Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A different take on depression....

I have suffered from depression/anxiety really for about the past three years. It started with post-partum depression when my youngest was born and really I don't think it went away. The last year and a half, though, has been pretty rough for me. I've had a lot of change go on in my life and I haven't handled it very well, in fact for almost a year now I've been taking medicine to control it. I was very hesitant to go on medication for it, I'm not sure why, maybe I felt it would show a sign of weakness. Anyway, I still have this goal to be able to go off of it eventually, I'm just not a huge fan of medicine. So I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other day and came across a link to this magazine. The article is so worth the read, it has a totally different outlook on our "dark emotions", and I think for the most part I agree with it. I am much more hopeful after reading the article that I am in fact going to be able to go off the medicine I'm on eventually, and just work through my emotions naturally. I agree that we as a country are very much over medicated and live in this comfortable society, where pain or discomfort at any level is viewed as something we need to fix. This is the quote that caught my attention and made me read the whole article.

“When we don’t turn away from pain, we open our hearts and are more able to connect to the best part of ourselves and others–because every human being knows pain. I’m not sure what enlightenment is, but I’m sure it has something to do with turning pain into love.”
–Myriam Greenspan, from “On Moving from Grief to Gratitude”

It really coincides with this book I'm reading right now, called Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas the book is fantastic and I recommend everyone read it. The subtitle is "What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?" It has really changed the way I think about life in general, not just marriage, it's an amazing book and you don't have to be married to read it in fact if your thinking about marriage I recommend it. So many of us go into marriage with this fairytale picture of how life is going to be and those of us that are married know that is just not the case. There will always be hard times, this book helps you look at how that can bring you closer to God, and as a result strengthen your marriage.


Lottie said...

I can empathise on the anxiety front, I spend some days convinced that I'll never feel normal again... and angry at myself for taking my mental health for granted all these years. Thanks for the recommendations, definitely worth a look!

p.s. I'm jealous of your new lens!

Leigh Lear said...

It'a a great lens, everyone should have it. Also, a great book, I highly recomend it.

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