You may be asking yourself, where does depression come from, what is it, and is it normal? How do I manage depression or how do I get rid of it? Well, the good news is that a certain amount of depression is normal from time to time. Depression comes with a lot of helpful messages; even when they appear destructive and hostile. When we learn how to respond to these messages, depression can become manageable and often avoided altogether. However, there may be times when situations or life events overwhelm us, and we need help to find our way out.

When left untreated, anxiety and depression can take over a person’s identity. Imagine a person named Depression. Depression is doing his level best to meet the demands of everyone and everything around him. The problem is Tiredness, Anger, Sadness and a host of other undesirables have decided to hop on Depression’s back and ride along with him. The weight of these undesirables can make the world feel like a lonely and hostile place.  At times, the emotional and physiological effects can make depression difficult to recognize.  These effects can induce anxiety, causing one to withdrawal from normal pleasures.

This is where HOPE comes in. We want to help you to disengage the destructive messages that seem to flow out of depression. These emotional messages can disguise themselves as reality. Sorting out what is real and unreal, what is true and untrue is how you begin to unhitch theses undesirables from wreaking havoc in your life. The Bible says the Truth will set us free. This is not just any truth: it is God’s Truth.

(2 Tim 3:16) says, “All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live.

If we start examining our lives to see if our thoughts, behaviors and beliefs are aligned with the Bible, we are following in the footsteps of many noble men and women who have gone before us. John 1:1 tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Bible also tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelled among us in the man Jesus Christ.

We can start with the Words of Jesus when we examine our own life. Jesus was tempted in every way that we can be tempted and even though he did not sin, he is merciful towards us.

When you work through HOPE’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Spiritual Mentoring Program, you will see that the cornerstone of this program is God’s Word viewed through the life of Jesus Christ; for God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).

Even young people grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

ISAIAH 40:30