Understanding Depression


Depression is one of the most misunderstood illnesses of our day. Most other illnesses are socially acceptable, even spiritually tolerable, but suffer from depression and you are labeled as being mentally ill. Mental illness has a stigma that follows it’s victims forever more. Parents grab their children and drag them out of harm’s way as if they expect you to become violent 
Some people expect that one who has fallen beneath the massive wheels of mental illness will never rise again or live a productive life.     
The Christian victim of depression is accused of lacking faith, having hidden sins, laziness, or unbelief which is to say you aren’t a Christian at all.  
The following statement is from Richard O’Conor, a psychologist who has written extensively on depression “I realize now that no simple single=factor theory of depression will ever work.” He goes on to say that depression is partly in our genes, partly in our childhood experiences, partly in our way of thinking, partly in our brains, and partly in our ways of handling or emotions.  
Depression can be inherited through our genes and be part of our temperament type. If we are a deep thinking, deep feeling and artistic perfectionist, we will most likely struggle with depression.  
 If you were raised in an environment where one of our parents reacted to disappointment and stresses by means of depression it is most likely that either we or one of our siblings will learn this means of responding to anxiety.
Poor diet contributes to depression. People who consume large amounts of sugar or caffeine may find themselves craving more or depressed when the sugar or caffeine high wears off. Lack of exercise and insufficient sleep also feed depression 
If a person struggles with low self-esteem or poor self-image, he or she will undoubtedly battle depression. If our self acceptance is based on what others thin or say about us, we will live with daily anxiety and despair  
If we carry damaged emotions from childhood trauma, we will respond to adult situations through the emotions of the wounded child within us. We will find relatively mild circumstances to be overwhelming resulting in hopelessness and depression 
False guilt often accompanies such after affects of childhood trauma. Adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect often carry around false responsibility for what happened to them. They feel guilty for not preventing it, for not being lovable enough to prevent it from happening in the first place. False guilt leads to a feeling of helplessness and depression.