God helps those who seek Him and help themselves with His guidance - God gives us the choice to have a relationship with Him. To get started, ask God for help.
The devil has many tactics – a huge bag of tricks. He uses depression, fear, worry, anger, anxiety, stress, addiction, manipulation, past abuse, trauma, accident, injury, insecurity, and more in order to keep you down.
Medication and supplements can be very beneficial. A lot of people need these since their brains don't function properly in order to regulate serotonin. It's okay. God doesn't intend for us to live on His earth in misery. He does want us to enjoy living each day. If you would take medicine for a cold or the flu, then why wouldn't you take medication for depression?
In addition to medication or supplements for depression, teaching yourself how to cope, think and make different choices can have a dramatic impact on your emotional health. Be gentle with yourself.
If something isn't good and/or feels hurtful - don't hold onto it or accept it and don't keep it. Those negative feelings are an arrow from the enemy. Return and walk in God's goodness by faith. God really does love you and wants to take care of you.
Jesus said, "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
- John 10:10
Satin loves it when you are incapacitated by misery or when you respond out of hopelessness. Satin is the enemy. His purpose is clear. God's purpose is life. When you are full of God's love, you have a well of life inside of you instead of death.
Being persistent even on days when you may feel like your progress has stopped will keep you healing and keep you mentally and emotionally healthy. The road out of depression can have some plateaus and small valleys BUT DO NOT believe the valleys are taking you back down into the dark, scary pit of depression! The valleys are opportunities to make different choices this time around. Instead of believing you are hopeless again, now you know the truth and you have tools to help yourself:
Jesus said, "God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh." - Luke 6:21
Choose to believe God. Choose to take action today. Life can have peaks and valleys, but now you know that the valleys are opportunities to make different choices.
Start your relationship with God through prayer. People can let us down. God won't. Even when His answer to prayer is a "no" or "not yet" - believe Him for a greater miracle. Jesus won't let you down either.