Friday, September 26, 2008


Hey all,

As I was looking over my Thankful Thursday post, I had failed to put that this was taken from a recent Daily Devotion.

As was pointed out to me, and I agree with also, there are times when chemical imbalances can lead to depression, as well as other circumstances that may lead to depression.

The following is an excerpt from the devotion, "You will not be bothered with depression if you act on the Word of God and "be thankful." The cure for unhappiness is being thankful. Try it."

It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone and if so, please accept my deepest apologies.


Laurie Ann said...

Cheryl, as one who struggles with depression, I didn't take it that way at all. I do take medicine for mine and it's under control. I assumed the depression referred to here was "situational" depression, in which I agree with the author for. Thanks for clarifying, though. You're such a sweetie!

Peggy said...

Dear Cheryl...I know it was not your intention to hurt or offend.
Many of us deal with depression!
It was good you clarified that it was not your words and that you realize that there are times when chemical imbalances may cause depression. I agree with Laurie Ann, you're such a sweetie! I do love you! My remark is gone! So you may delete this also if you'd like!
I just am aware that there are people who are depressed, dealing with it and trying to resolve if it's spiritual and I wanted to be sure that readers realize that some depressions are indeed medical, physical, beyond just not being thankful. God says to be thankful in all things, but when your imbalances are at their worse, you are not always able to act on God's Word as hard as you might like to praise or thank Him. It's a struggle! You are a blessing!
Please consider deleting this post!

Nancie said...

Thanks, Cheryl, for clarifying this. There is still a great misunderstanding among Christians that depression is purely spiritual and due to lack of trust in God or sin. But in reality there is a form of depression which is clinical and due to chemical imbalance or hormonal changes in the body. Different from the normal ups and downs of life, clinical depression is severe and needs to be treated. I am glad you have a right understanding about depression being of different nature and causes.

As a sufferer of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), I too suffer from clinical depression whenever my brain chemical malfunction. These are usually triggered off by stress and over-straining. I love the Lord and trust in Him but that doesn't minimize my risk of clinical depression because it is a medical condition just like asthma and diabetes. I am thankful to God that with medication and other helps that He has provided, I can lead a more functional life and serve Him in small ways.

Take care. May our Lord grant you a very blessed week ahead!