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Breaking Down Depression Myths

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There’s lots of misinformation about depression. These myths can cause a person who needs help to stay silent. When you start breaking down depression myths, you realize that depression isn’t something to hide or stay silent about. Do you know what is a depression fact or myth?

7 Depression Myths

  1. Depression doesn’t affect me. In the United States, 1 in 10 people suffer with depression. But over 80% of people who suffer with symptoms of depression don’t get treatment. So the chances of knowing someone suffering with depression is actually higher. That means someone you know suffers from depression. It may even be you. Depression affects men and women, young and old, rich and poor. No one is immune.
  2. You can ‘snap out of it’. No one chooses to get depressed. You can’t just ‘snap out of it’. It’s an illness much like cancer. You wouldn’t tell someone with cancer to just snap out of it or get over it. Depression isn’t about being lazy, weak, or stupid. It’s a health problem resulting from changes in the brain because of biological or situational factors. Depression needs to be treated in order for you to feel better. Even with treatment it can take years to start feeling better.
  3. Depression will go away on its own. A nice wish. Depression doesn’t go away on its own. Even the rare few who recover from depression needed help. Depression is about negative thoughts taking over your life and soul. Negative thoughts are powerful, and it takes effort and time to turn them around. Left untreated, depression will deepen and can cause suicidal thoughts.  60-80% of people who get treatment get better. But even then depression is never cured.
  4. Talking about depression makes it worse. Talking about depression won’t make you suicidal. That’s important for both you and your loved ones to know. Talk breaks stigma, brings negative thoughts out into the open, and reconnects you with the world. Supportive, non-judgemental talk is best. If you are hesitant to talk to family members or friends, there are support groups out there who want to hear from you. Even spiritual leaders can help you.
  5. Depression isn’t a real medical problem. Depression is a real and serious medical condition. It’s not any different than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. It’s serious and can be deadly. Like all serious health problems, depression has physical symptoms. Depression can cause obesity, stroke, heart disease, and sleep disorders. Medication and cognitive therapy work best to treat depression. You can feel better if you get treatment.
  6. Depression only happens when something bad happens in your life. Depression doesn’t need a reason to start tormenting you. Depression can happen even when life seems to be going well. Depression can be genetic or caused by changes in the seasons (SAD). 1 in 10 women experiences depression in the weeks after having a baby. Some of the symptoms of depression are prolonged periods of hopelessness, sadness, and lack of interest in things you usually enjoy.
  7. Antidepressants change your personality. Antidepressants change certain chemicals in your brain. This might be scary but antidepressants are only supposed to affect certain brain chemicals to make you feel better, not change your personality. It’s true that antidepressants can make you sluggish but generally they increase your energy level from where depression has taken it down to. Antidepressants do have physical side effects so it’s important to talk to your doctor about how the medication may affect you.

You don’t need to feel overwhelmed by depression. If you are hopeless and considering hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

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5 Prayers For Healing Depression

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5 prayers for healing depression that you can use

Depression is a medical condition. But that doesn’t mean the spiritual side has to be ignored. Giving hope is a powerful way to battle depression. Praying to a Supreme Being of your choice can bolster hope that someone out there in the universe is not only paying attention to you and your troubles, but that a positive solution is possible. Prayer is both inspirational and motivational. Here are 5 prayers for healing depression.


Prayer For Healing Depression

Dear Lord, I am suffering from depression and anxiety disorder. Thank you for giving me the medical attention that has helped place my soul back into my skin. Give all of us who suffer this stress the courage and strength to trust you and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. You love and through your love all things are possible.

In Jesus’ name we praise you. Amen.

Prayer For Battling Depression

God bless all who are battling those inner demons of depression, loneliness, unworthiness, and hopelessness. Shine Your warm Heavenly Light down upon all of us. Guide us to find peace, happiness, and contentment in our lives and within ourselves. Amen.


St. Francis de Sales Prayer For Hope

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”

Prayer For Inner Peace

Heavenly Father, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can’t seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for me. I trust your Love God, and know that you will help me out of this darkness. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Please bring me clarity with the light of God.


In Your name I pray. Amen.

A Prayer For Hope

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, There are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness.

Some say that the sky is at its darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way.

I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To bask in your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and as you want it to be.


Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory.

In Your name I pray. Amen.

Please remember that prayer alone is not enough when dealing with depression. Make sure the person visits a medical professional for help.

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Depression Advice For Family

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Depression advice for family: Recognize. Talk. Listen.

Recognize Depression

It can be difficult recognizing that a loved one is depressed. After all, you see the person constantly and believe you really know him/her. Depression creeps in and before you realize, there’s something weird about your family member. Your loved one isn’t the same person you’ve known for years. It’s like he/she has been replaced with a doppelganger.


The person is tired all the time, moody, and withdrawn. When you offer to do something the person usually enjoys, he/she snaps no, and then gets into an argument with you. Your loved one may have developed weird sleep patterns – up late at night, then tired most of the day. Food is left untouched or half eaten. There’s more alcohol consumed than normal. You might notice cuts, bruising, or missing clumps of hair.

Spotting the signs of depression can be difficult. The good news is that depression can ease up with the proper treatment and support. Therapy and medication are great, but without the love and support of family, depression will suck the person down again. It’s love that really makes the difference. Knowing that someone cares, that someone is there no matter how unreasonable the depressed person gets, is what really matters. That’s why talking is important.



Start talking. Talking to the depressed person is important. It won’t make the person suicidal. In fact, talking does the opposite. Talk lets the depressed person breathe a bit as some of the pressure is verbally released. Talking reconnects the depressed person to the world. Talking can save a life.

Don’t be afraid to ask if something is wrong, or say that you’ve noticed a change. Texting, phoning, Skype – it doesn’t matter how you get in contact. Just start talking. And make sure that talk is non-judgmental. Yes, you’re freaked out and scared. You’re terrified you might say the wrong thing, nothing makes sense, and you’re overwhelmed. Patience and understanding goes a long way, even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing anything.


Try to accept your loved one without judgement and listen to what the person says. Don’t start judging everything that’s said or done. Depression is a nasty, dark world for you and your loved one. Both of you are suffering, so if you need to talk to someone about your concerns, do it. Get your loved one to see a professional. It’s not up to you to treat or cure him/her. Listening non-judgementally is as important as talking.


Listen non-judgementally. Don’t give up loving the person. He/she is still the same person, only there’s a deep inner struggle about whether to go forward or give up. Listening is being active in the person’s life. You’re an active participant when you listen to what’s said and ask questions or give comments. It gives a sense of trust and security to your loved one, knowing that it’s not him/her you don’t approve of and that you too want to see the depression gone.


Listening non-judgmentally opens the communication channels. It says, “I’m ready to listen to whatever you need to say.” Yes, it’s tough and ugly at times but what you hear is only a glimpse of the darkness the person is experiencing. Imagine how difficult it must be battling depression daily. Then realize that having someone there to listen might be the only hope the person has left.

If your loved one doesn’t feel like talking, that’s okay. Try to be patient. Knowing you’re there is what’s important. Maybe the person is ashamed, embarrassed or believes he/she is burdening you. Perhaps talking to someone who’s been at that point in depression can help. Having a safe space to talk, to be understood, and to just be can be invaluable.

Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Being close to someone who is depressed can be hard. You need to stay strong emotionally and mentally. There are excellent support services globally to help families deal with a depressed loved one. If you need to take some time out for yourself, make sure you do.



6 Myths About Depression

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There’s still lots of stigma attached to depression. Society, culture, and religion are just some influencers that affect how we treat depression. Lindsay Holmes of the Huffington Post wrote a wonderful article about myths we still hold about mental illness.


Here are 6 myths about depression we still need to break.

Myth 1: Depression is contagious.

Depression is NOT contagious! You don’t catch it from a sneeze or by touching someone. Depression isn’t a germ or virus that you catch. Nor do you catch depression by being in the same room as the person. A 2014 paper published in the journal Memory & Cognition found that people still believe mental illness is communicable from one person to another.


 While you can feel low down dealing with someone who is depressed, it’s more that you are affected by the emotions than actually catching some illness. Emotions are known to influence people. But acting like depression is contagious will lead to feelings of isolation for the depressed person.

Myth 2: Depression means violence.

Many people still blame mental illness for horrific tragedies. Just listen to news commentators each time there’s a tragedy. The first question they ask is, “Did the person suffer from mental illness or depression?” If the person was depressed, there’s no pity. The person is judged as crazy or psychotic. Even the words ‘crazy’ and ‘psychotic’ are incorrectly used by reporters either because they don’t know better or it makes a better headline grabber. The belief depression means violence perpetuates a stigma that’s not easy to shed.


But here’s the reality: A mental health disorder does not mean that someone is going to commit a violent act. In fact, a 2014 study found that people with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than the ones committing them. 

Myth 3: Depression isn’t common.

The idea that depression is rare or limited to a certain sex or working class is wrong. There’s a lot of people from all walks of life suffering with depression. Approximately one in four people worldwide will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life. That’s about 450 million people! Depression is 4th in global disease and disability. This all makes it very likely that someone you know either suffers or will suffer from depression. 


One reason people think depression is rare is because stigma means silence. Someone who’s depressed will remain silent if there’s no sense of support. Often times depression goes unreported. In cases where it affects the poor, there’s little resources to help the person and no accounting is done to include how many poor people suffer from depression.

Myth 4: Depression is “all in your head.”

There’s still the belief in society that someone with anxiety can “just calm down” or someone with depression can “snap out of it.” That’s simply not true. Depression is caused by chemical imbalances within the brain. This is very real and verifiable. Depression and anxiety have very real physical symptoms. Someone who suffers from depression will have changes in appetite, headaches and indigestion. Heart problems increase and there’s an increased risk for heart attack.


Someone who experiences anxiety may endure cardiovascular problems, stomach issues and a weakened immune system. Alopecia (hair loss) is often attributed to anxiety, although that is just a theory. Weakened immune system can lead to infections, prolonged flues and colds, and even influence diabetes. None of these physical conditions are ‘just in your head.’

Myth 5: Depression stems from a bad childhood.

Childhood trauma and bad life situations do affect depression in later life in very negative ways. For instance, alcoholism and abusive behaviour in addition to depression are related to a bad childhood. But other factors also have an influence on mental health disorders.


It’s not that having a difficult childhood is completely unrelated, but having a difficult childhood can be related to all kinds of things, not just anxiety,” Joseph Bienvenu, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Johns Hopkins University, previously told HuffPost. “Some people have great childhood and still have anxiety.”

Research suggests that some mental health disorders may be caused by chemical imbalances in the body. Seasonal Affective Disorder, which affects nearly 10 million people at certain points of the year, is about chemical balances changing within the brain. The depression suffered isn’t related to a bad childhood. 


Myth 6: You can’t help someone suffering from depression.

Absolutely false! It’s important to reach out and help someone depressed. Depression is treatable. 60% of people with depression can recover with a proper combination of anti-depressants and psychotherapy.  

Loved ones are important in helping someone who is depressed get treatment. Social support – family, friends, community – plays a large role when it comes to intervening or preventing suicide. Depression can lead a person to believe the situation is hopeless and life meaningless. Up until the last moment of actually committing a suicidal act, there is hesitation and doubt in the mind of the suicidal person. It is absolutely possible to save someone who wants to kill his/her self by just asking, “Are you planning to kill yourself?” 


Family members and friends need to help in a way that’s non-judgmental. Even just helping a person get to appointments, take medications or stick to a daily routine will help the depressed person.

These 6 myths about depression can be broken. It takes the effort and co-operation of family, friends, community, and organizations. There has to be political will to actively work at reducing the number of people suffering from depression in a country. It is possible.

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