Patients in hospital face many spiritual and emotional challenges, and so pastoral counsel in such situations needs to help patients work through these. In this article, the author employs the biblical metaphor of wilderness to equip caregivers for helping patients work through these respective challenges.
This article speaks directly to the depressed person, and speaks openly about depression. The author gives a picture of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions of depression, and then moves into biblical principles and strategies for change. Though a relatively short piece on the subject, the author capably handles some of its complexities, and leaves the reader with the encouragement to persevere in hope through the cross of Christ.
What exactly is catastrophizing? This article explains what this is in relation to depression. It provides a biblical example of catastrophizing in the story of Elijah fleeing Jezebel after the contest of the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 19). Finally, it offers a response to catastrophizing: recognize, refocus, pray, and love.
This article reviews some new research on non-medical treatment for depression. In particular, it looks at dietary supplements, exercise, Christian counselling,
This article encourages churches to develop a culture in which ministry is provided for those who are suffering with depression.
This article considers an appropriate response to someone thinking about getting medication for depression. It's a response of compassion, one that wants to also help such individuals make an informed decision. The author also considers Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and argues that even "Christian CBT" is insufficient.
This article considers new medical research on whether chemical imbalances such as low serotonin cause depression. The research concluded that it is likely that serotonin may not be a large factor in depression. Hodges explains why this is good news: it could lead to a more effective treatment for those with severe sadness.
Is depression strictly a physiological condition? Or is there a heart/mind connection? This article enters the discussion, and argues that to understand depression requires examining both the body and the inner person, and making the necessary connections. It explains that much depression has roots in the spiritual dimension of someone's life. It offers guidance for those who are depressed.
The author of this article shows from the Bible and from history that Christians also experience depression. The church plays an important role in supporting and comforting those struggling with depression.
This article looks at four causes of depression: Stress, psychology, sin and the sovereignty of God.
This article gives 8 reasons why it is important to study depression.
What is depression? The author looks at how it is related to five areas of our lives: Life situation, our thoughts, our feelings, our bodies and our behaviour.
This article looks at four important measured that should be considered to help in the healing of depression: correct your lifestyle, correct your false thoughts, correct your brain chemistry, and correct your spiritual life.
In this article the author warns to avoid all extremes in considering the causes of depression. People tend to think that depression is all physical, or spiritual, or mental. The author asks for balance.
How does one navigate through spiritual depression? This article suggests that personal discipline is required in six critical areas.
This article on depression explains different approaches to counselling depressed people. It dwells particularly on imbalanced approaches that either oversimplify or complicate the issue. It ends by showing how counselling can give hope to the depressed.
How do you counsel a depressed person who is an unbeliever? This article explains that there really is no substitute for God. The best way to help someone who has been disappointed by this world is to reveal the hope that is before us in Christ.
This article addresses those who want to offer support to friends or family of those struggling with depression, and offers helpful ways to serve them.
This is part of a series of articles on the topic of depression. This article explains how to be depressed is to be entangled by death. It shows that a few passages in Hebrews can point a depressed person in the direction of life
In this article, a woman shares the biblical insights she gained from dealing with her husband’s serious depression.
In this article, a Christian who himself is also a biblical counselor shares his experiences, as well as insights gained, in dealing with his own serious depression.
There are pastors who have struggled with depression. Are there lessons that can be learned from depression? This article explains that though depression itself is not something to be thankful for, God uses it in the life of the minister.
This article looks at the topic of depression. Emphasis is given to the causes of depression, how not to help, and how to help those struggling with depression.
This second of a two-part series of articles on spiritual depression provides a pictorial aid that shows the development of such depression.
This article shows how spiritual depression has four very distinct levels moving emotionally and spiritually downward, but how there is good news in that the person can stop his downward slide at any level and move back up and out of depression, by bringing the Lord and his Word to bear on his thought patterns.
This article considers eight common causes of spiritual depression. Among them are physical fatigue, neglect of the means of grace, sin, lukewarmness, and God withdrawing a sense of his delight.
This article offers counsel on how much a pastor should share about his depression with others.
This article is the foreword to Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Spiritual <em>Depression</em>. It discusses why Lloyd-Jones was well-suited to write on the subject.
Depression can make the experience at church very hard. This article explains why, and also provides some thoughts on how the church can help those who struggle in this respect.