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Over Come Depression

How I Overcame Depression

With Joy in my heart, I am excited that I was able to get rid of depression and share my experience with a lot of people who may have been going through the same challenge as me.

How it started

Telling you the exact date of when I started battling with depression is difficult for me because I cannot tell exactly when it all began. However, I remember when I was little, people I know and do not know would walk up to me and ask why am I crying. I will simply tell them that I am not, and to the best of my knowledge then, that was the truth. My facial expression is mostly sad, especially when I am alone; I didn’t know the problem then, frankly, I never thought it was a problem.

Sweeping Dirt Under The Carpet

Growing up, I learned to put on a smiling face every time to avoid being asked the “silly” question. At first, it was difficult, but I learned to be cautious of myself, and it worked. The truth is, the solution I carved out was like sweeping dirt under the carpet. The problem was still there; then I switch to ensuring the people around me is happy; I make them laugh or comfortable as much as I can to draw attention away from me.- Confusing, isn’t it? Yes, I know… but it was the best I could come up with.

Then anger sets in, I had an anger issue, although as usual, I tried to suppress everything by ensuring everyone else is happy, but deep down, I was a wreck! I cry for about anything. I get angry with any slightest thing, and I was good at disguising these negative traits about me. People around see me as this happy young woman, and I made it easy for anyone to share their problems with me. However, the battle was getting tougher; negative thoughts were the order of the day. If I want to do anything, I will imagine the worse. It also affected my relationship; my negative feelings gave rise to trust issues, and it was difficult for my partner to up with me.

I Found The Light

I never knew what the problem was called until I was asked to write on depression and the dangers. As I make research, I started seeing similarities between people suffering from depression and me. Also, stories of young people committing suicides due to depression started popping up on social media. Then I knew something needs to be done; trying to sweep it under the carpet will not cut it for me. Trying to hide depression is like secretly keeping a timely bomb in your home just because you do not want people to tag you as a terrorist.

The breakthrough happened one evening, I was sitting on a couch chatting with some friends online, and I noticed darkness befalling me, my heart suddenly became heavy, and I was sad even though I was joking with friends online. Deep down I was in pains emotionally, and I needed to talk to someone at that moment.

The miracle happened; I was suddenly led in the spirit to start praising God. Friends, it was silly, there was no joy enough to sing and dance to my God. Nonetheless, I went offline, open the music app, and played one of the praises I have in my phone. I forced myself to dance, to praise God for who He is, and what He has done for me. A few minutes into the praise sessions, the Holy Spirit started flooding my head with the miracles God has been doing in my life, the growth I have experienced in my business, family, etc. Joy began springing up, and I continued to dance, but this time, I wasn’t forcing myself to sing along with the music or dance.

I was sweating profusely, but I never stopped dancing. Suddenly, I felt darkness leaving my body, and my heart became light. Oh, what a feeling! I am free!

My Realization

After the miracle, it dawned on me that depression is a spirit- a dark spirit that is cast on anyone by the devil. I know science has reasons for depression, and some people will even tag me as crazy for thinking this way.

However, it is the truth. Depression is a spirit, showing you why you are not good enough or deserve to be happy. It makes you see reasons to leave this world. Here is the fact about suicide; it does not stop the pain, you are only passing it on to your loved ones and people who cherish your existence.

The devil is out to get the youths, and he is using the spirit of depression to cut short their lives, to imprison them from fulfilling God’s plan in their lives. Nevertheless, the good news is, you have the weapon to disarm the devil and all his agents from deciding your fate.

Praise is a weapon, it is not what you do casually in church, and you can use it to fight your battles. Praise worked for me, and it is still working for me today. Administer the ministry of praise today, and you will receive your miracle. More will be discussed on praise soon, and I know God will show up in your case.

No matter how hard it gets, you suicide is not an option- it is the lie of the devil to steer you away from your glorious destiny.

Also, it is important to be observant too. Depression is not written on the sufferers’ forehead. In fact, some of the most jovial people suffer depression, the laughter, smiles, and jokes are just to cover up the battle they are fighting inside. Help people, when they sum the courage to share with you what they are going through; it is not the time to make fun of them or to wave it off casually.

Lastly, there is power in praise-you may not feel like praying over the situation, but you can praise. When you praise God, the joy from within will energize you to pray. Have a glorious year!!!

Encourage Yourself:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Bipolar Disorder

Winning The War Against Bipolar Disorder

With today’s technology and social media, everyone can easily shield whatever they are experiencing in their lives. The truth is, we have all been there; going through a bad break up, divorce, or failing a big exam. Life is not straight, and there need to be curves, turns, bends, potholes and every up and down you can think of- it is part of our life’s journey. For you to successfully win the war against bipolar disorder, you need to be a selective fighter- in essence; sometimes you just have to flow with the tide instead of fighting it.

This Too Shall Pass

Although whatever you are going through may take forever, but the fact is it shall pass; time passes on, our moods become better, and we fall back to being “us” again. Winning the war against bipolar disorder will not be possible without first knowing what it is all about- you cannot win a battle you have no idea of what it is, that is why we have taken the time to explain what bipolar disorder is, and the different types.

People living with bipolar disorder go through severe mood swings, which disrupt daily activities.

Different Names, The Same Effect

Bipolar Affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Manic Depression- the three names are used to describe each other. The 3% of the American population suffers from this mental health disorder, and the significant symptoms of bipolar disorder are alternating between periods of elevated mood, i.e. hypomania or mania, periodic changes in mood, and periods of depression.

If you are battling with bipolar disorder, you are likely to feel unusually happy, make impulsive decisions during manic states, and feel energetic. In addition, you may feel the urge to cry, have a negative outlook on life, and experience feelings of hopelessness. Hypomania is a less severe form of mania; you feel good with a better sense of productivity and well-being.

Furthermore, you do not just feel sad when you are experiencing bipolar disorder. The depressive period may lead to suicidal thought that switch to a feeling of endless energy and euphoria. The extreme mood swings can occur regularly such as weekly or more sporadically.

Unfortunately, there is no specific pattern to the mood swings- one feeling does not usually happen before the other, and the duration of a particular state or the other varies. However, some treatments will help your moods in check, which allows you to live a productive life.

The typical symptoms happen around 25 years of age and from the beginning rate of bipolar order in both men and women are about.

Types Of Bipolar Disorders

There are various of bipolar disorder; however, three primary disorders are Bipolar 1 Disorders, Bipolar 2 Disorders, and Cyclothymic Disorder, Bipolar 1 Disorder is characterized by the happenings of at least one manic episode, followed by a hypomanic or severe depressive episode.

These episodes may be severe they primarily disrupt the daily activities or may prompt a break from psychosis (reality). Furthermore, you may require hospitalization if you are suffering from Bipolar 1 Disorder. Secondly, you experience at least one significant depressive episode that lasts up to two weeks or more, and at least one hypomanic episode that lasts at least four days if you are living with Bipolar 2 Disorder. However, you may not experience a manic episode. The cyclothymic disorder occurs when you have at least two multiple occurrences of hypomanic symptoms and depressive symptoms. These symptoms are less severe than hypomanic episodes and significant depressive episodes.

During this period, symptoms present themselves at least half of the time and they are constant for at least two months.  

What Are The Various Signs And Symptoms?

The signs may vary from individual to individual and from type to type because there are several different stages of bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, below are the most popular signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, categorized by emotional state.

Manic Symptoms

The DSM-5 characterizes a manic episode by a distinct and abnormal state of elevated, expansive or irritable mood occurring for at least one week. This episode is consistently driven by goal-directed energy or behavior. However, a hypomanic episode is a distinct and abnormal state of elevated, expansive, or irritable mood that lasts for a minimum of four consecutive days. Someone who has been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder may experience any of the following signs and symptoms during a manic period.

  • Boundless energy
  • Easily distracted
  • Experiencing an overly elated, happy, and outgoing mood for an extended period
  • Extremely irritable
  • Restlessness
  • Having racing thoughts
  • Talk very fast
  • Embarking on a lot of new projects
  • Switching from one thought to another without talking
  • Sleep very little
  • Unrealistically believe you can do something
  • Tirelessness
  • Feelings of grandiosity
  • Engaging in impulsive, pleasurable, and high-risk behaviors such as sexual indiscretions, poor financial investments, and shopping sprees.
  • Increased goal-directed activity
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • High sex drive
  • Increased agitation
  • Psychosis that may include delusions or hallucinations
  • Making grand and unattainable plans

Manic behaviors affect productivity in school or work, social situations, and relationships. These behaviors are independent; drugs, alcohol, medical illness, or side effects to medication do not influence them.  

Depressive Symptoms

The depressive aspect of bipolar disorder is characterized by a major depressive episode resulting in a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in life. someone living with bipolar disorder tends to experience the following signs and symptoms during a depressive state

  • Indecisiveness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feeling tearful, hopeless, sad or empty for the main part of the day on a daily basis
  • Weight Fluctuation
  • Slowed behaviors or restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Being detached from reality; hallucinations or delusions (psychosis)
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

Like manic behaviors, depressive behaviors affect school or work, personal or family relationships, and social functioning. Someone who has bipolar disorder and undergoing depressive episode is not induced by medications, substance abuse, a stressful situation such as the loss of a loved one or an underlying medical condition.

The Causes And How It Is Diagnosed

Like most mental illnesses, scientists cannot give an exact reason for bipolar disorder. I know it is difficult to swallow for someone suffering from bipolar depression; you may want to know the risk involve and the probable solution to set yourself free from this disorder.


However, bipolar disorder appears genetics are likely the cause for around 60-80% of the risk of developing bipolar disorder. In essence, there is a high risk of developing bipolar disorder if you have a first-degree relative suffering from bipolar disorder.

Environmental Factors

These also influence the development of bipolar disorder; environmental factors may interact with genetic predispositions to spike the onset of bipolar disorder. In other words, the combination of genes and a life event may have triggered the disorder to present itself in the individual suffering from bipolar disorder. Moreover, if you dig deep into the life of the sufferer, you may find out that the person suffered from some gruesome or traumatic abuse or a stressful interpersonal relationship of some type.

Furthermore, if you suspect you are having the signs and symptoms of mania or depression, it is advisable to see a doctor. Most times, family members or co-workers are the first people to identify the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, most people suffering from this disorder may be reluctant to seek help, not because they do not want to, but because they cannot know how disruptive bipolar disorder is to their lives. Secondly, they may enjoy the euphoric feeling that comes with the disorder. However, it is crucial to treat this condition to enable you to manage emotional states and live a full and productive life.

The Importance Of Getting Help

Although bipolar disorder has been written off as a disorder that cannot be treated, you can still have a full life- you can still win this battle. With the right treatment plan, the right mindset, you can live a good life.

Furthermore, the doctor will assess you physically to rule out any hidden medical conditions that may be triggering manic or depressive states. If no underlying medical conditions are causing the depressive or manic states, you will be referred to a mental health provider for a further diagnosis. All these may seem scary, but it is not. It helps you to live a productive life that you deserve.

Without the help of your mental health provider, there will be no series of psychological assessments to gather additional information about your condition; this will be denying yourself a chance to fight and win the war against bipolar disease. The assessments help your doctor in diagnosing the presence of this condition in your life, also determine which type of bipolar disorder you may be suffering from.

Treatment Options

Psychotherapy and medications are commonly prescribed treatment plans for bipolar disorder patients. The success rate of the treatment plans is impressive especially if followed accurately and consistently.

Many different medications are prescribed to people living with bipolar disorder. However, the most popular medications implored to treat bipolar disorders include atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants. Mood stabilizers are usually the first course of drug therapy prescription. Although, an anticonvulsant is used as a mood stabilizer while atypical antipsychotics are usually combined with antidepressants to treat the disorder. The use of antidepressants can trigger manic or hypomanic states; mood stabilizer is used to balance emotions.

Furthermore, psychotherapy is also a useful tool for individuals living with bipolar disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy enables you to learn how to change harmful or negative behaviors or thoughts.

Family oriented therapies include your family members and focus on teaching coping strategies, problem-solving techniques and communication counseling. Psychoeducation is also a powerful therapy tool to educate people living with bipolar disorder about the condition, and how to treat it. The education enables you to notice trigger points and impending mood swings so that you can get treatment before a full-blown episode happens. The interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) is mostly used to treat bipolar disorder, and it focuses on the balancing of daily rhythms such as mealtime, sleep, wake- it ensures the individual is well stabilized by introducing consistent routines.

However, the individual may be hospitalized if the case is severe like showing risky behaviors, or thought of suicide; it is for their safety and wellbeing.

It is necessary to follow your treatment plan religiously if you are living with bipolar depression. Ensure you pay close attention to warning signs or triggers; it will help you seek additional treatment. Do not withhold your thoughts from your counselor or mental health providers; they are there to help you and to prevent the beginning of a full attack.

Lastly, avoid alcohol and drugs. Take your medication as prescribed even on days you feel better. Educate yourself about the disorder, and implore prevention techniques to enhance your overall wellbeing.

Know the facts

Encourage Yourself: You may be thinking it is not going to be easy, well you are correct. It takes the brave, the resilient to win the war against bipolar disorder. For you to patiently read this article is a telltale sign that you are a fighter, not just any fighter, but a winner.