Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders are more common in women such as depression and anxiety. There are also certain types of disorders that are unique to women. For example, some women may experience symptoms of mental disorders at times of hormone change, such as perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perimenopause-related depression. When it comes to other mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, research has not found differences in the rates at which men and women experience these illnesses. But women may experience these illnesses differently – certain symptoms may be more common in women than in men, and the course of the illness can be affected by the sex of the individual. Researchers are only now beginning to tease apart the various biological and psychosocial factors that may impact the mental health of both women and men.
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1. Everyone has experienced failure.Even the people we look up to have had bad days, and even years. Someone said it depends on how we carry the load, and fret not because He will be always with us.
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)
2. He is the answer that will never leave. When everyone else leaves, be assured that God will never abandon us in this life. He won’t reject us for the mistakes and ugly mess we made, but He will be the source of our strength in getting up and pursuing our dreams. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)
3. We are forgiven without condemnation.
In the name of God and Jesus Christ, we are forgiven for our shortcomings. He knows we are not perfect and is ready to hear our confessions. With His love, we have to forgive ourselves. Although there is fear of condemnation, remember that you belong to Him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV) 4. All we need is God’s grace.
The Lord works within our weakness, that’s why we should embrace human limitations. With His grace, weakness is turned to strength and we can overcome these failures by claiming victory in His glory.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
5. With the Lord, we are strong.
He is our strength. The strongest power we can have is keeping God in our hearts and minds in doing all things He wants for us. Failures are nothing compared to Him.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
6. His mercy blooms anew every morning for His love never dies.
We are often our worst enemies. We tend to give ourselves the ultimatum, but God never does. His love has no endings and his mercy keeps on blooming fresh every waking day. Be faithful, including to yourself.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
7. Past is past.
Cliche it is, but true, we shall put it behind and start anew. Jesus Christ is calling us to His arms, to the beautiful future this life is holding. Don’t punish yourself by always looking and staring back on the things that can never be changed. Trust Him and together, life will be all better. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
Be Blessed, Pastor Alnicia Gibson Blessed2begiftedministries
WEAKNESS Please understand that depression is not a sign of weakness nor is it a result of demonic oppression. The fact is many of us are living with a variety of stressors which can either add to or cause feelings of sadness or depression. Take a minute and think about some of the experiences that you have had in your life or are currently facing. Raising children alone, working more than one job, ongoing financial concerns, lay offs, violence and family concerns, the list can go on and on. So give your self and people around you some credit for the things that they have been through and are going through. Listen even the best long distance marathon runner gets tired sometimes. You are not a weak person but you are not the energizer bunny either. Understand that we can’t continue to release our energy and our time without experiencing some consequences. There are many of us because of our upbringing or other issues, have learned to hold our feelings inside of ourselves. We try to stay away from our feelings and present a detached, calm attitude, when inside we are hurting. However, an attitude that causes us to surpress our negative feelings and emotions may only hurt us or our loved ones in the end. God wants us to come to him, in fact he encourages us to bring our concerns to him so that he can give us rest. You don’t have to cope with your feelings or problems alone. If you cannot find anyone to talk to, remember God is just a prayer away, and as you seek him for help he will place people, situations, and events in your life to help you make it through the situation that you are currently facing. When we are feeling sad or depressed our thoughts can either become a source of support or a source of distress. FEELINGS
We can’t hide from our feelings. Feelings have a way of seeping into our lives either in a positive or negative manner even when we are not expecting them. For example, negative feelings can manifest themselves in negative behaviors such as drug abuse, and other unhelpful coping behaviors causing us even more problems and negative emotions. Negative thoughts fuel negative feelings, and negative feelings influence our behavior. In summary, all three of these factors: feelings, thoughts, and behaviors work together to either strengthen or weaken us. Submit your feelings, thoughts and behaviors to God and let Him work all things out for you.
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