Is Depression An Epidemic?
There are plenty of statistics that show depression and anxiety are on the rise. The mere fact that when we go to the doctor’s office, we want something to “cure” our feelings of depression, or want to know why we are feeling so much anxiety. The fact that depression is so detrimental to us as humans is one thing that needs to be changed. Simply put, depression can be reversed and that’s what I’m going to talk about in this post.
Here are some facts from a big organization that counts prescription drugs and how they are being used.
Depression stats 2018
Now, I would like to suggest that there are many reasons for people feeling depressed, but I won’t be discussing that in this post. I think the stats above here are quite eye-opening and need to be resolved. There is a problem going on and I know I don’t have the answers but there are some tell-tale signs that we can look at and start to get a better picture of what’s going on.
Youth Mental Health
The trend that we see here is that there is almost 3.5% more severe depression happening in youths in a span of just 3 years. That’s a trend that is alarming. Do you think that the media is covering things like this? No. The reason could be that there isn’t an answer to this trend. Quite honestly, if they tried, they would be blasted by the public for not coming up with an answer – or blaming it on the government like everyone seems to be doing these days.
So what can we do about it?
First I think we need to limit or at least begin to question the reasoning for prescribing medications. There needs to be a natural way to solve why we are depressed as a nation. I’m saying this simply because the stats also say that there is a rise in painkillers, and all the rest of the pharma solutions.
The reason depression is gaining could be that the use of opioids have skyrocketed because of the access we have to services. These very services are allowing people to write their own prescription for what they think they need. So we have addiction coupled with a resistance to or even callousness to the instructions we were given in the beginning of time. God gave us 10 commandments. As you can see, the 10 commandments are treated nowadays as the 10 suggestions. So why would a culture ignore what God is saying? Perhaps the boundaries He sets for us is actually the best thing for us?
My name is Hope has several videos that teach on this subject of depression and anxiety from a Christian perspective.
There are several insights that pastor John Mark Comer presents. These are all biblically based insights and open up many other doors to how we should be acting. As a church, as a people of one mind is how we should be viewed as from a secular perspective.
Solid Rock – a Jesus Church lead pastor, John Mark Comer teaches on depression & anxiety. Something he is all too well familiar with in his life. What he did to solve this issue is write a book.
Depression Can Be Reversed!
There are plenty of references in the bible about depression and anxiety. Take, for instance, a guy by the name of Job. For those that are new to the bible, it’s pronounced, Jōb, not like we would say you have work to do. I know that it’s tough to tease about this word on a blog but it’s still all in good humor. Back to the book of Job…
Job is a man who it touted as a person that was good and made yhwh happy. He is praising God in the first chapter but the next 39 chapters are not full of praises. In fact, he asks for his life to end at one point in the book.
What about David, the one who slew Goliath. David is not free of depression either. David has written many of the Psalms. Psalms 88 is probably one of the darkest chapters written in the entire bible. The key point to all of the writings in the bible about depression and anxiety is that there is hope. Jesus is our hope.
Food for thought from Jesus:
… I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:31-32
Those are words spoken directly to those that are in a state of depression or anxiety. Jesus meets us at the very place we are in life – messed up. He is in the miracle-working business and will do wonders in your life, if you just trust Him to do what is best for you.
So what next? I don’t write to convince you to believe – that’s something only you can do. But I do write to give you hope and to let you know that depression can be reversed. It’s part of the salvation package deal that Jesus gave to those that believe in him.