Morning arrives and a new day begins. I wonder if this is a day filled with joy or a day filled with worry and sadness?
I focus on my morning prayers and believe the day will be a good one.
Various things can cause my depression to arise. From worries to painful memories to unknown reasons, depression can arrive at any time.
How I deal with that depression is important. I’ve been taught ways of handling my depression and I know to ask for help when needed.
My doctors have given me coping methods and at times medication is needed. I am thankful for the wisdom of caregivers who understand this medical condition.
My husband has learned ways to help me, too. He often recognizes my symptoms before I recognize them. He notices my breathing patterns, my voice, my actions and more.
He has been taught how to help me when depression sets in.
Years ago, a person who did not know about depression made a hurtful comment to me. “What do you have to be depressed about? You have everything.”
That person was unaware of my depression is a medical condition, not an emotional upset.
I tried to explain how depression is not something I chose.
After a lengthy conversation, I believe the person was more understanding of everyone.
My family members and most of my friends know depression can arrive at any moment. They are aware of the warning signs.
My husband is especially alert to anything that may be different in my mood and body language.
He is caring and supportive. He is ready at any moment to help me or to get me the help I need.
When I am depressed, my husband and family provide understanding and support through their words and actions. If I have to miss an event or am not ready to chat, they understand. This care and understanding has developed over the years and I appreciate their love and support.
Living with someone who has depression means each day can bring something different. Compassion and care are key to helping.
How can you help someone who has depression? Share your thoughts.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book “Licky the Lizard: was released in 2018.