Divorce Recovery Weeks #4 and #5 Notes

Divorce Notes Week 4

FACING MY DEPRESSION

Depression often is manifested as a deep sadness

 

What is depression?

  1. our response to loss
  2. It is normal
  3. It is a healing emotion
  4. It is complex

 

Symptoms of depression

  1. Sadness
  2. Apathy
  3. Desire to isolate
  4. Mental fog
  5. Lack of energy
  6. Suicidal thoughts

 

Causes

  1. Hope deferred
  2. Anger
  3. Feeling worthless

 

Overcoming Depression

  1. Take care of your body (use of antidepressants and counseling may

be  appropriate.

  1. Get/accept help from others
  2. Control your thinking/ meditation can be helpful
  3. Discover the Bible/ Read scripture

GOD’s Message to You: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned: struck down but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

 

 

 

 

 

Divorce Notes Week 5

FACING MY LONELINESS

It is almost impossible to explain how devastating the loneliness of divorce is……….

 

What is loneliness?                ….Nobody Understands

Rejection by the Ex                ….Traded in?

Rejection by family and friends   …you aren’t family anymore!

Isolation                                      …safer to suffer alone

 

Poor responses

  1. Self medication
  2. Promiscuity
  3. New Relationship
  4. Overdependence

 

Dealing with loneliness

  1. Being single isn’t that bad
  2. Learn from it (what could I have done better?)
  3. Make new (safe) friends
  4. Allow others to be helpful
  5. It takes humility (don’t be self absorbed)
  6. Serve others (easy to find someone else who is also in pain)
  7. Reach out to and learn to know GOD

 

GOD’s Message to You: “ The LORD is near. Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD. And the peace of GOD which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:5-7

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