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How can we get over depression?
Most depression is a result of what counselors call "frozen anger," or anger turned inward.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. Iraq 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 cause 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. Psalm 40: 1-3
Why do we feel so guilty?
War can bring out the best and the worst in people. Thousands of men sacrificially gave themselves for their comrades, falling on grenades or taking bullets to save the lives of others. And some did the opposite. But in any war, soldiers must do things that they never imagined they could or would. How can someone ever get over killing another human being?That's why many veterans never talk about their combat experiences. Burying their memories and guilt, they try to put the war behind them. Guilt and war go together.
Or perhaps you have wondered why you lived when others died. That's called "survivor's guilt," feeling guilty for surviving when so many perished. You may even wish that you could trade places with someone who died in the war. Even military personnel who were stationed offshore or away from the war zone can suffer similar guilt. And often medical personnel, who were trained to save lives and yet saw thousands die, blame themselves.Whether or not you really are guilty (in the moral or legal sense) is not important here. Because you feel guilty and overwhelmed, you need to face your feeling and get help!
But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. [And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins. 1 John 1:9
Can we be forgiven?
Yes, but you can't find freedom from your past by yourself. You need to talk with someone who has been there, who know what you're been through, and has found forgiveness. Contact other Veterans who have experienced the same thing and have found freedom from their past. These veterans will help you talk about your experiences - letting the hurt out - without criticizing or judging you. These are vets who understand what you're going through.Instead of stuffing the memories deep down inside, you need to open your psychological wounds and have them cleaned out so they can heal.
Of course true and complete forgiveness can only come from God. Ultimately, all sin is against him. And the great news is that he stands ready to forgive and forget, if you'll let him. This means that all the horrible things you are carrying around have to be released - and only God can carry that burden for you. But you have to be willing to give it up. Thousands of veterans just like you have found the freedom that God give. You can have it too!
This is not a treatment program, but rather a peer coaching and support program whose primary purpose is helping combat veterans find healing, balance, and positive, re-integration with their families and in society . Vet's Life are held primary in the Champaign-Urbana Area and its a Charity organization as well. In addition, the Vets Life support group exist to assist family members ( spouse, parents, sibling, child, caretaker, ect.) of PTSD suffers in understanding and healing from PTSD and Suicide Prevention