This entry is part 3 of 31 in the series The Hope Toolbox

What Does Depression Look Like?

I am the type of person who has a strong drive to get things done. I’m most happy when I’m working toward some goal or next big thing.

Mostly, I’m not depressed. Sometimes I am sad or grieving. At a few key points in my life I’ve gone into periods of depression. Once I had a more serious depressive time of postpartum depression where I also had panic attacks.

I’ve had times when I couldn’t get out of bed for several days. A few times it was enough to scare me. A lot.

Most of the time, though, I don’t feel like this at all. I feel really good. Fantastic, even.

Depression and Sadness presents itself in a variety of forms. This optimistic drive of mine can be both a positive and a negative.

Some people’s natural speed for life is set fairly slow. During times of sadness, they may peter off into the depressed ditch.

Some of us drive high on the highway of life until we burn out. We may be the givers, who give and give and never take care of ourselves. We tend to crash hard and fall fast.

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of those extremes, of course.

How about you? What is your life speed? What happens when you get sad or depression comes?

Recognition is important. Now that I’m aware of my patterns, I’m able to catch myself much sooner and get the help I need more quickly.

Never Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else's Middle

The Hope Toolbox

The Hope Toolbox

Today’s Bible Memory Verse:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2

Journaling Prompt:

Use My Hope Toolbox Printable Kit or a journal of your own.

What is your life speed? How does depression or sadness come upon you? How do you react when it does?

Resources

Melinda Todd: 31 Days of Depression

Espressos of Faith: Why My Child is Sad, and Why He Isn’t

Tara Ulrich: Living as a Daughter: 31 Days of Mental Illness

Blogging Astrid — This is a different and interesting blog to check out. She is legally blind, autistic, has mental health issues, lives in a mental institution, is a psychology student, and blogs about it.

Have you downloaded My Hope Toolbox Printable Kit? Here are sample completed pages:

My Hope Toolbox Sample Page

My Hope Toolbox Printable Kit. Sample pages created by Cat Riggy.

Hope Toolbox Sample Page

Hope Toolbox Printable Kit. Sample Pages by Cat Riggy.


Note: I am not a therapist, doctor, or expert. Please see your doctor for help specific to you.

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