Graham Moore might be an Oscar award-winning writer but he gets us. Us that have struggled with depression. Us that have had suicidal thoughts. Us that feel weird or that we don't fit it. And sometimes that is all you need to know... you aren't alone.
A teen's faith is a big part in the puzzle of discovering his or her newly developing identity. Many parents struggle watching the forward-backward see-saw development of a teen's faith. For many teens, this journey of identity will result in a deeper faith. Except when it doesn't.
Clinical depression sucks, and if you're someone who suffers from it, my heart goes out to you. I'm in no way intending to diss anti-depressants, but it's worth considering some natural treatments that might help lift your mood.
If you are reading this while depressed, don’t believe the lie that you are alone, or that God doesn’t understand how you are feeling. Do get the help you need from doctors and the like, but also know that even God’s people have suffered in a similar way.
Like many people who are raised in a religious environment, I was taught to believe that God loves me and protects me. I was taught that God punishes sin, and rewards those who are faithful. I prayed. I worshipped. This was supposed to strengthen my faith. It was supposed to make me happy.
According to the National Alliance to End You Homelessness, about 50,000 youth sleep in the streets in the U.S. for six months or more every year. What can you do to help? Stay informed and become an advocate for homeless youth in your community.