by Jeff Strite

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From The Broom Tree To The Mountain (3 of 4)
Series: Traveling With Elijah
Jeff Strite
I Kings 19:1-18

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."

APPLY: Depression.
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: When I was reading out Reader's Digest this last month, I ran across an advertisement for Paxil, an anti-depressant (Reader's.Digest, 2/03). It 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."

APPLY: 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 that magic pill, that powerful potion that will correct that imbalance and give people everywhere relief from the dark moments of sadness and hopelessness.

Depression is very real part of life for many people

ILLUS: A couple of years ago, the South East Christian Church of ...

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