In the middle of a 90 hour work week, after a series of 90+ hour work weeks, I joined the 350 million people who suffer from mild to moderate depression. For me it was as if the rug was pulled out from under my feet and I went into a very sharp downward spiral. For others, the descent into darkness is much longer and more prolonged than my steep drop off, so, while my story has a happy ending that came quickly, others have a longer/slower drop off, or can’t recall the last time they felt “normal.” Some may be physically unable to define “normal” so the the “one size fits all” classification doesn’t work.
But this I can tell you, it was frightening for me, so I can’t imagine what others must feel. So, while I know my personal story may not fit all, I can tell you it was rather clear to me that I needed help QUICKLY. Mine came within a few weeks, and nearly too late to have a prolonged affect.
Also, I know now that drug therapy alone was not the full reason for my eventual recovery. In short, I needed to change my work load, my behaviors, which wound up being much harder, but having much longer lasting results.
After 10 years of intense work, I gave my resignation and reshaped my whole world.
I became an Interim Pastor – dramatically reduced my stress and found, after two years, and with the doctor’s help, that drug therapy was not necessary over the long haul, but regular exercise, reduced stress and healthy thinking all contributed to a better version of me.
If you are one of the people who suffer from mild to moderate depression, know that there are many people just like you, and many are finding help through the ever advancing scientific studies that are currently making strides.
Here is a simple link to one of many videos out on the internet. Good luck with your struggles. If you need uplifting, please know you have a friend who doesn’t claim to understand, but one who can empathize with you along the path of recovery.
Pastor Neil Allen
I am blessed to serve as the pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church, an amazing community of wise and thoughtful people.