10 Catholic Ways To Cope With Depression

I am 35 years old and I have been depressed of and on since I was 12 years old. I have tried the traditional methods of beating depression – therapy and medication – and had little success. I have tried Prozac and all it did was make me numb.  I have been to probably more than a dozen therapists and only two helped me.  One was a catholic therapist I found on CatholicTherapy.com and the other was one who specialized in mixed-race people. If you’re are going to try therapy I suggest finding one that specializes in your particular issue. Say you were adopted and you believe your depression is caused by being adopted. Try to see a therapist that specializes in dealing with people who were adopted.

OK, forget therapy and medication. Below are Catholic ways that I found helpful with my depression that did not require me to see a doctor or receive medication.

1. The Stations of the Cross
2. Novena To St. Dymphna
3. Join A Support Group
4. Books to read
5. Exercise
6. Scriptural Rosary
7. Eucharistic Adoration
8. Go on an Overnight Retreat
9. Volunteer
10. Confession

Here are some other helpful links
http://www.chastitysf.com/depanx.htm

http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Christianity/2004/05/Jesus-Is-In-The-Darkness-With-You-Praying-When-Depressed.aspx

http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2008/02/scripture-passages-for-anxiety-and.html

http://catholicpsychology.blogspot.com/

http://depressedandcatholic.com/

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