Christian Depression Treatment
The National Institutes of Health notes that major depression is one of the most common mental health issues afflicting adults in the United States. In fact, as of 2015, it was estimated that as many as 16.1 million adults experienced at least one episode of major depression each year, which is about 6.7 percent of the population.
Some people are more prone to depression than others. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more women than men had major depressive episodes in 2015, and younger adults reported episodes than older adults. It should be noted that this could be due to some people's reluctance to report depressive episodes, though, because while advances have been made in mental health, many people still see it as a stigma.
If you search Bible verses for depression, though, you'll find that depression and other issues of mental health aren't a stigma. They are, instead, an affliction that occurs naturally in our human condition. While not everyone will deal with depression, many people do. Even the Psalmists are recorded expressing depression and anxiety throughout the Scriptures.
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Psalm 42:11
King David himself questions his own depression. “Why are you disturbed and downcast” he asks himself. Even knowing that he should put his trust in God, he can't help but battle his very human demons from time to time. You don't have to be like David and seek isolation in a cave. Instead, you can seek help to battle the demons of depression, anxiety or drug use.
What is depression, and do I have it?
Depression can refer to two different things. First, every person has been depressed – or profoundly sad for a length of time – at some point in their lives. Being depressed, especially situationally because of some great loss, is not necessarily the same thing as suffering from clinical depression.
Clinical depression occurs when those feelings aren't relieved naturally by the passing of time. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which clinicians use to make diagnoses, defines major depression as:
- Lasting two weeks or longer
- Presence of either a depressed mood or a defined lack of interest in things that used to provide pleasure to someone
- The presence of at least four other symptoms that are associated with loss or changes in function, including changes or problems with eating or sleeping, self-image, memory, concentration or energy levels
Who can suffer from depression?
Any person can suffer from depression, and the illness doesn't discriminate or avoid people simply because of their faith. In fact, Christians who are suffering from depression may take these emotions and compound them with guilt because they feel their faith isn't strong enough to draw them out of the depression. These feelings may further impede seeking help because of the shame. In reality, depression can be a chemical issue in your body or stem from a variety of medical or mental health issues. If positive thinking and prayer wiped out all depression, it wouldn't be nearly as frightening and difficult to deal with.
Remember, even a king of Israel who had enough faith to slay giants still battled depression off and on throughout his life!
Signs of depression
If you're asking yourself, "Do I have depression?" or you're worried someone you love might be suffering from depression, look for some of these signs of the mental health issue. If you can check off more than one of these signs, then it's worth reaching out to a professional for a consultation or more information.
- Difficulty with memory or concentration, especially not remembering important details
- Feeling helpless, worthless or guilty
- Restlessness, anger or irritability
- Changes in appetite, especially extremes in any direction
- Problems sleeping or sleeping too much
- Unexplained aches and pains throughout the body
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Constant feelings of pessimism
- Decreased energy
- Digestive problems or cramps
- Taking risks that put yourself in danger
- Talking constantly about death or how things would be "better" if you weren't around
Depression is often a co-occurring diagnosis. That means that a number of people who are treated for depression also suffer from either a substance abuse disorder or another mental health issue. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 50 percent of people who are diagnosed with depression are also suffering from an anxiety disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has also conducted studies that indicate individuals that use or abuse drugs have a higher risk for mental health disorders, including depression.
Dealing with any mental health or substance abuse disorder can be scary and dangerous. Dealing with depression on top of another affliction can make recovery seem like an impossible and hopeless endeavor.
It's never hopeless though, as Romans 8:31 says, If God is for us, who can be against us? Call (844) 402-3605 right now to find hope and help with recovery. Our compassionate, counselors are waiting now to take your call, and we answer the phone 24 hours a day every day of the year.
Christian depression treatment options
As Christians, we know the earthly world will never be perfect, the Bible is pretty clear on that, as is Jesus. But he also offers us a promise of hope.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Jesus overcame the world so that we would have hope and grace to look forward to. That doesn't mean your depression, anxiety or drug use issues are going to suddenly melt away because you have accepted Christ. But accepting Jesus does mean you won't have to deal with those issues alone. Call Road to Freedom today to learn more about how our program can help. Our Christ-centered depression treatment professionals work with you to overcome depression so you can seek a fuller life.
How Christ-centered counselors help you seek a more abundant life
Depression doesn't have to rule your life, and we can help you identify the reasons for your depression and work on those issues. A Christian residential treatment center lets you step away from the hustle and bustle of life to concentrate on your mind, body and spirit – something that is absolutely required when treating depression.
We help in overcoming depression via services that include:
- Drug detox and treatment if chemical dependency is a cause of or symptom of your depression. You can't concentrate on making your mind and body healthier if you're worried about withdrawals, and our medical staff can help with that.
- Individual and group counseling that approaches your issues in a compassionate, Christian way so you can identify triggers for behavior and emotions and learn healthy coping mechanisms to battle depression, anxiety or drug or alcohol cravings.
- Medication if necessary to help balance chemicals in your body to normal levels.
- Pastoral support and Bible study to help you draw nearer to God.
- Education and training on career, diet, exercise and other life skills than can help you battle depression in the future.
Learning life skills and continuing care after inpatient treatment
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about the good things: "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lonely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy." This is great advice, but it's important to remember that positive thinking can't always overcome depression on its own. You will leave residential treatment with a new set of skills to face addiction and a better understanding of God’s love.
Depending on the support you need, our outpatient program may be a good choice after residential care. Our Christian outpatient program allows you to continue your life outside of rehabilitation and still receive the counseling support you need, around your schedule.
Don't let depression run your life. Take a step toward recovery and God by calling (844) 402-3605. One phone call puts you on the Road to Freedom.