Believers battle anxiety and depression too.
I began this journey over two decades ago. I never imagined my story would impact others. I believed the lie that I was the only one. It is possible to believe in Jesus and battle anxiety and depression. My battle with anxiety and depression began in my late teens and is a battle I continue to fight to this day.
Where it all began.
I lost my father to suicide when I was twelve years old , and buried several other members of my family by the age of seventeen. As a result I developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression in my late teens. Years went by before I was diagnosed at the age of twenty two.
For the next decade I was healthy. At the age of thirty five I was diagnosed with postpartum depression, after the birth of my son. Unfortunately nine months went by before I was diagnosed. I spent much of my son’s first year in a fog.
Depression strikes again.
When I became pregnant with my daughter I was prepared and started medication immediately after delivery. Sadly this didn’t work and I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. It was time for therapy again. This time I didn’t get the answer I wanted. I would get depressed again. The question was only when. I had to accept the fact that depression and anxiety were going to be a lifelong battle.
Let’s battle this together.
I pray we can learn from one another grow closer to Christ and find hope and laughter along the way. We have Jesus to share in this battle with us and ultimately we know who wins the war.
Your fellow warrior,
Listen to my story here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stories-from-the-austin-stone/id1107099761?i=1000474862881