Some Words About Depression

How can we define that word depression?  Depression is more than the normal everyday ups and downs that all of us can experience from time to time.  When a person experience a period of down mood for longer than two weeks the condition might be known as clinical depression.

To suffer from clinical depression is a serious condition, because it affects more than our mood. It affects the whole person and in longer perspective it can cause physical sicknesses. Along with bad feelings, people who suffer from depression can also have problem cooping with everyday pressures and duties.

Depressive disorders can run in families as well as physical sicknesses. Bad experiences in life, low self-esteem and a view of life that is very pessimistic certainly increases the risks of being depressed.

Depression strikes millions of people every year, and this is very serious because the condition is linked to many other problems such as bad school performance, alcohol and drug abuse and even suicide. *

What can we do about the situation, then?  Can anyone be free from depression?

Absolutely. Many people find help in counseling and some also feel relief in medication. As Christian depression can be helped by seeking our healing and deliverance in God! The word of God is powerful and many are those Christians that have experienced total freedom through prayer and meditation in the word. Some have experienced instant deliverance while others by biblical renewing of mind have seen their healing during a period of time.

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Signs Of Depression

Christian Depression

It is not always easy to tell if someone is depressed or not. If someone are a Christian depression can been hard to identify if the person want to hide it in order to not appear like a “bad” Christian. It can also be hard to know if someone is really depressed or if they just experience some of those days we all have when we feel down and maybe discouraged. You can be sad, feel grief and so on, and it is just natural things that sometimes come your way. That is not necessarily depression. None of us are having constantly uplifting things happen to us all the time and we all are going through things in life.

But it is important to watch out for signs of depression. The sooner we recognize the problem, the sooner we can get help.  It is important that we help each other here, because people who are depressed often have a hard time thinking clearly or recognizing their own symptoms.

What are the signs then?

(The following signs are my own observation in dealing with my own and other people’s problem as a pastor. I am no medical expert, so do not treat this information like medical fact.* Read the disclaimer) These symptoms I find to be very common, both with younger people and adults.

Sadness – unable to feel joy and happiness

Feeling forsaken by God

Bad self image – feelings of no value, talking about suicide?

Negativity – constantly repeating the bad things that they been through

Hopelessness – can see no future, no hope for the current situation

Bad temper, anger, irritation

Withdrawing from church, fellowship, activities, etc.

Tired and out of energy

Problems falling asleep, waking up after a few hours etc.

Headache, pain in the body….

Problems with concentration

Problems with memory

As you see, the symptoms can be many. But not all people with those symptoms are depressed! But there is a kind of pattern here, if you find several of those things in yourself or in someone else, and it has been going on for a while, maybe it is time to get some help.

If you are a Christian depression and anxiety, worry and all those feelings might pain you as well as people not saved. But you should know that there is nothing God can not help. He loves you and wants to set you free.

If you feel that you want to have some help with you problem, go see a good counselor. And with good I mean someone who is basing their counseling on the word of God in the first place and not just psychology. Counseling under the word of God, prayer and deliverance is the best way for you to be free I think.

Can a Christian go see a professional psychologist? Yes, of course! You can get secular medical help or therapy for your depression as well as someone who has some physical sickness can go see a medical doctor! But be aware of that there might be spiritual issues going on inside of you that a psychologist, if he/she is not Christian, might not address.

On the other hand – the word of God tells us that there is deliverance and freedom in God. We see people healed and delivered in the body of Christ all the time! My suggestion for you is to seek God for your Christian depression and your emotional health problem. If God can heal people from cancer or diabetes, he surely can help someone who needs to be free from depression!

What Can Be The Cause Of Christian Depression?

It is impossible to know all causes of depression – each and every individual has there own history and own personal experiences. This is of course true even with Christian depression. There is research though that suggests a genetic link to depressive disorder, and that the depressive orders run in the families is something that you can see when you counsel people with depression. Ask them about there family, and many have a father or mother or some other relative that struggle with the same problem.

Other factors that causes depression is bad experiences in life. A large amount is counting
the situation in childhood as the main factor; a not so healthy family situation, school problems, abuse and on.

People with low self-esteem, with a strong tendency to be very negative and pessimistic or problem handling pressure at work etc. can develop depression and anxiety. But as said before – the reasons could be many.

When Christians are down and depressed it also can have its cause in religious questions, brooding, melancholy etc.

A Christian depression perspective on this is that no matter the cause God is always greater. You can never find a situation too hard for God to heal and help! What we need to do as Christians – both if we ourselves fight a battle in this or if we want to be helpful as fellow Christians, we need to go to the word of God and find out what it has to say about our mind, our thinking and our feelings.

To be helpful and successful in helping people that want to be free from depression, we have to believe in what God has to say, and act the way God wants us to act. Depression can be hard to get rid of in your own power. But we are not left out in the cold just our selves to trust. We have a loving and caring God that knows all causes and understands every why, and that do not condemn us, but love us wants to lift us up!

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The Importance Of Forgiveness

The importance of forgiveness – help for depressed

Many time when people say they are depressed, the reason behind is relational problems. To forgive someone that has hurt me is a basic Christian belief but can sometimes not that easy to follow. Today we have a lot of broken families and broken relations and it can be hard to stay away from unforgiveness, bitterness and maybe even hatred some times.

But it can not be emphasized enough, the importance of forgiveness. It is a way for healing help for depressed but also other areas in life that need intervention from God.

There are thousands of stories from Christians that have been hurt by someone and that have refused to forgive. They can tell about how it seemed like every prayer for healing and restoration didn’t give any kind of result until the finally decided to forgive the one who have been hurting them.

When they did, many testify about instant miracles, healings and help from God. It is like the unforgiveness has stopped the divine flow in their life. They could not experience the power of God until they decided to give.

And this is a biblical spiritual law. If we forgive, God will forgive us and nothing can stop our prayer anymore! That counts just not for physical healing, but also when you want to be free from depression.

Jesus said:
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(Mat 6:14-15 KJV)

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