A woman recently emailed me asking, When did you first realize you were clinically depressed?
Great question. My wife and I were pastoring a wonderful, growing church. I was having books published and writing cover stories for national magazines, as well as traveling around the world speaking and appearing on network TV. I had two great kids who were doing well in school. And I had great health.
But none of those things made me happy. I had absolutely no motivation to get out of bed. And all the prayer and positive thinking weren’t helping! What is wrong with me?!
Male depression doesn’t always present itself as sitting in the dark, eating one’s body weight in dark chocolate and writing really bad poetry. It’s often zero motivation to do the things you once loved.
But there is hope! Now that I’m on antidepressants, I’m doing much better. So, as the cartoon notes, don’t let well-meaning people convince you it’s a spiritual problem. It may be, but it may be a biochemical issue as real as diabetes, high blood pressure, or ED.
Here’s a helpful post on dealing with depression.
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