Learning to Look For the Presence of God
One of the most crippling aspects of depression and anxiety is the crushing loneliness or forsaken feeling that patients often report. They may logically be able to identify that there are members of their family and community that love them, but their brains make them feel as if that love doesn’t exist. Even when physically surrounded by loving people, depression and anxiety patients can feel completely alone.
These feelings also often translate into a person’s perceived relationship with God. When we feel destroyed by depression, alone, broken, and forgotten, we often feel frustration with God or feel that he is ignoring our cries for help. Of course, God is always there for us to offer love and support, but mental illness distorts this truth and can make you feel completely detached from the Lord’s nurturing.
While counseling and medication can help with the biological conditions that support mental illness and allow us to cope, it doesn’t help our relationship with God. That is a personal responsibility. But, the Lord is always there for us, when we know how to look for him.
Scott Holman, blogmaster for the Society for Christian Psychology website, shared a list of ways you can “practice the presence of God” or how to consider the way God interacts in our day-to-day lives. If you struggle with feeling forgotten by God or alone, practicing the concepts can help you realize that you are never alone and deal with the loneliness and isolation that plague depression sufferers.