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How do I get over depression?
Most depression is a result of what counselors call "frozen anger," or anger turned inward. What I would call as "Being a emotional Stuffer".
A person may become angry with someone or with a situation over which they have no control. They feel powerless, and anger begins to build inside. But without a healthy outlet for these feeling, they begin to take it out on themselves, turning their anger inward. As a result, they may become verbally aggressive, depressive, and even suicidal.
And if the pain becomes too great, they may turn to what they thing will kill the pain, like alcohol and drugs.
In the military, you were taught to kill. To do this, you probably learned to dehumanize and hate the enemy. Rage pulled many soldiers through combat.
Vietnam was filled with many other reasons for anger: the conditions, the suffering, the war itself. Your anger may have been multiplied by the apathy and anti-war sentiments at home and your reception when you returned.
What did you do with this anger? You kept quiet, suppressing your true feeling, and turned it inside.
The first step for curing depression is to recognizer its root cause - to identify the anger producing situations. Think through your experiences and pay attention to how you react emotionally to each one.
The next step is to talk to God about your feelings, telling him all about why you feel the way you do. That's the heart of prayer being honest with God. You may have to confess something you've done, ask for guidance and direction, or ask for the power to forgive and forget.
As you open up to God, he will forgive you, begin to bring healing, and give you insight into what you should do next. Of course, then it's important to do what you know he is leading you to do.
Also, you may want to consult with a trained Christian counselor. A counselor can help you find the caused for your depression and work through your feelings.
"I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praised to our God."