Beating the blues 9 – Last in series

  “Today is my birthday and I’m 85….oh no…the dyslexia has returned!! This was part of my tongue-in-cheek Facebook post today. I really did celebrate my 58th birthday. This is my last post (for now) of my ‘Depression series’ . It’s ironic to be writing about it on what has been an uplifting, encouraging and pleasurable day, […]

Beating the Blues 8 – Faith and depression ii)

Following on from my last blog, ‘Faith and depression i) I venture further into this complex issue, bringing examples of the lives of  3 great men and 1 woman who believe/d in God but who have suffered from acute depression. These were “tough” and successful people who we would assume would not be depressive and […]

Beating the Blues 7 – Depression and faith i)

  Depression and Faith……are they opposites or not? Every one of us has a measure of faith in our lives. Faith is described in Wikipedia as “confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion or view . The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, trust or belief. Through a radical encounter in September 1984, I personally placed my […]

Beating the Blues 6 – Helping loved ones through

How can I help a loved one who is depressed? To begin, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution to helping someone out of depression, Each one responds differently, but certainly the ideas below will go a long way to helping. If you know someone who is depressed, you no doubt realise, it affects you too. The most […]

Beating the Blues 5 – How to help myself

How can I help myself if I am depressed? As I mentioned in my last blog, common symptoms of depression sufferers are overwhelming feelings of  exhaustion, sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness. It may seem extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself, but as you begin to recognize your depression and begin treatment, you will start […]