This may surprise you, but if you are feeling tired and broken inside then you are probably in a very good place. Don't get me wrong, a prolonged feeling of brokenness can be unhealthy and damaging—but periodic feelings of brokenness are actually quite necessary for overall growth. We become stronger people when we are forced to reevaluate and rebuild our … Continue reading The Beauty of Your Brokenness
When Ganel-Lyn learned about her sister's suicide, she said it felt "like a bowling ball smashed into my heart, then fell with a thud to my stomach." She says that the grief caused by suicide is "a different kind of grief," one that lingers, tears at the heart, and creates questions that lead to a very dark place.
J.K. Rowling, author of the phenomenal Harry Potter series, may have just prevented a suicide. Remarkably, she didn't do it through the use of magic, but through the use of words. This shouldn't surprise us because words are, as Dumbledore stated, "our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” In … Continue reading Did J.K. Rowling Just Prevent a Suicide?
In my struggles with chronic depression, inspirational and uplifting music has been one of the keys to good health—and for good reason. A group of researchers at McGill University found that "Music boosts the body's immune system and is more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety." With that in mind, here are thirty songs (and/or albums) that … Continue reading 30 Songs That Help Fight My Depression
"Music has the ability to reach someone's soul." -Jhonny K Although I've never seen Him, I firmly believe that God exists. For me, one of the most compelling evidences for divinity is music. There is something about music that seems to transcend mortality; it expresses the inexpressible. And I have long held the belief that God … Continue reading Music That Can Heal the Depressed Heart
In studying Churchill’s life—his victories and defeats, along with his emotional obstacles and personal challenges—I am perpetually amazed by his indomitable will to fight his way forward.
As someone who regularly struggles with chronic depression, I’ve learned how very difficult it can be to move forward. Over the years, I’ve developed a number of ways that help me actively fight my depression.
As a Mormon who struggles with chronic depression, I've spent a lot of time searching for LDS resources on depression and suicide prevention. Listed below are some of the most helpful talks and articles that I have found.
I recently got an email from a subscriber that tugged on my heartstrings. It read, in part: “What can I do about being depressed? I feel like I have fallen away from God and His grace and I don't know my way back.” To this person, I want you to know that I know that feeling. … Continue reading Does My Depression Mean That God Hates Me?