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Depression affects between 30 and 40 million Americans. For many who are Christians they may seek counsel from sources close to their faith. Certainly a reliable source of aid comes from the church itself and the staff there who knows their congregation. Confidence in one’s pastor or priest and their ability to help can also support the Christian struggling with depression.

There are also plenty of sources on the internet, including chat rooms where anonymous and like-minded support can be found.

Interestingly, the Bible does not use the word “depression” although it does describe people we would call depressed. Of course finding a biblical source to support antidepressants is not going to happen, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty for a person of faith to find in the Bible to help with course of treatment.

Scripture discusses many issues of sin or conflict which can affect a person emotionally and bring on depression. The Bible advises looking at the source of conflict for resolution and many good mental health counselors will suggest the same.

Some scripture directly talks about embracing joy over darkness. Philippians 4:1 commands people to rejoice whether they feel like it or not. James 1:2 asks us to “Consider it all joy when we fall into various trials.” James doesn’t say to feel joyful but to choose the joyful perspective. It is an interesting distinction.

Faith in God before obsession with one’s own feelings may also help. Trusting that there is purpose and that there is a meaning to these experiences may be enough for some people to pull through negative feelings.

Some types of depression though are caused by chemical imbalances and when that happens, we should not hesitate to seek medical intervention. God uses medicine to heal. A visit to a good doctor with whom you can speak honestly will answer those questions.

Source: Christian Answers, Christian Advice

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