Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Our mind is the center stage that the drama of depression tends to play itself out on. The main thing we need to be able to do is train our minds to recognize and refute the lies that come against us. Many of the articles having to do with that are in the spirit and soul sections of this website, though, because the lies infiltrate our emotions and our relationship with God. This section of the website focuses on another important skill, which is stepping back and trying to see the bigger picture.
I've always found it helpful when people break down something that's hard to quantify into stages. Overcoming depression definitely qualifies as a difficult to describe process. This is my effort to break the process up into phases. It's imperfect, but I believe it's helpful to think about where you're at and where you need to go next. Click on the pictures below to read about each one.
The life metaphor I would like to use is sailing in a boat on the ocean. Perhaps over time through multiple circumstances you've slowly sprung so many leaks that your boat sank, or maybe tragedy struck and all at once you hit a rock causing your boat to go down. Either way depression hit, and you're left drowning in the middle of the ocean.
The first thing to do is choose life and get to the surface.
After that, we all need a rest and recovery phase.
When you've drifted close enough, it's time to let the driftwood go and swim into shore.
You're almost on solid ground but not quite yet.
Finally, you'll be ready to get back out there and help other drowning people.