Dealing with Depression

6 Sept 2013 by Joseph Tan-



When society becomes more affluent, the type of diseases facing us switch from being physical to being mental in nature. We can observe that in the Western world, there is an increasing need for the services of mental health professionals for people at work and also at home. There are increasing symptoms of depression – in the workplace, usually they are manifested as disengagement, sick leave, low productivity and poor morale. 

Although there are cases where prescription is required to overcome depression but in most cases, what is required is a deliberate effort in clarifying a sense of life purpose perspective. Depression happens as a result of being overwhelmed by the regrets of the past and being unmotivated to influence the future – what is needed is the creation of a powerful motivating present perspective. 



In this week's Wise-Video, you will have a practical approach towards treating depression in a way that is personal and motivating because it helps you to learn from lessons of the past and to build upon your hopes for the future. When I am focused on living my life with a strong sense of purpose in the context of who I am and who I hope to become, then I am too busy to be depressed!

"Depression is the inability to construct a future." ~ Rollo May.




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A practical approach to treat depression is to develop our life purpose, according to Joseph Tan. And who would know our life purpose better than God, our Creator who desires for our good?


1 Cor 2:9

However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" — the things God has prepared for those who love him–


Jer 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


There are many things in our lives, which can cause depression and you may have tried many ways to be happy. But now, rather than fixing your eyes on your failures, fix your eyes upon the Lord because His Love never fails (Psalm 136). While you may have failed in being happy, don't feel bad about yourself because the Lord knows your sorrows and collect all your tears in a precious bottle (Psalm 56:8). However you feel, one fact still remain; God loves you and his love never fails. And because you are in Him, you will not fail as well as long as you abide in Him (John 15:4). A practical solution then is to pray to God, talk to Him, and constantly feed on the Word of God for encouragement. Be encouraged today and every day!




Psalm 136:1-9;23-26

Praise the Lord! He is good.

God’s love never fails.

Praise the God of all gods.

God’s love never fails.

Praise the Lord of lords.

God’s love never fails.

Only God works great miracles.

God’s love never fails.

With wisdom he made the sky.

God’s love never fails.

The Lord stretched the earth over the ocean.

God’s love never fails.

He made the bright lights in the sky.

God’s love never fails.

He lets the sun rule each day.

God’s love never fails.

He lets the moon and the stars rule each night.

God’s love never fails.


God saw the trouble we were in.

God’s love never fails.

He rescued us from our enemies.

God’s love never fails.

He gives food to all who live.

God’s love never fails.

Praise God in heaven.

God’s love never fails.


John 15:4

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.


Psalm 56:8

You keep track of all my sorrows.

You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

You have recorded each one in your book.



Note: The second part of the article is added by Christianity Malaysia to make the article relevant to the readers of this website.


Joseph Tan is the founder and consultant of Good Monday Consulting, whose mission is to resolve conflict and reduce stress at work, at home and in life by focusing on the root cause of character and developing core strengths. You can contact him at


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