Monday, May 25, 2009

The Christian and Clinical Depression

The word 'depression' often carries a great stigmatism in many circles, especially Christian ones. Christians often spiritualise (or demonize) all depression and treat the depressed believer as though he or she is sub-spiritual. Often depression is not talked about out of embarrassment. It can go untreated. The further stigmatisms that come with counsellors and medication also deter many Christians from seeking proper help, and it leaves them tailspinning even more. I'm thankful that Pastor John Mahaffey and his wife, Andrea, told West Highland Baptist Church in Hamilton, their story of Andrea's struggle with clinical depression. What a mother's day gift to the church. I recommend that you download or stream the audio here. I was encouraged in Christ as I listened this afternoon.

1 comment:

  1. It is not true that the old men and women are more susceptible to depression than their younger counterparts and it must be mentioned that an individual is said to suffer from depression when he exhibits symptoms, namely, hopelessness, chronic tiredness, appetite loss, loneliness, sadness et al for one week or more. Therefore, it is important for you to get hold of right information on depression related details before starting to treat your depression.