Around 350 million people suffer from depression. In recent years I’ve counted myself in that number. Fortunately, I have more good days than bad but know the depths of sorrow.
This is a common side-effect of having a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease. I’m in a perpetual state of mourning because I continuously lose a part of my husband. His long good-bye, as Alzheimer’s is often referred to, is my death by a thousand cuts.
Prayer is my comfort and constant companion. Leaning on Jesus and Mary gets me through the darkness. Also helpful is time with family and friends, work, exercise, counseling, and medication.
Depression is noted by a change in behavior. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Loss of interest in activity
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Under or over eating
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Sleeping too much
If you are experiencing depression, seek professional help. And pray. You are never alone.