"Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray." ~Proverbs 12:25-26
I can imagine that almost all of us have suffered with anxiety in our lives at least once. (If you haven't you are very blessed) Anxiety can be caused by a number of things and can be different for one person than another. It can last just a few moments, or for others, a lifetime. And it can turn into depression.
I have suffered with some bouts of depression in my past & there were times where I just didn't feel like I was going to be able to get away from it. Sometimes, I even enjoyed it, because it can feel good to feel sorry for yourself. I would revel in my own private pity-party full of all my 'woe is me's thinking nobody could understand how I felt.
But I had some very special people in my life that kept me from sinking further into it. People I leaned on & those that uplifted me when I needed it the most. They were true friends to me and helped me through the ugly feelings where I began to reach for the light on the other side.
I'm very thankful for friends! I have some friends right now that are such a blessing to my life! I have old friends & new friends, church friends & unchurched friends. It is definitely harder to be the 'shining light' in a group of unrighteous people. You think that you can 'rub off' on them by being the good example but more often than not, the opposite is true. When there is one rotten apple, all the good apples can't restore it to be un-rotten. So goes sometimes with people. You want to be positive but when you are surrounded by negative, negative feelings can begin to grow in you too. However, this does not cause me to give up these friendships either. For I want to see these unrighteous become the righteous one day too. So I try a little harder to guard myself when I'm with them in hopes that they see beyond my imperfect heart & see the heart of God within me.