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Why We Care  Approximately one in ten people experience a depressive disorder at some point in their life. For some people, it’s sudden, severe, and fades over time. For others, it’s gradual, moderate, and chronic. The fact is, there are many people in your church who are experiencing some form of depression. And yet, it […]

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A discouraged prophet

But he himself [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.  (1 Kings 19:4)  The history of […]

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Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety Lisa DeBoer   Note: I am not dispensing medical advice in this article, and what I write here should not be substituted for clinical treatment by a medical doctor and/or clinical counselor. Further, I cannot possibly cover every aspect of this sensitive and complex subject in an article. Entire books have been […]

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Depression and Anxiety Part 4

We have emphasized that too much stress is most often a contributing factor to depression and anxiety. To combat this two-headed monster of depression and anxiety, we must learn how to minimize stress. And to do that we must be guided by the Bible as we view ourselves and as we live our lives in […]

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In our previous article, we talked about stress. Although one’s genetic makeup may make one vulnerable to depression and anxiety, mental and emotional stress are almost always contributing factors. Stress will sooner or later bring on either depression and/or anxiety. And stress is often self-induced. It is true that situations arise in our lives in […]

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Depression and Anxiety (2)

In the previous article on this subject we noted that twenty percent of teens (1 out of 5) will struggle with severe depression or anxiety before they are adults.  This is not only debilitating but can be terrifying. What can be done to avoid this kind of thing happening?  The things we need to know […]

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Depression and Anxiety (1)

The statistics on teenage depression are rather startling.  About 20 percent of teens (that’s 1 out of 5) will experience depression before they reach adulthood.  Between 10 to 15 percent of teens have some symptoms of depression at any one time.  About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time.   […]

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Depression

“How should we treat a friend or family member with depression?” Depression is more than an occasional feeling of sadness. We all have days when we wake up not feeling our best, tired, moody, or irritable. Depression is a debilitating condition in which a feeling of sadness persists for a considerable period of time. Some […]

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Suicide

What is the proper Christian response to suicide? Can there be any hope of salvation for someone in the church who takes their own life? It is always a tragedy when a person takes his own life. Generally speaking, suicides die “having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12b), and the Bible takes […]

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Abstruse Melancholy

Having read the most recent articles in the “Abstruse Melancholy” series, I would like to make a few comments. First, many thanks to the author for the amount of time and effort that clearly went into writing this series, and many thanks for much of the good practical and medical advice contained therein. The brother […]

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Depression: A Spiritual Illness

Do the responsibilities and cares of this life seem at times to be too much for you to bear? Have you ever felt despair, or what we might call “the blues” due to the circumstances of your life? Many, if not all of us, would probably admit to experiencing feelings such as these at one […]

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Depression

The statistics on depression are quite disturbing. More than 250,000 people are hospitalized in our country every year for depression. Another 200,000 are treated every year for depression on an outpatient basis. It is estimated that anywhere from 8 million to 40 million people in the United States alone experience depression of some sort every […]

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Depression

Depression is one of the most common ailments of our time. There is no one who has not suffered this affliction at some time in his life to a greater or lesser degree. Depression is not a respecter of persons. It occurs at any age from puberty to senility. It affects the wealthy as well […]

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