What to Do If You’re Depressed

by Bonnie Doran

If you think you’re depressed, be sure to get help:

See your doctor. He can test for illnesses that can cause depression, such as low thyroid, mononucleosis, anemia, diabetes, and hepatitis. He can also prescribe antidepressant medication.

Talk to a pastor. The most effective treatment for depression is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Your pastor can counsel you or refer you to a trained professional.

Pray. God is neither ashamed nor embarrassed by your depression. He loves you.

Read the Psalms. The writers of these Bible prayers and songs express depression as well as God’s faithfulness in raising them out of it.

Hang on to the promise of God’s presence. “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV).