by Jeff Strite

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Digging out of Depression (2 of 4)
Series: Get over It
Jeff Strite
1 Kings 19:1-18

OPEN: Over the past few weeks we’ve been dealing with emotions that can cripple Christians. Two weeks ago, our family minister dealt with the issue of Fear. Last week we dealt with Guilt. And this week we’re going to focus on a very real emotion that has crippled thousands: Depression.

OPEN: Psychiatry students were in their college class one day when their professor began a discussion to prove a point. ‘‘What we’re going to talk about today,’’ the professor said, ‘‘are the emotional extremes that many mentally disturbed people go through… for example
‘‘What’s the opposite of joy?’’ he asked one student.
‘‘Sadness’’ the student answered.
‘‘The opposite of depression?’’ he asked a young lady.
‘‘Elation,’’ she replied.
Turning to a young man from Texas he asked ‘‘the opposite of woe?’’
‘‘Well, now,’’ the Texan replied ‘‘I suppose the opposite of woe, would be giddy up.’’

According to Psychiatrists Frank Minrith and Paul Meier, the majority of Americans suffer from a serious, clinical depression at some point in their lives. Most of these people never get help... they just fight this battle on their own.

ILLUS: Years ago I was reading out Reader’s Digest and ran across an advertisement for Paxil, an anti-depressant (Reader’s.Digest, 2/03).
The ad began with these words…

‘‘Depressed Mood
Loss of Interest
Sleep Problems
Difficulty Concentrating

Then it concluded with these words: ‘‘Life is too precious to let another day go by feeling not quite ‘yourself.’ If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms nearly every day, for at least two weeks, a chemical imbalance could be to blame. And life can feel difficult ALL DAY.’’

To read this advertisement you would believe that most (if not all) of those suffering from depression are victims of a chemical imbalance. And indeed, the Holy Grail of psychiatrists is to find tha ...

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