Depression The Solution

The news did a report on Andrea Yates and her subsequent killing of her five children. America was shocked concerning this news report. One of the many questions that arose from the report was: “Did her family know the seriousness of her depression?” The public also asked “Did Andrea’s husband do enough to ensure his wife’s safety and the safety of their children?” When it went to trial, the proceedings revealed that Andrea had been hospitalized for severe depression several times. Two times she was released prematurely. Her husband, Rusty, had appealed to her last doctor. He stated that Andrea needed the medication that had proven successful in the past. Andrea was left alone with the children for one hour every day. During that one hour on June 20, 2001, Andrea drowned her children.

 

The question is: “Could this have been avoided?” “Could the family have taken steps to help Andrea move from despair to the light of hope?” If they knew of the coming danger, could they have more discerning stance about her?

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” Proverbs 1:5

 

Key Verse to Memorize

 

If you are experiencing depression, recall God’s heart. Repeat the following scripture to yourself each day…

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

 

Key Passages to Read and Reread

 

We cannot choose what we inherit genetically. We can choose what we dwell on cognitively. Brain scans of those suffering with depression often show marked improvement when words of

 

-hope

-affirmation

-purpose

 

are continually reinforced. Life is a series of choices. An individual can choose today to put the Word of God into action. Note the following truths found in I Thessalonians 5:16-24:

 

-Be joyful always…Choose to write down and continue to focus on the positives in your life…v. 16

-Pray continually…Choose to talk to God about everything…v. 17

-Give thanks in all circumstances…Choose to thank God for what you are learning right now…v. 18

-Do not put out the Spirit’s fire…Choose to change when God’s Spirit convicts you to change…v. 19

-Do not treat prophecies with contempt…Choose to take God’s Word seriously…v. 20

-Choose to ask, “Is this right in God’s sight…v. 21

-Hold on to the good…Choose to do right, even when you are tempted to do wrong…v. 21

-Avoid every kind of evil…Choose to turn immediately from temptation…v. 22

-“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…Choose to see how God has “set you apart” (sanctified you) to be what He intended you to be…v. 23

“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless.” Choose to commit your whole being to doing what God created you to do…v. 23

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”…Choose to rely on God’s power to do what you are called to do…v. 24

As I stated earlier, ask God for revelation concerning what is in your heart. Then you will know what to pray for. Note the following prayer:

 

“Oh, Father, I come to You as Your child for help. Calm my heart. Enable me to see what I need to see. Make me aware of my need for healing, and show me Your truth. Bring to my mind any hidden hurt in my heart and the exact circumstances that caused it. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.”

 

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