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Dear God, Do You Understand I'm Depressed? (7 of 8)
2 Corinthians 1:8-11; Psalm 42
Introduction: Buzz Aldrin went to the moon, He returned to earth and found that he couldn't cope with the life to which he returned. First he went into serious depression and then he went into print and on to the talk shows to share his experience.
Winston Churchill, one of the greats of human history suffered terribly from depression. He said it followed him like a black dog.
Ernest Hemingway, the rugged all male he-man author of best sellers like For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, had such a problem in this area that he eventually took his own life.
Abraham Lincoln, whose House Divided Against Itself speech helped to win him the presidency, knew awful divisive doubt and depression in his own life.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers of all time, who was known for his sparkling wit and quick humor, nevertheless had a lifetime battle with depression which was caused by gout, the disease which led to his death at the age of 58.
Depression is not a new phenomenon. King David, Elijah, Job, Jeremiah, Judas, and Paul also endured the pain of depression. Depression affects everyone - men and women, young and old, rich and poor. Up to 20% of the population will experience depression in their lifetime, including twice as many women as men. According to one estimate about twenty million persons in America ...
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