I've learned first-hand that there is a very fine line between being sad over our circumstances and falling into depression because of them. It's a natural, flowing movement that can overtake us if we do not learn to recognize it and adjust accordingly. In this devotional, I describe the differences between sadness and depression caused by our circumstances, and offer some helpful tips on how to keep moving forward.
Click the image below to view the full episode of Chapter 8: "Sad or Depressed?" I have also designed a study guide for this video along with questions for the week. If you desire to use this study guide, a printable PDF version is provided by clicking the link below the video.
"Sad or Depressed?" Study Guide
Beauty for My Ashes
1. There is a difference between clinical depression and depression caused by our ___________________________________.
2. Sadness is an emotional __________________________ that we can come in and out of.
3. Depression is there for the _______________________________________.
- Depression can feel like a pit that we can’t climb out of.
4. The first part of the battle is being able to ________________________________ when we move from being sad to being depressed.
5. Do not change your environment to ______________________________ to depression.
6. Stay __________________________________ with people.
Questions for the Week
1. At any point in your healing journey, do you feel that you have suffered from depression caused by your circumstances?
2. Are you able to recognize the difference between being sad and being depressed? If so, what are some of the distinguishable traits that you notice between the two? If not, I would highly encourage you to pay close attention to what happens when you begin to feel sad for long periods of time.
3. Have you noticed yourself changing your environment to conform to depression at any time in your healing journey? If so, what did you change to conform to it?
4. What are some positive ways you can change your environment the next time you recognize depression setting in?
5. List anywhere between one to three names of trusted people you can connect with whenever you begin to feel depressed.