Get Physical

Day 26 of 31 days of depression.

As we get to the end of this series, I will be stepping up the punches.

If you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks, you need to go see your doctor and get a full physical and lab work done.

It’s not my favorite either – and trust me, I need to take my own advice here -but if you have an underlying issue going on, it needs to be addressed.

If your doctor doesn’t listen and really try to help, see someone else. Until you get an answer.

Make it your mission to get better.

See a naturopath doctor.

A few suggestions to have checked:

  • Allergies
  • Thyroid
  • Blood sugar
  • Iron level
  • Hormones

That’s not an exhaustive list clearly but it is a good start. Request that all these tests are included in your care. If you have a suggestion to add to this list, please leave it in the comments!

I want you to get help. If your doctor only offers a prescription and no blood work and counseling with a professional, see someone else.

Your life’s on the line. You wouldn’t mess around with this if it were your child or another loved one. Love yourself enough to seek the very best help you can get.

Do today:

    • Memorize this scripture: He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
    • Decide ahead of time what your response and reaction will be when you are facing a mean girl day or time. Put it into action.
    • Writing Prompt: Write a list of things you’ve been experiencing and how long the symptoms have been going on. What tests do you want the doctor to perform? What specifically will you ask your doctor to do for you? Take this list with you. Keep a journal for doctor visits. Write down everything the doctor tells you and any and all further symptoms you continue to have. Don’t forget to write what you are thankful for and act on it.  *If you would like a safe and free place to write, try this online journal at Penzu. It is password protected and you can even encrypt the journal if you need to. You can also use a fake name and junk email address for further protection. This way no one at home finds your personal diary entries.
    • Pray: Lord, please guide me to the right doctor. You are the great physician of life and if there is something else going on within my body, please help us figure it out. Thank you for being my savior and my healer.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based on my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion.



  1. I met with a counselor and we made appointments for the next month. Knowing that I would likely be too upset to remember what I wanted to ask about on the first visit, I made a list. The appt time came, I put my list in my bag and went. When she asked if there was anything I wanted to talk about my mind was so blank I forgot all about that list I had made.
    Maybe have a friend go with you, drive you, keep a copy of that list you made!

    • Oh no, totally something I would do and have done. Next time. Bring it in your hands so you can’t forget 🙂 Hand it to the counselor as you walk in the door. I’m SO glad to hear you are seeing a counselor. Keep me posted, Amy. Praying for success with your counselor.

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