“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your
hope in God, for I will yet praise him.”(Psalm 42:5)
Depression is a serious medical condition.
An estimated 38 million U.S. adults have experienced depression at
some point during their lifetime. Studies show that depression occurs twice
as frequently in women as in men. The
causes of depression are the interactions between genetic,
biochemical, environmental, and
psychosocial factors. When the three brain neurotransmitters –
serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine are
imbalanced, it creates the feeling of depression.
According to the DSM-IV , a diagnostic method developed by the American Psychiatric Association, major depressive disorder is diagnosed
when five or more of the following symptoms of depression are present for
most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks: constant
sadness, irritability, hopelessness, feeling worthless or guilty for no
reason, loss of interest in favorite activities, trouble sleeping, low energy
and fatigue, significant weight change, difficulty concentrating, etc.,. If a
major episode of depression is not treated soon, it may turn into suicide or
In fact, all psychiatric
problems are related to both physical and spiritual conditions. The imbalance
of neurotransmitters is merely an expression of it. Many medicines deal with
the imbalance, but have side effects, which cause other physical problems.
Medicines if used on a long-term base can cause one to be dependant on it and
can cause addiction. Actually, the fundamental problem is sinful human
nature. Our selfishness and pride make us go against God. Distrusting God is
the source of all evils. There is only one way to deal with sin; that is to
face it honestly and come to God to ask for forgiveness. Our God is merciful
and He surely wants to help us.
With treatment of depression
by medicine, we can see immediately results, but it cannot remove the root
cause of the problem. The best treatment is to keep a normal relationship
with God. Keep Him involved in our daily life. We can cast our burdens on Him
and receive strength and wisdom to deal with our challenges. Everyone has
depression, just like we all have a sinful nature, however, we can quickly
get out of depression, if we know how to trust and depend on God.