The darkness of prolonged depression is palpable. It is like a heavy obsidian cloak, that burdens the soul, and feeds upon it parasitically. It is different for everyone, yet each person experiencing it, has an uncanny kinship with those who also suffer this painful silent pilgrimage.
It happens over a long period of time. Like walking on the beach in a misty fog, eventually one becomes saturated and soaked to the skin. So it is with finding oneself stuck in the crippling repressive Cycle of Depression. Unlike biochemically enhanced clinical depression, this depression has its psychogenic roots in the mind. It can be labeled depression and it certainly feels like depression, but it has a different pathology.
The person entrapped in the bondage of depression, knows that this melancholy and malaise reaches deep inside of the very soul of the individual. It feels like it is at a cellular level of the mind, and nothing seems to shake its hold upon one's thoughts and consequently, their moods. Medication seems to help for a time, yet eventually the dark shadow returns, over and over again.
Such early life experiences in a child, sets in motion a way of thinking about life that is rooted in woundedness. Rather than an optimistic development of hope, that gives one confidence and courage to face the challenges of life, there develops instead, a belief that nothing will ever work out, so why hope.
The Eeyore Syndrome
Without realizing it, one begins to reinforce situational predictions over and over, and before the day even begins, the belief sets in that this day is a write off. Disappointment and failure are looming so just get it over with.
The links of reinforced thinking in the chain of memories subtly forms a belief that life will always turn out to be disappointing, no matter what you do to prevent it. The perception begins to form, "Prayer and faith doesn’t seem to change anything, so why should I get my hopes up. If I hope for more, I will only become disappointed and more discouragement will happen."
Developing a Truth Oriented Mind
"...For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7
The long term development of The Cycle Of Despair, comes from a habitual pattern of turning to resources, other than God, to solve our troubles, rather than examining how we should respond to them from the Scriptures.