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Re: Christianity and Depression PeggyY

Posted by Simus on March 12, 2004, at 20:17:26

In reply to Re: Christianity and Depression, posted by PeggyY on March 12, 2004, at 15:14:25

>If you weren't healed then you weren't doing something right. That was also the era that I heard preachers say that those wordly psychiatrist and psychologists were evil and not of God. If you had emotional issues you were supposed to bring it to God only. It was considered weak or even sinful to go to a psychiatrist. Thank God I have be delivered from that guilt.
I can relate to that. At one church years back, in the midst of a deep depression (completely chemical - no upsetting events at the time), the elders literally told me I needed to grow up and face this on my own, and to stop even coming up for prayer. I got lots of advise on what to pray, what to confess, etc., but they wouldn't pray for me anymore. They refused to see it as an illness. At the time, it was devastating. Now, I just see them as a bunch of ignorant people (not my original choice of words). Just to make this clear, I am not putting down Pentecostals. I am only referring to just this one very small, particularly odd church full of goofballs who no longer exist as a church.
> I felt guilty for a long time taking medication because I thought I should be better. It took me a long time to accept the diagnoses I was given. I constantly questioned whether it was really real or not.
I still face this daily.
> We don't question whether a diabetic needs his medication, but we do question our chemical imbalance needing medication. I had to accept that I had an illness that needed treatment.
Thanks so much. It helps hearing someone else say that. I am more accepting of it now.

What do you do when others judge and question you, even those closest to you? That tends to start me down the path of self-condemnation again.




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