I think I’m depressed. I’m constantly on the verge of tears, snappy, short tempered etc. I feel like a failure and like I just can’t cope. I’ve got a great support system and I’m trying to take action, writing myself positive notes, listing the things I’m thankful for etc. But it’s not working, today I wondered if going to church would help me, despite not being religious at all.
That really depends on the cause of your depression. Is it environmental? Like, are things in your life rough right now? Problems at home or at work? Other issues? Or is your life good but you still feel really depressed?If it's the first, then church might help, if only because being around people might help (although as an atheist I wouldn't be the first to recommend religion as a support system). But you might be better of talking to your friends or family about what's bothering you, or trying to make some changes if you feel there are things you can do to help improve things.If it's the second though... where you think your life is good but you still feel depressed, then it may be clinical depression. In which case you should definitely talk to a professional. Maybe find some resources online with questionnaires that can help you determine which you're feeling.Sorry if this isn't very helpful.
In that case... I'd recommend trying to find an outlet other than religion, especially if you're not religious. Sounds like you need to find something that you can use as a stress release. Maybe look into yoga, or meditation (which is really just breathing and trying to quiet your mind, which might help you cope better), or maybe martial arts.I'd even recommend a vacation if you think you can afford it. It really sounds like things are just building up more than maybe you've had to deal with in the past. That's usually a sign that you need a break (vacation). Even if you don't go anywhere, it's enough to just not have to worry about the job for a few days. But if that's not possible, I'd still recommend the other options. Find something you can do that will help you focus your mind or clear it alltogether.
Now see, be careful with generalizations you make in your head about church; different churches are very far removed from each other. Avoid: Baptist, Methodist and Catholic churches; in general, you should find Assembly of God, Evangelical Free or Non-Denominational churches if you want to find supportive counselors or just be in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
We've had some money problems over the last couple of months and I work in a high pressure job, but I've always been able to cope with anything and I've been coping for years. So now I'm a bit freaked out that I can't cope, if that makes sense?I generally love my life but I just feel abit like I can't cope at the minute, well alot! I just want to feel myself again and thought church might help despite not believing in god, maybe more I a comfort thing.
I believe that Jesus can pull you out of any pit that you're in. He saved my life, and I know that if you would just give Him a chance to change your life, He will. You might not just wake up the next day feeling great (it's totally possible), but you just have to remember that it's a process."But I called on your name, Lord, from deep within the pit. You heard me when I cried, "'Listen to my pleading! Hear my cries for help!'" Yes, you came when I called; you told me, "'Do not fear."' Lamentations 3:55-57
I don't believe church will help with depression. I mean, maybe on a short-term basis you'll feel better "inside" or whatever, but depression is a mental illness that needs to be treated seriously. Saying a few prayers and talking to some figure in the sky isn't going to fix anything, so my answer is: NO.
Go talk to a professional. Get REAL help. Don't let it go untreated and don't be so naïve as to think the idea of "god" will cure you.
(I'm atheist so maybe I'm not the best person to answer this...)
My dog past away two years ago and I cried so much i couldn't bare going out and have fun anymore. It wasn't till my sister asked me to join her for church and i declined because church wasn't my thing because i'm not that religious but they kept nagging me so i figure this might be a sign so i just went. Lets just say whatever the priest said that day was literally spot on with what i was dealing with. I teared up a bit but held them in because i'm not comfortable with crying in front of people but i felt relieved. i felt like the pressure has been lifted off my shoulder and i slowly began my life again. I'm not saying that church is the way to go and that you should go but this was my experience. After that i don't ever go to church but looked at it as a sign from my dog to tell me it's okay and that i should go on with my life. It's really up to you if you feel like you really need to go or not. Go with what your heart tells you too. Good Luck.