Monday, February 7, 2011

Teens Surviving the Storm

So many people suffer from depression.  It can be even worse when you're young and feel trapped in difficult circumstances.  We hear of so many young people who are desperate enough to even take their own lives.  It is so sad, and it is so wrong because there are so many adults out in this world who do honestly care.  So many who are willing to step out in prayer and action for their young friends.

If you know someone who is suffering, or if you are still suffering in silence, you don't need to handle this all alone. The following video is helpful.  There is help.  There is hope.  Help and hope straight from the heart of God.

    Adults:  One of the most important things to recognize is that teens struggling through depression are not acting. Too often serious teen depression is blown off as just being typical dramatic teen stuff. Teens who are afflicted by depression are not weak. They're not trying to be lazy, moody, difficult or obnoxious. They're not trying to get in our faces. It's almost as though there's something behind them pushing them into conflicts with parents and others. These struggling suffering teens already feel like no one understands and no one cares. They don't need our judgment and rejection. They need our compassion, our patience, and our help. They need to know there is hope.

    Teens and young adults: If you find yourself walking in the darkness of depression, please know that you're not alone. There are people who care about you who and want to help. Sometimes when you're depressed that's hard to believe but it's true. Talk to someone who cares: a parent, a doctor, your pastor, your teacher, your friend or a professional counselor. There's lots of information and sources of help that can give you a better understanding of what it is you're going through.

Feel free to call me at 763-291-3499 or my wife Toni at 763-957-9296. We'll help you find the help you need.  Or go to Pastor Gary E. Nelson's website:  You do not need to do this alone.

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