This is day 29 of 31 Days of Finding Joy in Depression. Yesterday, I shared about scripture and depression. Today, I’m talking about double depression days.
What is double depression? For those who deal with minor chronic depression like dysthymia, these are those extra low days that last for a short period of time. These aren’t just the blah days. Double depression days are the really bad days where everything seems completely out of control and hopeless. It could be just a day or two, but it could be a slightly longer period of time.
God allowed me to experience one of these this week, just before I had schedule to write about double depression. My double depression day – thankfully just one day – was triggered by extreme stress on several fronts: oversleeping, a cranky baby and a situation that was completely out of my control that went completely wrong.
What did I do?
Because I do so many of the things that I’ve mentioned in this series regularly, I could recognize my low for what it was. Double depression. I could think semi-rationally knowing that it was a temporary low. I let go of trying to be in control of the situation. I let Jonathan watch the same movie over and over again. Jacob went down for his afternoon nap. I verified with myself that I’d taken my medication. Check. I let myself grieve. I prayed for comfort and peace. And then I took a nap. When I got up, I felt better, thought not 100%. The next day I felt much better.
Double depression days are tough, but they don’t last forever.
Have you experienced double depression? What does this look like for you?
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I’m linking up with The Nester and others who are writing 31 posts this month on various topics. I?m not a doctor or a counselor and this is not intended to be medical advice. This is simply the story of my experience with depression.