If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness, it’s wise to know the signs of a nervous breakdown so you can recognize them and stop the emotional eruption before it happens.
Our culture is riddled with incorrect beliefs about mental illness as it is, but bring prayer, salvation, and well-meaning churchgoers who are clueless when it comes to the realities of dealing with mental illness into the picture, and you’re looking at a recipe for disaster.
Of course, this list cannot diagnose you with high functioning depression, only a doctor can do that. But hopefully it helps you to identify your symptoms and lead you in the right direction of better understanding what you may be experiencing.
"I was very good at compartmentalizing things and stuffing things away that I didn't want to talk about, I didn't want to deal with, I didn't want to bring up -- I just never ever wanted to see those things."
Like anything, symptoms of depression reveal themselves differently in every person. If you feel like you may be suffering from depression, it’s important to consult your doctor or medical professional.
“A lot of times, Christians and churches make it seem like if you are a person who struggles with mental illness, then it’s because your faith is not strong enough, or Jesus isn’t actually in your life.”
May we write them down on post-it notes and index cards; Hang them above our beds, our shower curtains, our mirrors and doors-–the places and things we see most throughout the day. And may we pray them “without ceasing." Anxiety has no place where God's love dwells.
It would change the game for cases like that of 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis, who streamed her own suicide on Facebook live earlier in 2017. The young girl reportedly hung herself from a tree in her front yard, while the live stream of her lifeless body captured the 20 minutes that followed.