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Re: Christianity and Depression PeggyY

Posted by Sent4 on March 13, 2004, at 17:01:52

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

"I grew up in a pentecostal environment. IF you weren't healed then you weren't doing something right."

I was blessed growing up with ministers that encouraged you to go to your doctor. He always encouraged people to come up for prayer, but never-never wanted us to avoid our doctors. That guilt must have added to your depression!
The idea that I was weak in faith because I was depressed so much was my own idea. Even though the scriptures tells us to "cast our cares upon Him, for He careth for you," I felt should should be the strong one and pull up on my boot straps and get over it. The truth is, sometimes we need help and shouldn't be afraid to ask for it. What compounded the problem for me about asking for help, is when I did try to communicate to my friends (I didn't know what was wrong, but I knew I needed a break) I was misunderstood and lost most of my friends. This made the depression a lot worse not being able to lean on a friend.

"it was probably a God Thing that you broke down in your doctors office.

It was! Because I would NEVER have gone to any doctor because of the crying. I was too ashamed.

I believe God chooses to use doctors sometimes to heal us. Giving good diagnosis and having good insights are gifts from God.

Thanks for your response. It is very encouraging. It just feels good to know I'm not alone in this. I really thought it was just me.




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