The Bible on Depression

The Bible on Depression

There are 293 comments on the About.com story from Nov 3, 2011, titled The Bible on Depression. In it, About.com reports that:

You won't find the term "depression" in the Bible, except in the New Living Translation .

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“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

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#2 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin. Depression can lead to suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression is a primary symptom among homosexuals. In other words depression leads to demonic oppression and possession and needs to be cured, not tolerated.
I don't agree with this at all. Elijah was showing all the signs of depression in 1 Kings 19 even as far as wanting to die. Note how God eals with Elijahs depression. He feeds Him and tells him to rest and eventually when Elijah is ready to receive it God gives the much needed encourgement.
Elijahs depression was not a product of sin either considering he had just had a great victory over the prophets of Baal.

I hope you are not a doctor for real if this is the type of attitude you show to people who are suffering.

“so tell me......”

Since: Aug 08

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#3 Nov 7, 2011
typo. note how God deals with Elijahs depression.
PIE

Charleston, WV

#4 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin. Depression can lead to suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression is a primary symptom among homosexuals. In other words depression leads to demonic oppression and possession and needs to be cured, not tolerated.
If it is honestly due to a chemical imbalance in the body, how is it a product of sin?

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

Since: May 08

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#5 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin. Depression can lead to suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression is a primary symptom among homosexuals. In other words depression leads to demonic oppression and possession and needs to be cured, not tolerated.
Don't you think that maybe homosexuals have a depression problems because so many are taught to hate them?

IMO hate fill bigots are homosexuals biggest problem. If people would let them be they would be no worse off in dealing with depression then the rest of us.

In the simplest of terms, your part of the problem.

Since: Aug 08

Somewhere in Ireland

#7 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin. Depression can lead to suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression is a primary symptom among homosexuals. In other words depression leads to demonic oppression and possession and needs to be cured, not tolerated.
The only things not to be tolerated are people like you. You completely lack any empathy for your fellow man. What do you do for fun, pull the wings of butterflies perhaps?

Since: Oct 09

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#8 Nov 7, 2011
par five wrote:
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The only things not to be tolerated are people like you. You completely lack any empathy for your fellow man. What do you do for fun, pull the wings of butterflies perhaps?
Yes, the "doctor" is a perfect example of theism.

“Only Biblical methods will ”

Since: Apr 10

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#9 Nov 7, 2011
A decent amount of depression is related to a chemical imbalance or genetics. One example is PTSD related depression is often a serotonin related imbalance. Those returning from war zones frequently exhibit depression as one symptom.

Treatment is available, but sometimes that means long term if not permanent placement on anti-depressants. There are many venues of treatment out there now. Some people with depression can never be "cured", but they can be treated and the symptoms can be mitigated. Most people who receive adequate treatment for depression live almost normal or normal lives. In fact, it is unlikely you would know if even a close friend was being treated for depression unless they told you or they were in early stages of treatment.

At what point do you recommend deciding which people are incurable--six months, one year, two years? Then what should we do if we are not to tolerate the fact that they cannot be "cured"? What exactly are you proposing for those that are incurable?
Punisher

Brentwood, NY

#10 Nov 7, 2011
PIE wrote:
<quoted text>If it is honestly due to a chemical imbalance in the body, how is it a product of sin?
Or the result of someone else...like some pervert who kidnaps some girl and holds her in cage in his yard and makes her have his children...?

“Only Biblical methods will ”

Since: Apr 10

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#11 Nov 7, 2011
Or situational depression, resulting from the death of a loved one, recent loss of a job or many other things that happen in our lives that we have no control over, and that some people recover from.

“Only Biblical methods will ”

Since: Apr 10

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#12 Nov 7, 2011
should have been *never* recover from.

“Jesus is Lord”

Since: Aug 11

Greenwood, Indiana

#13 Nov 7, 2011
Do anyone have any idea what is "Depression"? Anyone can talk about depression, or give there advice but do they know what it is or are they all hot air with there advice?

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Rio Rancho, NM

#14 Nov 7, 2011
ThePreacherman01 wrote:
Do anyone have any idea what is "Depression"? Anyone can talk about depression, or give there advice but do they know what it is or are they all hot air with there advice?
Hie thee to the Latter Day Saints forum. They'll know. The Mormons freely admit that they are the highest per capita consumers of anti-depressants in the nation.
PIE

Charleston, WV

#15 Nov 7, 2011
Punisher wrote:
<quoted text>Or the result of someone else...like some pervert who kidnaps some girl and holds her in cage in his yard and makes her have his children...?
Yes, I agree. Both Mr. and Mrs. Garrido deserve far worse than being kept alive at the expense of the American tax payer. I could see Miss Dugard having some serious issues with depression due to the Garrido's heinous act of kidnapping and imprisonment of her to use as a sex slave.
judgemonitor

Orange, CA

#16 Nov 7, 2011
angelinaUK wrote:
<quoted text>I don't agree with this at all. Elijah was showing all the signs of depression in 1 Kings 19 even as far as wanting to die. Note how God eals with Elijahs depression. He feeds Him and tells him to rest and eventually when Elijah is ready to receive it God gives the much needed encourgement.
Elijahs depression was not a product of sin either considering he had just had a great victory over the prophets of Baal.
I hope you are not a doctor for real if this is the type of attitude you show to people who are suffering.
I suggest you try to spend at least one hour a year reading scripture. Elijah was depressed because sin had become common to man. Sin reigned from Eve to Elijah, but had no reign in man prior to that. Neither Adam nor Eve were ever sick or depressed prior to sin. God did not design man to be depressed.

If the medical community practiced true biblical healing and medical practices, there would be less depression, and other doctors that you refer to would not pollute and fill the body with chemical toxins called pills and medicine.

The Definition of "Psychology"
by Gene Zimmer

The word "psychology" is the combination of two terms - study (ology) and soul (psyche), or mind. The derivation of the word from Latin gives it this clear and obvious meaning:

The study of the soul or mind.

This meaning has been altered over the years until today, this is not what the word means at all. The subject of psychology, as studied in colleges and universities, currently has very little to do with the mind, and absolutely nothing to do with the soul or spirit.

It is important to understand that words and ideas are supposed to refer to something. "The large tree in the front yard" refers to an actual thing that can be seen, touched and experienced. "The man walking his little dog last night at sunset" refers to an actual event that can be seen, observed and experienced. The realm of mind is an actual realm that can be experienced, and at one time there were words that accurately referred to this realm.

Let's see what a few dictionaries have to say and how a word could alter and lose its true and actual meaning.

"Psyche" is defined as:

1. The spirit or soul.
2. The human mind.
3. In psychoanalysis, the mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior.

And defining "soul", we have:

1. the spiritual or immortal elements in a person.
2. a person's mental or moral or emotional nature.

Most of us would agree we have a "psyche" per the above definitions in the sense of mind, thought, and emotions. Most would also agree they have a "soul" per the second definition above relating to man's mental, moral or emotional nature. We might all have different notions about what these ultimately are, but few could sanely disagree they exist.

The derivation of "psyche" comes from Latin and the Greek psukhe - breath, life, soul. To get a better "feel" for this term try to think of it as the invisible animating principle or entity that occupies, interacts with and directs the physical body.
Judgemonitor

Orange, CA

#17 Nov 7, 2011
Jammercolo wrote:
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Don't you think that maybe homosexuals have a depression problems because so many are taught to hate them?
IMO hate fill bigots are homosexuals biggest problem. If people would let them be they would be no worse off in dealing with depression then the rest of us.
In the simplest of terms, your part of the problem.
You are very wrong. The mental illness and sin consciousness of homsexuality is the reason for depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide among homosexuals.

If you were right, then pedophilia, bestiality, and even transsexual would experience a much higher rate. The rate is the rate of suicide and depression is less among all of the above categories, than in homosexuals.

Homosexuals account for over 38% of all teen suicides and over 50% of all suicides. The major depressive disorder is caused by homosexual activists, who prevent treatment for homosexuality.

We find the truth in coutries where homsexuality is accepted, and find no change in the depressive disorder.

An extensive study in the Netherlands undermines the assumption that homophobia is the cause of increased psychiatric illness among gays and lesbians. The Dutch have been con- siderably more accepting of same-sex relation- ships than other Western countries—in fact, same-sex couples now have the legal right to marry in the Netherlands.76

So a high rate of psychiatric disease associated with homosexual behavior in the Netherlands means that the psy- chiatric disease cannot so easily be attributed to social rejection and homophobia.

The Dutch study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, did indeed find a high rate of psychiatric disease associated with same-sex sex.77 Compared to controls who had no homosexual experience in the 12 months prior to the interview, males who had any homosexual contact within that time period were much more likely to experi- ence major depression, bipolar disorder, panic dis- order, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive dis- order. Females with any homosexual contact within the previous 12 months were more often diagnosed with major depression, social phobia or
alcohol dependence. In fact, those with a history of homosexual contact had higher rates of nearly all psychiatric pathologies measured in the study.78 The researchers found “that homosexuality is not only associated with mental health problems dur- ing adolescence and early adulthood, as has been suggested, but also in later life.”79

Researchers actually fear that methodological features of “the study might underestimate the differences between homosexual and heterosexual people.

“ ILKS r kewl ”

Since: Apr 09

Conch republic

#18 Nov 7, 2011
judgemonitor wrote:
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How many names are you going to post under?
I swear, the stupidity of some people is beyond comparison.

“ ILKS r kewl ”

Since: Apr 09

Conch republic

#19 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin.
Then you accuse native of being the biggest sinner on this site!
Atheist Crusader

London, UK

#23 Nov 7, 2011
The Doctor wrote:
God may not be angry about our depression, but it is a product of sin. Depression can lead to suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression is a primary symptom among homosexuals. In other words depression leads to demonic oppression and possession and needs to be cured, not tolerated.
That's the christian doctrine for you,born rotten and commanded to be well,born in sin and filth,not worthy of entering heaven until the act of baptism by the local ju-ju man is carried out,a couple of lines of mumbo-jumbo,a splash of water,and your done.

Since: Apr 07

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#25 Nov 7, 2011
Judgemonitor wrote:
<quoted text>Nope, it takes more than that. Good luck with cancer, AIDS, diabetes, STDS, heart disease and all the other ailments that ignore your mumbo-jumbo. Strange dude, you are, I have not had a common cold in over 24 years and you and your ilk can't even cure it.
Why don't you go and see a psychiatrist, "Doktor"? You are the most vile, psychotic poster, here.

Since: Apr 07

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#26 Nov 7, 2011
Judgemonitor wrote:
<quoted text>Nope, it takes more than that. Good luck with cancer, AIDS, diabetes, STDS, heart disease and all the other ailments that ignore your mumbo-jumbo. Strange dude, you are, I have not had a common cold in over 24 years and you and your ilk can't even cure it.
It's truly amazing that you are not posting from an asylum, or are you? It's a shame that your insane garbage is allowed to be posted on Topix.

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