This has got to be one of the most heartless , no empathy responses from Lori:
May 28, 2017 at 11:30 am
This does not apply to legitimate clinical depression due to chemical imbalances. I have a friend who is a dear sister in Christ and she suffers from depression through no fault of her own. She needs medication to help her sick brain wiring the same as I do to help with my sick thyroid wiring.
Lori Alexander says:
May 28, 2017 at 11:53 am
Why is depression in women skyrocketing, Joy? Many, many women are on drugs for it which a side effect is depression! God tells us in His Word that He gives us a “sound mind” so I believe and trust Him.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7) and that we are transformed by renewing our minds with truth so I believe a lot of these “depressed” women would find a lot of relief if they would take their eyes off of themselves and their circumstances and put them on Christ and who they are in Him instead.
May 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm
While it’s true that many women and men claim depression flippantly, Joy is right. There is legitimate clinical depression where happiness is not a choice that one is able to make. If we use Scripture as our guide, we will notice in the Psalms that David and the other writers experienced deep, deep suffering and depression beyond ordinary sadness. Their response was to cry out to God in desperation rather than attempt to be happy. Psalm 143 is an example – David feels as if he is among the dead, and he can do naught but lift up his empty hands and appeal to the mercy of God to save him. Sadness and depression are two different entities, but praise the Lord that he promises to be with us in either and all of our sufferings. Seeing Christ clearly is never something our sinful eyes can manage on their own!
Lori Alexander says:
May 30, 2017 at 8:27 am
Do you not believe that God gives us a “sound mind” as He promises and that He tells us our minds will be transformed as we renew them with His Word and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? Can we not trust God to accomplish what He has promised?
Sarah has a great point. A quick google search reinforces her points in various articles and commentaries. Here is one reference (Lori has linked to gotquestions before, so it must be a valid source):
For some people a chemical or hormonal imbalance triggers a depressed state. This is most typical for women experiencing post-partum depression or people on certain medications. Other times, depression is situational, caused by adverse circumstances, life changes, a spiritual crisis, etc. Our emotional response to those crises can in turn trigger a chemical imbalance. Truly, humans are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and it should come as no surprise that our biology interacts with our emotions and vice-versa. Once a person is depressed, the cycle of hormonal imbalance and negative emotions can be difficult to break. Whether the emotions cause the biology to change or the biology causes the emotions to change, the resulting symptoms are the same.
Having a medical condition is not a sin. However, what brings a person to that condition could be rooted in sin. For instance, it is not wrong to have diabetes, but it is wrong to be a glutton (and the two are sometimes related). Also, how a person responds to a genuine medical condition could also be sinful. For example, it would be sinful for a person with diabetes to use his disease to manipulate others or to adopt a “victim” mentality or an attitude of entitlement.
Yet, often, we hold those with diabetes or other medical conditions less culpable than we do people with depression. For some reason, mental illnesses—especially depression—are associated more often with sinful causes than are physical ailments. Depression is not exclusively a medical issue, and it is not exclusively an emotional or spiritual issue.
Depression is often viewed as a persistent feeling of sadness. Of course, it is okay to be sad. We live in a world of pain (Genesis 3:14–19; Romans 8:20–22), and Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus (John 11:35). There is no need to always put on a happy face and pretend that things are okay when they are not.
There are many biblical examples of men of God struggling with sadness, even to the point of depression. David wrote, “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8). David, a “man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13:22), did not gloss over his sadness; he expressed it to God. Both Moses (Numbers 11:15) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:3–5), two heroes of the faith, confessed to God that they preferred to die than live in their current reality. Neither was rebuked by God for his feelings; rather, both were met with God’s love and provision. The Bible is not shy about admitting the realities of human emotion. Sadness is part of life, and it is not condemned.
This article was good as well.
And about that “sound mind”. If a woman’s mind is supposedly so sound how it that we also can be so easily deceived?