinically depressed friend asked Jim for helpful suggestions, so Jim wrote:

First, as someone who has struggled with clinical depression for virtually all my life, I understand the deep, dark hole. And, as early as elementary school I, too, have been tormented by thoughts of suicide. (The only thing that kept me from attempting suicide was knowing that if I did, my parents would kill me!)

And what makes it worse is feeling depressed when things are going well. Then I pile on myself guilt and self-loathing for feeling depressed when things are going well!

 Second, I want to assure you there IS hope. Here are some things I’ve found helpful.

  •  See a doctor as soon as possible. If you feel you can’t afford it, call your county health department. There are free services in every community. If it is clinical depression, there’s medication. For instance, yesterday morning I woke up feeling SO depressed and suicidal. I realized I had forgotten to take my meds the day before. Anti-depressants do make a huge improvement! (You may have to try several different meds before you find the one that works for you and the one without some of the unpleasant side effects, but keep trying.)
  •  Talk to a trained professional. Again, if you feel you can’t afford it, call your county health department. There are free mental health services available. I have benefited greatly from therapy.
  • Consider a support group. You say you have no friends or family to turn to. You’ll find support and encouragement–and realize you’re NOT alone in your feelings. There are even online support groups, but be careful on the Internet as not all the advice is helpful or accurate!

 Third, even more powerful than Prozac is prayer. Please, if you’re not in a Christ-centered church, find one and attend tomorrow. A friend, who hosts, wrote:

“I too was once discouraged to the point of suicide. What I finally learned was this: we have an enemy. Don’t let the enemy rob you of your life, hang in there. You can trust God. He will lead you through this tough time. Your future is filled with hope. Give God a chance and see! Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.”

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I know it may sound trite, but God loves you and wants to be with you through this painful journey. He really does! I KNOW that even though I don’t always FEEL it. Here’s a link to how to have a real relationship with Him.

You’re in my prayers and please call for help today . . . and keep in touch.

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