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Sometimes people feel so bad that they wrongfully see suicide as a way out of a difficult situation, but it is not the answer to your problems. Not only would it hurt the people who care about you, but theologically speaking, it is a sin that would cost you your soul. Some of you feel no one cares about you, but that's not true. God cares about you.

Many people have been through terrible things in life that seem unbearable. Difficulties like sickness, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, emotional traumas, physical traumas, rape, the death of someone close to them - or personally and professionally not quite being where they want to be. Some struggle with guilt over bad choices as well.

Problems can add up one after another and overwhelm you. That can leave you feeling helpless and hopeless. Like things will never get better. Sometimes you're just tired of going through things. Sometimes it seems like it gets to be too much. A situation that you don't know how your going to resolve. These things can test your limits.

Sometimes in life people make bad choices, but it's hard when you are placed in difficult situations that happened because of other people's questionable choices. That's one of the worst. You question the fairness in that, but as the saying goes, sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Problems can lead to depression and leave some feeling suicidal. It doesn't mean you are crazy. It doesn't mean you're a failure. It just means you're hurting. Depression can sadden your outlook on life to the point that it's difficult doing simply things like getting out of bed. The smallest things become a task, a chore, that you don't want to deal with. You want to retreat into your own little world and not have to deal with reality. Friends and family don't understand what you are going through or how to help you through that difficult time. We live in a world that is full of trouble. But leaving this world by taking your life is not the answer.  

Even though you're hurting and find it very hard to go on, suicide is not the answer. God put you on this earth for a reason and it was not to kill yourself. He took the time to give you life and it was not for you to take that life away. Don't do that to yourself. Give your self a chance. Give yourself as many chances as you need to get back on your feet again. And you can get back on your feet again.

A common misconception many have when they are depressed is feeling that things will never get better. That they will spend the rest of their lives feeling sad. It becomes a prospect they cannot bear because they feel so bad. However, things will get better. Give it time. You won't always feel that bad.

An important thing to remember is to take it day by day. Don't try to look too far ahead, as that can add to your depression and anxiety levels, by worrying whether or not things will be okay. Often people worry about future problems that never happened. So, spare yourself the stress.

I'm not gonna lie to you and tell you that all your problems are gonna disappear overnight, because that's not the world we live in. But in due time, things can get better. You just have to keep telling yourself that. You can also try to change your way of thinking. Instead of imagining the worst possible outcome each time. Train yourself to think of the best possible outcome each time. That will improve your state of mind. You may also want to take a look at things in your environment that may be causing the depression:

- Drug abuse, both prescription and illegal, and alcoholism is another source of depression. It is best to get sober. If you are struggling with gaining sobriety, pray and ask God to help you. Many have told of how the Lord helped them overcome drug and alcohol abuse.

- There are people who take diet pills, not realizing that the active ingredients in some of them can cause depression and mood swings. They are designed to suppress your appetite, and sadly, sometimes they suppress your joy as well.

- Some forms of depression are due to a chemical imbalance in the body. It doesn't mean you're crazy, it means that your body's natural balance is out of sync, which could be for a number of reasons. A licensed physician can check if this is the source of your depression.  

Once again, the important thing to remember is things can and will get better if you continue to try to conquer depression. It is worth the fight. Life is precious. God gave you life because He loves you. Jesus is there for you. He can help you deal with the painful feelings you have. In those times you feel horrible, don't give up. Pray, talk to God and let Him know. It could be a prayer as simple as "Lord, I feel really bad. Please help me."

Things may seem really bad, but you can't just lay down and die. Ask God to give you the strength to get back on your feet again. Prayer is a great source of comfort and hope and God can give you the strength to go on and face the challenges in your life. Pray and tell God how you feel and ask Him for His help and guidance. God bless you.


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