Entry 35 – 2 Things Young People Must Know About Depression

Everyday, more and more young people are given over to depression. Depression has become a mental illness that continues to ravage our society, even to the point of suicide. To better increase our chances of winning over depression, here are two things that we must know:

Depression is a MENTAL WAR and CHOICE

When it comes to depression, the first thing you need to know is that depression is a mental war. The only way to win is with a strong defence and an even stronger offence. Your mind is the battle field, your mental attitude/thought pattern is your only weapon and the negative circumstances we face in life is the enemy we must win over. If your thought pattern wins, you win. If we allow that circumstance win, depression happens.

Depression arises through a negative response towards life challenges. How you respond to situations around you depend solely on your thought pattern. That’s the heart of depression; THOUGHT PATTERNS!

Thought patterns produce feelings. Feelings produce actions. Therefore, any permanent reduction in depression, must of the highest necessity deal squarely with the problem of thought patterns. Unless a persons thought pattern changes, the struggle against depression can only remain a cycle.

Depression is the result of a war lost in the mind of a person. Like HIV, E No Dey Show For Face, until the critical stage is reached. Again, like HIV that goes unnoticed till it deteriorates to AIDS, except when tested, depression can go unnoticed until the depressed person starts to show physical symptoms, cuts oneself from life or worse, commits suicide. At suicide, there is no remedy for such a person.

Depression doesn’t always equals suicide.

Depression comes in stages. Counselors around the world have identified the three stages of depression as MILD, SEVER and SERIOUS. Some people run through these stages quickly, while others go through a drawn out war. Others do win over depression and do not get to the point where suicide becomes the lasting solution with no way to turn around.

With the number of young people who go unchecked through the stages of depression and ultimately find themselves committing suicide, there’s an even greater number

who are either about getting into depression, going to the second stage of depression or are just about to make the decision between life and death. This shows us that depression certainly doesn’t have to end in suicide.

In conclusion, depression is preventable. It is possible to win over it. It is very possible to prevent suicides because of depression. If only we can begin to push forward a positive mindset and a thought pattern that wins, we can prevent depression. If we ever spot depression in people we love, we can give them gentle nudges in the right direction of a better and healthier mental attitude and thought pattern towards life. Depression is a choice, and armed with a positive thought pattern, we must choose to win!


This article was written by Orobosa Ikponmwen; connect with her on IG here

155 thoughts on “Entry 35 – 2 Things Young People Must Know About Depression

  1. As a member of the Armed Forces, Depression is a sickness/demon that I have witnessed too many times. Like you stated in your article it is an attack on our mind by the enemy.

    However we can overcome it in the name of Jesus! Romans 12:2 tell us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of our mind by fixing our attention on God! When we truly have faith in God, seek him, and know his word when the enemy play tricks on our mind we know that it is just that a lie and a trick.

    Also it is important for you not to isolate yourself! The enemy wants you alone so he can destroy you and this leads to suicide. The Bible tell us when one is alone and he fall he is in a bad place because no one can pick him up but if he has someone with him they can help him out of the traps he falls in. The Air Force calls this being a good Wingman!

    Please hear me if you are struggling confess this to someone you trust. The Bible instructs us in Jame 5:16 to confess our sins to each other so that we can pray for you and you be healed. Seek help, prayer, and you will defeat the enemy attacks in Jesus name!

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  2. Being a member of the Armed Forces Depression is a disease/demon I have witnessed too many times! It is an attack by the enemy to try and defeat you but when you Know God you realize what it is and you can stand guard against the attack and defeat it!

    Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of our mind and this is done by putting our attention on God and his will! If we do this we will not believe the lie of depression, sadness, suicide, or any other is the enemy throw at us.

    Finally, please here this! Do not isolate yourself when feeling depressed. Tell someone you trust so they can help you. In the Air Force we call this being a good Wingmen! When someone is alone they are in real big trouble because if they fall into a trap/pit there is no one there to get them out. Depression is a pit and you need someone to help you out!

    James 5:16 instructs us to confess our sins to one another so we can pray and you be healed. There is power in the prayers of a righteous person (someone made right with God through Jesus Christ) and this power can and will heal you!

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  3. Yes! “E nor dey show for face”. The seemingly happiest person around you may just be depressed. So, being more sensitive and less dismissive about the feelings of others could go a long way in helping the next person.

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  4. Sweet one. I shared thus with a psychologist friend and she says its a hit.
    For me, depression is like rust on metal, it’s dead but breathes oxygen and consumes the vital while reproducing more deads like itself

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  5. Oyegoke Mitchel Bunmi · Edit

    This is all too true. Its preventable and doesn’t have to always lead to suicide or cutting or drug abuse. Right on girl! Sharing this because more people need to hear it

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  6. Nice piece Orobosa. I have had my fair share of depression, my usual defence against it is writing or crying, after which it wears off. More often than not, I can’t give a tangible reason as why I’m sad or depressed.

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  7. So true!!
    It’s all a choice
    If we chose that our problems are challenges to make us stronger, we become better persons.
    If we choose to let these things hurt us, we ultimately lose.
    Thank you so much
    You hit the heart of it all, this is going to help a lot of persons.

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  8. So true!!
    It’s all a choice
    If we chose that our problems are challenges to make us stronger, we become better persons.
    If we choose to let these things hurt us, we ultimately lose.
    Thank you so much
    You hit the heart of it all, this is going to help a lot of persons.

    Reply

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