Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.
The exact cause of depression is not known. Many researchers believe it is caused by chemical changes in the brain. This may be due to a problem with your genes, or triggered by certain stressful events. More likely, it's a combination of both.
Some types of depression run in families. But depression can also occur if you have no family history of the illness. Anyone can develop depression, even kids. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001941/)
When you feel depression beginning to take hold of your life, try to do the following:
- Make sure you're still reading the Bible and praying. You have the power, in Christ, to do what God wills.
- Thank God for loving you and bringing you through the bout of depression. God's Word, not your present emotional outlook, is your authority.
- Try not to make a major decision while in a depressed frame of mind.
Here are a few additional thoughts to keep in mind for those struggling with depression:
- Thank God for taking care of you and loving you even when you can't feel it or see it. This exercises your faith and strengthens you.
- At times, depression can relate to emotions that have been ignored or pushed away for years. Be willing to face them through Christ's strength. As Matthew 5:4 says, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
- Though not advisable in every situation, medication may provide needed physical help for people struggling with depression. Talk to a doctor about it.
- Reaching out for Christian counseling can provide support, help you address underlying causes of your depression, and help you develop a plan of action. (http://www.focusonthefamily.com)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).
But the Bible certainly acknowledges that life’s complications can be depressing (the word is used so elastically). We are even commanded to “weep with those who weep.” This means that we sympathize with their grief, rather than trying to convince them that such sorrow is sinful.
What Christians do, however, with their grief may demonstrate either strong faith, or it may result in a debilitating depression. Therefore, we must give serious thought to this question. There is no simple “yes” or “no” answer. (https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1212-is-it-a-sin-for-a-christian-to-be-depressed)