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7/2/18 at 08:43 AM 0 Comments

Christians Depression and Shame

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In my last blog, I dialogue about depression. This blog will be a continuation of that subject. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/what-is-depression-30057/ First, a quick review of the highlights of that blog. What is depression? First of all, depression does not mean that you are crazy? Depression is real. It is not something you can "snap" out of. Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS TREATABLE. Successful treatment can be obtained through education, medication, psychotherapy, group counseling, and support

Symptoms of depression include unhappy mood or loss of general interest or contentment. A depressed mood, loss of interest or enjoyment in activities, loss of gain of weight without trying to diet. Sleeping more or less than usual, loss of energy, tiredness, loss of energy, extreme feelings of worthlessness, helpless. guilt, thoughts of suicide and death. A specific plan of suicide.

The question arises Can Christians be depressed? The answer is yes. You are not crazy. You are not demon possessed. Christians and even Pastors can experience depression and or bouts of depression. Some have committed suicide. They were ashamed of their depression and did not seek help. They did not understand the disease of Depression. Remember Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS A MEDICAL CONDITION. IT IS TREATABLE.

What steps can you take if you feel depressed? Seek out help and get a thorough medical workup, including comprehensive blood work. Ask your Doctor to order a serotonin test. Ask to him to review with you any blood work that is out of order i.e. thyroid, ferritin levels, vitamin D, Vitamin B levels. Many times, we don't review our medical lab works and ask questions but this could be the source of your problems. Request a copy of the lab reports and ask the Dr. to explain how to read it. Review any item that is above or below normal and how it affects your body. Remember, this disease is an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. You may need medication to help things get back in balance. Research what depression is and treatment options. https://share.upmc.com/2016/09/about-brain-chemicals/

Nutrition. Depression can be related to your nutritional status. I’m going to give you several links and it is very important that you take the time to read each link. Knowledge is power. Nutrition plays a very important part in the treatment of depression. What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood. Remember, depression is a Medical condition dealing with biochemistry in the brain. IT IS TREATABLE. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626. Healthy eating is important for overall physical and mental health. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/expert-answers/coping-with-anxiety/faq-20057987 To support depression treatment, nourish your body with nutrient-rich food https://www.sharecare.com/health/depression/how-diet-affecct-depression

People and yes, Christians are struggling with a disease they don’t understand and shame is keeping them from getting the help they need. If you had cancer, would you be ashamed to seek out help? People are committing suicide when it is possible that poor nutrition could be a contributor to their sickness. I pray this is helpful and cause someone to be enlightened to the tactics of the enemy and cause someone to break free from an unnecessary burden. HELP IS AVAILABLE AND CHRIST IS STILL YOUR ANSWER.

SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly Father, we come asking you to release the Blood of Jesus over every person dealing with depression. The 39 stripes on your body guarantee our healing. Healing for the body, mind, will, spirit and emotions. We come against the power of darkness that comes to bring pain, torment, sorrow, guilt, and shame. We receive the abundant life that you have ordained. We speak to the chemicals in the brain that it becomes regulated and function in the manner that it should. We speak to these chemicals in the brain: norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. We speak to the neurotransmitter chemicals and declare it to function normally. We ask the Holy Spirit to change our appetite and teach us how to eat nutritional meals, how to cook our food properly. We now respond to and stand on your word, rejoice, again I say rejoice. God, we ask you to give us a mind to worship you. As we spend time in worship you will heal our mind, will, emotions and spirit. We change our garments and put on the garment of praise. Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. I decree and declare I will not die but live and declare the works of God.

Note: watch for the next few blogs as we discussed overcoming depression. I would love to hear from you if these blogs have been helpful to you. Share your testimony of victory.

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