For years I took anti-depressants because a doctor decided after my divorce that I needed to take them. Well, guess what? You should be depressed after a divorce. It is a loss. Something God created has been destroyed. It does not matter what happened that caused the divorce, the loss should be grieved. When we lose a loved one, or have a business failure, we should be sad. God gave us this emotion for a reason.
I was suicidal and I needed help. As a young Christian, I didn’t understand that God was waiting to help me. Instead of asking God, I asked my doctor to help me. Doctors are trained to help people by giving them medicine. The prescription my doctor gave me was helpful for a while, but once the divorce was over and time passed, I was suicidal again. The doctor gave me more of the medicine. After a few years I was addicted to the medicine and the doctors decided I was a chronic depressive and would have to take this medicine for the rest of my life. However, no test had ever been done to determine that I had a disease of chronic depression. After almost 30 years of telling the doctors I was still suicidal, the dosage had increased to FIVE antidepressants a day, and I was still suicidal. Finally, I decided that with God all things are possible, and with God I could break the addiction.
Don’t be afraid as you go out to fight today! For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies and he will give you the victory! — Deuteronomy 20:3-4 (TLB)
I withdrew from these drugs cold turkey. The withdrawal reactions were the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. I knew I was in full blown spiritual warfare. The devil didn’t want to give up and he terrified me. The things that brought me through it were my strong faith, God’s healing power, and the supernatural Power God gives His children when they ask. The amazing thing we seem to always overlook is that all we have to do is ask, have faith, and it will be given to us. I can tell you it was not easy to withdraw from these horrible drugs. I can also tell you, He never left me. He tells us we will never leave or forsake us and He didn’t. (Hebrews 13:5) He always keeps His Word. I made it through the withdrawal, and came out a stronger and more faithful woman of God.
Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 (TLB)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7 (EVS)
If you are dealing with mental disease, ask God for help and know that God always has a sound mind. The Word says we have the thoughts of God and even part of the very mind of Christ is ours. (1 Corinthians 2:16) Depression is of the devil! Mental disease is of the devil! If you are struggling with any type of mental disease, start researching your Bible for answers. Rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus. Spend time with God, and you will receive answers and healing. It may require work on your part just as it did with me, but He never leaves you or forsakes you. I remember when I was struggling with depression it was so hard to do anything positive. It was hard to think anything positive. That is Satan’s way of keeping you from God’s plan for your life. Keep defying Satan and he has no choice but to flee.
Don’t allow Satan to win the battle. Depression is horrible. I am not saying medicine cannot help if you have a chemical imbalance; I am saying if life has beaten you up, and you are sad because of events that have taken place, it is time to get closer to God. It is normal for us to be sad in those types of situations, and as Christians we do not need medicine to get us through it. We have a Big God and He is always there to help us through all our problems.