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  1. Ros
    Mar 08 - 11:08 am

    Hi Emma. Thanks for the informative post about treatments for depression. I’ve been suffering with depression for about 2 1/2 years now and I’m pleased to say that I haven’t had ANY Christian friends tell me to pull myself together or that it’s a lack of faith or anything else unhelpful. I have had lots of people tell me to go to the doctor and eventually, after 2 years and finally realising this wasn’t going away on its own I went.

    For me there were a number of crucial things that the doctor did. First, she confirmed the diagnosis – it’s so hard to trust your own assessment of your mental health that I found it an enormous relief just to hear her say that I had moderate to severe depression. I wasn’t just making it up. Then she talked about symptoms – and that was another relief as I realised that some of the things I’d been finding hard but hadn’t connected with the depression might well be related to it. And finally we talked about treatments. She referred me to a non-Christian counselling service, which I was somewhat sceptical about and we discussed drugs. At my next appointment we agreed that she would prescribe Citalopram. 2 weeks of miserable side-effects, but on the 15th day I woke up feeling like myself for the first time in 2 years. After taking the drugs for a couple of months it was hard to remember just how bad I had been feeling before and impossible to imagine how I had coped like that for so long. The counselling was not fun, but I think it was useful.

    So anyway, all this to say that yes, Christians get depression. And, by God’s grace, it can be treated in at least some cases.

  2. Emma
    Mar 08 - 8:03 pm

    Hi Ros

    Thanks v much for your comments – these are really, really helpful and resonated with me, as I’m sure they will with others.

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