Denial

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This is day 5 of 31 Days of Finding Joy in Depression. Yesterday, I shared the second part of my story of discovering that I had depression. Today, let’s face the denial. Denial is… disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing; refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal from dictionary.com It seems easier to deny the existence of depression than to deal with it.  The masks we wear are easier to keep on.  The comfortable actions and the fake smiles that say, “I’m fine” are easier to put forth. Photo Credit {Read More}

Discovering Depression Part 2

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This is day 4 of 31 Days of Finding Joy in Depression. Yesterday, I shared the first part of my story of discovering that I had depression. Today, is the second part of that story. Photo Credit I left work early and headed for my doctor’s office. I remember sitting in the waiting room and wanting desperately to leave. Not wanting to deal with this. I’m a Christ-follower. I work in a church. I shouldn’t be dealing with this. What {Read More}

Discovering Depression Part 1

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This is day 3 of 31 Days of Finding Joy in Depression. Yesterday, I gave you a brief overview of what depression is. Today, I’m sharing how I was diagnosed with depression. Photo Credit After Jonathan was born in 2007, my OB/GYN asked lots of questions to see how I was doing emotionally. Lots of questions. I’m sure that they always do that after you have a baby. I was fine, so I thought. Nothing really seemed any different to {Read More}

What is Depression?

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This is day 2 of 31 Days of Finding Joy in Depression.  If you’re just joining me, go back and read the intro post to this series. Before we can really tackle depression, we have to know what it is. Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, {Read More}

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Hi.  My name is Amanda.  And I suffer from depression.  I have likely been dealing with this since I was a teenager, but it was not officially diagnosed until a few years ago.  This is not something that I have talked openly about outside of my husband and a few friends.  Most people don’t. I feel like God is calling me to bust the doors wide open on depression this month.  I’m not a doctor or a counselor and this {Read More}