The Signs of Depression

signs of depressionEven biblical figures struggle with depression. David often writes of his anguish, loneliness and guilt; Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet,” wrestled with feelings of loneliness, defeat and insecurity; and Hannah was a woman so depressed that she couldn’t eat.

For Christians, it’s crucial to realize that people from every age and every religion can suffer from depression. In fact, it’s a very common (and very treatable) mental illness; not simply a sign of a spiritual problem.

What’s more, there’s a strong link between depression and addiction: About 20 percent of Americans with depression also have a substance use disorder, and about 20 percent of those with a SUD also have an anxiety or mood disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I depressed?” If you have, and you’ve experienced any of these signs, it may mean you need professional help:

  • You’re exhausted but can’t sleep. Studies show that three quarters of depressed patients have symptoms of insomnia.
  • You become more reckless and make bad judgment calls, including abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • You feel physical pain like joint pain, back pain or headaches. The same neurotransmitters that affect your mood play a part in pain regulation.
  • Your sadness becomes severe and is accompanied by irritability, fatigue and loss of appetite.
  • Your negative mood lasts for weeks, or even months, and interferes with daily living.
  • You’re always angry and often for no apparent reason.

Mental Health Treatment at Christian Rehab Network
Individuals with behavioral health issues, such as depression, often struggle with addiction. That’s why we specialize in offering a variety of mental health services for Christians. To help address a complex dual-diagnosis, we can help with medication management, group and individual therapy and faith-based support. If you are dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues, call today: 877-310-9545.

How to Make Time for Quiet Time

quiet timePsalm 46:10: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Quiet time, or making an effort to unplug and remove yourself from such distractions as phones, electronics, social obligations, etc., can do wonders for your long-term sobriety. For one, you’ll be better able to process the lessons of recovery. In addition, a little stillness among the daily chaos of life can give you time to reflect on short- and long-term recovery goals. And, perhaps the best part, it’s not that hard to do. Try one (or all) of these quiet-time strategies this weekend:

  • Take a mindful walk. While sweat inducing speed walking is great for your body and mind, so is slowing the pace once in a while so you can breathe in your surroundings. Stroll through the park this weekend and really take notice of the flowers, trees, birds – you’ll be surprised how quickly it helps quiet your mind.
  • Make room for meditation. You can meditate before you begin your day or as part of your bedtime ritual to help you wind down. Either way, this calming practice is sure to help quiet your mind from the constant chatter of daily life.
  • Start a journal – and stick with it. You’ve likely heard the many health perks of journaling and for good reason: Using writing (or typing) to unleash your feelings is the perfect exercise to clear, quiet and focus your mind during recovery.

A Christian Partner in Your Recovery Journey
Part of being a Christian in recovery is finding your way back to the Lord before you can achieve truly lasting sobriety. At Christian Rehab Network, we make sure that you never have to walk that journey alone. To learn about our faith-based programs, call today: 877-310-9545. 

Time to Spring Clean Your Mind

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to open the windows, lspring clean your mindet the sun shine in and clear all the clutter from your mind! These steps will help you get started.

  • Make a list. Write down everything you need to do to free up your mental space for thinking.
  • Prioritize your top 3. This can help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed or frustrated while tackling your to-do list.
  • Seek serenity in nature. Spend some time in the fresh air and open space to calm and soothe your mind. Inhale deeply and take in all the beauty.
  • Clear the clutter. A messy desk, room, kitchen or counter top – this type of physical mess can make it more difficult to concentrate and relax – and it may even lead to fatigue.
  • Be thankful for each day’s blessings. Remember, you have been given what you need for today so focus on the present and take one day at a time.
  • Go on a tech diet. Anxiety and depression have been linked to smartphone overuse, so give your brain a break and separate yourself from your mobile device.
  • Enjoy the Sabbath. You deserve a brake – and this includes chores.
  • Take a positive spin. Negative thoughts weigh the mind and heart and eat up a ton of mental space. So let go of any feelings of resentment, bitterness, jealousy, regret and hatred.

Mental Health Treatment for Christians
Similar to an addiction to drugs or alcohol, mental illness can feel like a dark room with no windows. At Christian Rehab Network, we work with pastors and credentialed therapists to help our clients and their families lift the veil of darkness and start to feel hopeful again. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.