How to Overcome Depression Resulting from Blocked Goals — A Quote by Neil T. Anderson in “Victory Over the Darkness”

“Depression often signals that you are desperately clinging to a goal you have little or no chance of achieving, and that’s not a healthy goal… Sometimes the depression resulting from an impossible goal is related to a wrong concept of God…. [In Psalm 13:1-2] David had a wrong concept of God, feeling that He had abandoned him to the enemy… The remarkable thing about David is that he didn’t stay in the dumps. He evaluated his situation and realized, ‘Hey, I’m a child of God. I’m going to focus on what I know about Him, not on my negative feelings.’ He wrote: ‘I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation’ (v. 5)… [and] ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me’ (v. 6). He willfully moved away from his wrong concept and its accompanying depression and returned to his source of hope.”

— Neil T. Anderson, “Victory Over the Darkness”, pp 129-130

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