I heard some news yesterday that made me sad. Depression just wrecked havoc on an individual, a family and a community. My heart breaks for everyone involved.
I’ve dealt with seasons of depression twice in my life, so I’ve researched it just enough to be totally confused at the confused state it can create in a mind.
There’s a lot of different information as to the causes/reasons for it. And there’s many different ‘solutions’ proposed. The one most repeated is the willingness to admit you are depressed and then being willing to get the help you need … whether that is meds, counseling, lifestyle changes, getting exercise, etc.
So the first step is admitting it, which was true for me both times, but the irony is that the very nature of depression is such that it makes it difficult to admit it.
So my question is … since depression can create a confused, unhealthy state in one’s mind – what can we do to prevent it from becoming too severe for ourselves and/or others?
Breast cancer creates an unhealthy state in our bodies, so after a certain age women are encouraged to do examines/screenings. Maybe someone should invent a depression examine or screening that we all take after certain times. Maybe after giving birth, after a busy season in our life, after a traumatic event or a loss, etc.
If you were inventing a depression screening – what would it look like?