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  1. Tim Betancourt May 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Brandon
    I know what depression is..

  2. Hi Brandon,
    During my last depression, I nearly killed myself… Because noone cared and I could not find the way out. The only person who saved me then was my uncle. I’m so happy I told him then about my fears. He’s a brave man with honorable past (he was a volunteer in the peace corps of Iraq). He managed to open my eyes and show me the world in all its beauty.
    Since then, I never give up and pour my thoughts in my poems and stories. Becoming an author was the only chance for me to start a new life.
    Tim

  3. Thanks for posting this to increase awareness. I battled depression and suicidal thoughts for several years. It was more painful because I didn’t feel like I had the support of my church community. Looking back now I would offer a couple statements.

    To those battling depression:

    – You’re not alone. People who haven’t been through it won’t understand the pain. It’s real. Don’t let anyone minimize your feelings.

    – Get help. Medical and therapeutic. There are amazing advances science brings to help sort out any physiological and emotional issues.

    – Listen to your heart. Thomas Moore’s book “Dark Nights of the Soul” helped give me a different perspective on depression. Something incredible is happening to your soul and if you can lean into the pain you’ll find some amazing insights about yourself, the nature of God, and this world.

    To those around someone battling depression:

    – Don’t minimize it as sadness or the blues. Depression hurts. Really. Really. Bad. Imagine you have the flu but still have to do all the things you normally do. Now image someone is standing behind you and constantly saying, “You’re worthless. Nobody cares about you. The world would be better off without you.” That’s what depression feels like.

    – Don’t judge or condemn depression as sin. Pain is holy ground. Be willing to sit and just listen. Nothing more. Just remove the physical aloneness.

    – Don’t try to fix it. Treat depression like cancer. Sometimes a disease has a season of treatment to run through before going into remission. Be for the person while they are walking this path.