Introducing a Series–Navigating Depression: What Every Woman Needs to Know

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Whether depression is your dwelling place or the reality of someone you love, read on…

To gain insight into the disorder.

To garner understanding, bleeding empathy for afflicted loved ones.

To receive encouragement and be equipped for your own battle against the darkness—the daily fight for your joy.

In our society depression runs rampant:

As of October 5, 2015, John Hopkins Medicine’s website estimates that 26% of Americans ages 18 and older–about 1 in 4 adults–suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Additionally, the National Institute of Mental Health’s website estimates that women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime, with 10 to 15% of women experiencing postpartum depression after giving birth.

These are the cold facts.

But there is warmth in story. One that beckons us beyond ourselves, inviting us to commune together like friends before a crackling fire. And there is marked power in story; to inspire one another through the sharing–a mutual sharpening. An empowering transaction whose currency is compassion.

We have a responsibility as believers to testify of God’s faithfulness, even amidst our seasons of suffering. We are our stories.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…Therefore we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16a (NIV)

As one who’s warred in the depths, I give you this series; this gathering place. So come, draw up a chair and listen…read how women like you have weathered depression’s deluges. Drink in a wellspring of insight into the darkness that is depression, amassed on the battlefield of the mind. Read how you can combat this life-draining affliction with HOPE in your holster.

“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

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{Navigating Depression: What Every Woman Needs to Know} is a month-long blog series devoted to the disorder. Read stories of women who have traversed its stormy seas. Receive encouragement and be equipped for your own battle against the darkness. Garner understanding, bleeding empathy for afflicted loved ones.

 

4 thoughts on “Introducing a Series–Navigating Depression: What Every Woman Needs to Know

  1. Thank you for being on my show today! I respect your vision and heart to follow God into a life that’s open and points to Him as Healer and the Grace Giver we need to survive this life. I love you!!

  2. Leslie, Thanks for your boldness and courage to share your story and create a “bench” for others to come and sit on. Please keep reminding us of this reality and help us understand further how it can grip so many… And continue to show us how we can better care for, encourage and wrap our arms around our sisters in Christ as they walk through the valley. I know the Lord will take your loaves and fishes and will mutiply it to minister to thousands.

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