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Devotions for Mums with Depression
By Nicole Jeffery
I slipped into depression ten weeks after the birth of my first son, Matthew. My husband and I and our six week old baby moved towns, and Nathan started a new job driving trucks. We knew no one in our new city. I was overcome with sadness, having moved away from my family and our support network. The depression manifested in sleeplessness and racing thoughts.
A new doctor was quick to put me on antidepressants and send me to a psychologist. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. What followed was a year of trying one antidepressant after another, appointments with two psychologists and three psychiatrists.
After that period, which was easily the worst year of my life, I fell pregnant with our second son, Ethan. My GP was gravely concerned. But as can happen in pregnancy, the feel good hormones made it a largely pleasant experience.
I started to go downhill again after the birth of Ethan. Four and a half months later, I had a psychotic episode and ended up in the mental health ward of the hospital. Rather than antidepressants, I was given mood stabilizing/antipsychotic medication. Many months later, I have remained on the drug.
It has been suggested that I have bipolar disorder, type two. Now I find that I still have periods of low mood, and times where I feel good.
I have been seeing a counsellor for 18 months. She explained that seeing her is like going to a personal trainer at a gym. We need to exercise our minds. I am in training. For me personally, a Christian counsellor was what I needed. I didn’t open up to my secular psychologists.
So far it has been a long road to healing. I have a biological predisposition to depression.
Many beautiful women have helped me along the way with their friendship and support. I hope to include some of their stories and tips in this book.
I want to encourage you, woman of God, that you are loved. You are beautiful (Song of Solomon 1:15), free (Galatians 5:13), chosen (John 15:16), beloved (Deuteronomy 33:12), sought after (Isaiah 62:12), valuable (Luke 12:24), called (Romans 8:30), forgiven (1 John 1:9), a saint (Philippians 1:1), gifted (1 Corinthians 7:7), and flawless (Song of Solomon 4:7).
As you read through this devotional monthly, I pray that you will be encouraged and inspired. You are a “joyful mother of children” and you can do this! “God is for you”, so who can be against you?
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