Depressed Christian?

Depression isn’t caused by a lack of faith.

That’s not to say that depression isn’t influenced by spiritual factors. For sure our spiritual condition and the life choices that flow out of it can have a significant impact on depression.

Depression, especially major depression, is chemical.

It has to do with that squishy organ that exists between your ears. If you have a problem with the functioning of any other squishy organ in your body (liver, kidney, heart, ect) you don’t usually jump to personal sin as a root cause. It certainly could be involved, but it could just as much be a non-spiritual issue.

A good Christian counselor will help you sort through what, if any, spiritual concerns may be contributing to your depression. They will also help you address the physical and circumstantial contributors. A Bible believing integrational therapist will also believe and pray with you for God’s healing power in your body. We believe that God is able to heal and he does heal. Sometimes that’s instantaneously in a cathartic alter experience. At other times that’s over the course of treatment through parts of his body (like depression counselors) and perhaps through the aid of modern medications.

While God sometimes chooses, for his own reasons and purposes, to miraculous heal eyes that are unable to see, most of the time God works through glasses and contacts. Let’s not be any less thankful that God has given us access to this kind of healing then when he chooses to heal without those mechanisms.

How Counseling Helps Depression

Depression is caused by a combination of influences including our biological makeup, situations of life, and the way we process or think about those situations. The good news is we are not powerless when it comes to these factors. We can influence our body by the way we care for it, we can influence our situations of life by how we respond to them, and we can change the way we think about our circumstances by deciding to think Truthfully about them.

Counseling for depression addresses all three of these areas. Depression counseling will help you identify body self-care issue and teach you practical (and clinically proven) ways to relieve depression symptoms through good self-care. The counselor will help you sort through the situations of life you are facing and determine the best way to take life head on. Perhaps most importantly, a good depression therapist will help you identify the misbeliefs in your thinking that contribute to your depression.

Thoughts are powerful. Literally every thought has a chemical existence in your brain. Each thought has emotional consequences (meta data that tells your brain what “feelings” to generate in reference to that thought). How we think about our-self and our circumstances greatly impacts how we feel about the same.

Depression Counseling can help depression in a number of ways:

  • Counseling can help you identify and reduce stressors in your life that contribute to depression.
  • Perspective has a huge influence on emotion, and thus depression. Counseling can help you evaluate your perspectives on family, relationships, friends, faith, and work.
  • A good therapist will help you identify practical ways to combat depression symptoms and improve your overall sense of well-being.
  • Sometimes you have people in your life who want to help you with your depression, but just don’t know how. A depression counselor can help you know how to explain to friends and families how to be helpful (and what’s not).
  • Most importantly: Counseling will help you identify and take corrective action in the situations that are causing your depression to begin with.


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