Originally posted on My Life Uncut...Almost:
I have discussed this topic before, from the standpoint of someone who has experienced it from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. I’ve seen it from all sides. I’ve mulled it over a lot, and dealt with it first hand. I’ve been miraculously healed of depression and brought out of the deepest, darkest pit imaginable into freedom…and after that, to slip slowly back into it wondering why God left me…why was this happening…that time to be healed through doctors and medication. It was God’s way of teaching me (or trying to) that the brain is an organ of the body…like the heart, or the kidneys. It’s not a character flaw if something goes wrong with your brain. All kinds of things can affect it…once again…like the heart or the kidneys or any other part of the body.
The problem is that because problems with the mind, or the brain, affect the way we think and act and our emotions, it doesn’t feel the same as if we suddenly clutch our chest because we’re having a heart attack…or if we start coughing and sneezing and know we are coming down with a cold, or the flu.
Even though I’ve mulled over it, experienced it, understand it…I still do the same thing. If I feel myself slipping into a depression, one of the first things that sets in is a sort of panic…”Oh no…please not that! I have to buck up and not let this happen! I have to pray my way out of this!” Would you tell someone who was having a heart attack to buck up…to pray their way out of it? And sometimes, circumstances in life do get us down. But there is a difference between that, and clinical depression that is caused by hormonal imbalances in the body, although I think that circumstances can accumulate and if they go on long enough, they can cause those hormonal imbalances. But depression is also something that has been found to be hereditary, and that is an absolute physical problem. And no matter how much you might like to, you can’t always pray your way out of it, or snap out of it, or pull yourself up by your boot straps or whatever.