In today’s series, I am going to give you my advice on getting over the stigma associated with mental illness. Unfortunately, there may be people in your life who frown upon you getting professional help for anxiety or depression. Many of these people would say that you should be able to fix those types of “issues” on your own. Here’s why you need to ignore them!
What people fail to understand is that anxiety and depression is not just circumstantial. Although your environment can play a role in your experiences with it, anxiety and depression are also impacted by hormonal imbalances, dietary issues, reactions to certain medicines and a variety of other factors that are unique to the individual. That’s why it’s important to seek out advice from a professional, so that they can help you pinpoint exactly what is causing you to feel the way you feel.
Anxiety and depression are not new; there are many cases of them found in the Bible. My favorite book of the Bible to read through when I need encouragement is Psalms. While not all of the Psalms have a known author, we do know that many of them were written by King David. In the Psalms, King David pours out his heart to the Lord. He often times expresses his fears and feelings of despair. Psalm 143:4 says, “I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.” That sounds all too familiar. It’s safe to say King David suffered from anxiety and depression just like us.
Despite how much King David suffered, he was still called, “A man after God’s own heart.” Acts 13:22 says, “And when God had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all My will.'” David was not only considered a man after God’s own heart but it was actually through his lineage that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was born.
Please moms, don’t be ashamed if you are suffering and do not be afraid to seek help. No matter what anyone else has to say about it, you have to do what’s best for you and your family!