mental health resources

I AM NOT
A DOCTOR, NURSE, COUNSELLOR, PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOLOGIST

OR HEALTH CARE 
PRACTITIONER IN ANY WAY

OFFERING MEDICAL ADVICE

I AM
A WOMAN WHO HAS FACED THE PAIN OF:
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, BI-POLAR, AND OTHER MENTAL ILLNESSES
FROM ALMOST EVERY ANGLE;
PERSONALLY OR THROUGH THOSE CLOSEST TO ME

 

This information has been gleaned from years of dealing with mental health in my family and recently in my personal life.  I’m not a doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor or health-care practitioner in any way.   I have dedicated a page on my website for Depression help because when my daughter was going through it I didn’t have much help.  In fact, I had many family and friends who were against me addressing this issue and seeking medical intervention.  They have since grown in their understanding of mental health issues and seen the benefit of utilizing medicine and counseling, while instituting healthy habits to gain freedom from mental illness.

Please do not look to what I’ve written as medical advice…because it’s not. I’m just a girl who’s looking for answers and sharing her research.  I will continue to update this page as I endeavor to learn more.

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

NOTE TO CHRISTIANS: You might feel guilty for looking into this…You’ve probably gone to church, read your Bible, and even prayed about this…you might even quote Scripture and have verses displayed to keep you encouraged…Yet, if you still experience these symptoms, don’t feel guilty. Depression is simply a health issue and you need to seek medical help.

  • MAJOR SYMPTON OF DEPRESSION—Inability to focus/control thinking…NOT suicidal thoughts or wishing you were dead.
  • You can’t keep your mind stayed on any one thing
  • Feel like you’re in a fog
  • Consistent feelings of sadness and/or anxiety
  • Agitation, anger
  • Loss of interest in activities you enjoyed
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty enjoying good things
  • Tiredness, lack of energy
  • Sleep Issues ( Insomnia and/or Sleeping too much)
  • Persistent negative thinking you struggle to stop your brain from thinking
  • Persistent feelings of worthlessness
  • Feel numb
  • Unexplained physical illnesses
  • More common in women than in men; well statistically more women seek treatment anyways ☺
  • Sometimes (only sometimes) may not want to live
  • Severe depression may cause suicidal ideologies

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/depression-causes-symptoms-treatments-8933
https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

GREAT DEFINITIONS OF DEPRESSION I FOUND

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. Depression is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with depression cannot merely ‘pull themselves together’ and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression.

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2947

TRIGGERS FOR DEPRESSION

  • Hormonal changes (puberty, teen years with raging hormones, menopause, midlife for men)
  • Traumatic events
  • Heredity

SOME FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION THAT YOU MAY NOT NOW

Here’s some information I’ve learned along the way…

Depression is the only physical health issue that has spiritual ramifications.Anxiety left and not helped most often turns into depression because it wears the brain out…literallyDepression Causes many Heart Problems (Article from Washington Post).  Todd’s heart surgeon talked to us about this.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mental-illness-and-heart-disease-are-often-found-in-the-same-patients/2017/02/17/665e5dd0-ee1d-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.891f5f63b2aa

I’ve heard that over 25% of the population experiences clinical depression and seeks treatment.
>>>>>How many get it and struggle at home alone???
Depression is nothing to be embarrassed about.  It’s a part of life.

JUST TAKING MEDICINE DOESN’T FIX MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

We are body, soul, and spirit.  Your soul is your: mind, will, and emotions.

SEEK–WISE, EDUCATED, CLINICAL COUNSEL

We also need counsel to help break those neuro-pathways in our brain to create new ones.

dr caroline leafDr. Caroline Leaf has great teaching on brain function.

www.drleaf.com

For Christians, this is what Romans 12:2 is talking about. Transforming your mind. Medication can help you do this.

 

FINDING A COUNSELOR IS THE BEST WAY TO HELP IN THIS AREA.

START HEALTHY HABITS

  • Exercise
  • Eat Healthily
  • Get Proper Rest

Exercise sends out endorphins to help calm you.
Your brain can’t function properly without Healthy Food and a Good Night’s Rest.
You need 8 hours sleep a night.

THERE IS HELP

Here are some links you can watch/read that will be helpful.   

My interviews on TV, RADIO, PODCASTS
(I wasn’t depressed or on medication at this point or I would have talked about that)

100 Huntley Street  {About Teen Depression}

Joanne goodwinUsually, the next video that plays automatically is of Joanne Goodwin. If ever you can get to hear her speak, make sure you do!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvGuLoOB2dY

Another Interview with Joanne usually follows with Rob Melnichuk and Moira Brown (both also on 100 Huntley/Crossroads)  Show Topic:  Are we prejudice towards mental illness or just plain ignorant?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jCuxt7cAC0

www.joannegoodwin.ca

700 Club https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpuy_NksVGw&t=8s

DR. GRANT MULLENDr. Grant Mullen—BEST RESOURCE, HELP AND WISE GODLY COUNSEL

His stuff is WAY better than ANYTHING I say.
Dr. Grant Mullen used to run 100 Huntley Street’s Counseling clinic, Bayridge Counselling and is a medical doctor. Most Balanced Christian View Out There

 

https://drgrantmullen.com/


WATCH HIS VIDEOS—
THEY ARE SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND ADDRESSES FAITH, BELIEVING FOR MIRACLES AND FACING THE TRUTH OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

WHEN DO I NEED TO GO ON MEDICATION FOR A MOOD DISORDER/DEPRESSION?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKGPvvB8obw

THEN WATCH…

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO STAY ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=249&v=sC0rf8tQrxU

KEEP WATCHING 🙂

DR MICHELLE BENGSTON LOGO

DR MICHELLE BENGSTON PHOTOANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE IS MY FRIEND DR. MICHELLE BENGSTON’S SITE

She is an amazing Christian Neuropsychologist who has come through depression herself.  I know her through my involvement with Christian Women in Media (CWIMA).

www.drmichellebengtson.com

Her blogs are a great resource for encouragement:
Hope for the Hurting Blog https://drmichellebengtson.com/blog/
Ask Dr. B Blog   https://drmichellebengtson.com/ask-dr-b/

Sarah e BallMY FRIEND SARAH e. BALL CAN HELP TOO

My friend Sarah Ball is a great resource for mental health.

She too is an overcomer in this area.

Her book, online course, blog and facebook lives are helping so many!

www.saraheball.com

 

 

HERE IS ANOTHER SITE THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT HAS A BUNCH OF GREAT INFORMATION LINKS

https://www.wristband.com/content/guide-to-depression-awarness

BLOG POSTS OF MINE THAT MAY BE ENCOURAGING TO YOU

Defeating Anxiety By Counting Your Blessings

Why Experiencing Weakness After a Mountaintop Moment is Normal

Faith & Lace (Link to my daughter’s post on depression)

Happy Holiday

My prayer is that this page is a place of resource,
and source of encouragement for you!

In His Grip,
Sherry

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