please pray. i am a christian mum battling with severe depression and anxiety.

Jan - posted on 11/17/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I am from the UK and have a 4 yr old son and a baby on the way. I am really struggling. I have always had high levels of anxiety and depression and had severe post partum depression after my 1st son was born. It lasted 2 and a half years. I am now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy and feeling really scared, depressed and lonely. I am worried about being a mother of 2, even tho I have always loved and wanted children. I tried to speak to people at my church about having ante natal depression and they said I am not praying hard enough or being grateful enough for my blessings. I really am grateful for my son, my husband and my little baby. I am just struggling with anxious thoughts. I feel so guilty for feeling the way I feel. I know a lot of this is due to hormones and the devil trying to rob me of my joy. I just feel so isolated because people in my church believe that if you are a christian, you shouldn't have depression. I wish I could just rewire my brain! I don't want to take meds because of the risk to the baby. Has anyone out there ever felt similar? I would really be grateful for any support or prayers. Thank you

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Christine - posted on 08/12/2015

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being christian does not equal not having depression omg change ur church this sounds sooooooooo judgemental and talk about pressure on u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which area do u live in? both churches i go to in mcr are soooooooo supportive of people with depression i cannot believe this is a claim of any christian organisation its kind of one of the main points of christianity that we are human and depression or other suffering is something to overcome etc etc etc .............chin up i know that doesn't exactly help with depression but having a good social support network does xx

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Amber - posted on 08/12/2015

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Hi Jan-
I know yours is an older post, but I wondered how things turned out after the baby was born? I too have suffered anxiety pretty much my whole life, though I do not know why. And I completely disagree that having anxiety means you are not thankful or praying enough! My boys are now 4 and 7, and I suffered horrible post partum with both, and still struggle with horrible bouts of anxiety, though I am not on medication. I find that for me, feeling isolated and not working outside of my home make my anxiety worse. Also too much change. We have had to move constantly the last few years for my husband's job, and sure enough, every time we move again, I get crippling anxiety for about the first 6 months! Do you have a support system of family and/or friends? Do you get any "you" time out of the house or date nights with the hubby? Because I never got much of any of those, and it makes a world of difference when you do! I hope it all turned out alright for your. I can relate if you need to talk.

Tony - posted on 11/17/2014

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Could be something from your childhood that needs healing. Ellel Ministries give themselves to things like that. There is no quick way one can deal with it on the internet. They would need to ask a lot of questions to find out the roots but they would need your full co-operation and desire to be free of it and obviously faith in Jesus who is the healer.

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