Except in some cases, people who suffer from depression may in reality be very strong people. Here is why.
How is Depression Defined
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines depression as “a state of feeling sad, a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way.” Similarly, Mayo Clinic defines depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave.”
What are you doing with your strength?
From these definitions of depression we can fairly conclude that a person who is depressed generates a substantial amount of emotions. In order for you to generate a substantial amount of emotion you must be a very strong person. It does take strength to generate emotions and thoughts. But your emotions are directed to the wrong direction because they harm you and cause hopelessness.
Change the direction of your emotions
Why don’t you change the direction of your thoughts and emotions? If you understand this much, you also understand that you have the inner power and strength to change the direction of your thoughts. Just turn them around and direct your emotions and thoughts toward the One, who gives you breath and life every second. He is your delight.
Apostles also knew about the problem of depression and look what St. Paul has written. “Worldly grief produces death,” he wrote in 2 Corinthians 7:10.
I am not a doctor, and this is not a medical advice. But I have never read about a true saint who complained about suffering from depression. Saints have changed the direction of their thoughts and emotions from worldly matters to God and have attained the state of inner peace and delight.
Change the direction of your emotions and attain spiritual knowledge. St. Maximus the Confessor writes: “For the state of spiritual knowledge heals the mental dejection produced by the storm of trials and temptations” (Philokalia II). You already have enough strength to change the direction of your thoughts in any direction you want.