Depression and Christianity

Chipped Vessel

Catchy title, right? Depression is sometimes painted as the dirty little secret among Christian circles. It would be very difficult to find anyone at your church, that hasn’t fallen prey to this illness. Yes, it is an illness that lives and feeds on your mind. The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at home or work.

Sadly, this illness is swept under the rug in an attempt to make it go away. If you have suffered from depression you may have heard a well-meaning friend or a critic give you the following advice/observations:

  • Just pray it away, give it to God.
  • Can’t you do anything that makes you happy?
  • I don’t…

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