Life can be utterly and completely terrifying, especially when you feel isolated, abandoned, forsaken, alone, grief-stricken, disenfranchised, discarded, dismissed and or misunderstood or unloved.
Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is a great power over your issues, circumstances and situation. If you’re confused as to why you feel or behave the way you do, you’re not experiencing anything new to God. He can deliver you from absolutely anything but in order for Him to do so, you must be willing to allow Him to do just that.
In the Bible, Isaiah 1:18, God tells us, “Come now, and let us reason together, say’s the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
What Causes Anxiety?
There Are Different Anxiety Disorders:
Did You Know:
God’s Word, the Bible, provides direction for dealing with anxiety.
There is hope and there is help for those suffering from anxiety.
What Are The Signs Of Anxiety?
Check any of the following classic anxiety symptoms that apply to you:
If you checked four or more of these symptoms, you may have a problem with anxiety.
Common Characteristics of Anxiety Sufferers:
Words to Avoid Using with An Anxiety Sufferer:
Counseling Can Help You:
What Can You Do:
Anxiety is an emotional and physical response to a vague, uncontrollable, or uncertain event. You may have the vague feeling that “something bad is going to happen.” Worry concentrates more on specific events in our life.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything but let the peace of God guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Soul Clinic Pastoral Counseling works to help people learn how to do just that and find the peace you need in your life.
While that might sound impossible, the Bible says in Luke 1:37, “…nothing is impossible with God.”
Answer the questions below to determine if you are experiencing depression. If you answer True to at least four (4) of the following statements, you may be suffering from depression. If you answer True to the majority of the following statements, you are certainly experiencing depression and you need to seek professional help.
See a doctor or psychotherapist and one of our pastoral counselors before the depression gets worse.
True or False
Great men in the Bible, such as David (in many of his Psalms), Elijah (I Kings 19), Moses (Exodus 18), and Jonah (Jonah 4) experienced depression. In each of these situations, God sent someone to help the suffering individual but He did not condemn him.
Psalm 23:18 says, The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Whatever the cause, God cares about the person experiencing depression.
Some Interesting Facts
What Are Some Symptoms Of Depression?
Everyone feels sad sometimes due to a significant loss such as a death, a divorce or losing a job. Anger turned inward can also cause sad feelings. When these feelings are not dealt with properly and they continue over a long period of time, a person usually experiences a major depression.
How Can You Help A Depressed Person?
We often feel uncomfortable around a depressed person because we don’t know what to say or do for him. This may cause us to make some serious mistakes when we try to help them. So what can you do to help?
When to Seek Help:
Major depression is a serious illness and can be fatal if left untreated. A person cannot face this illness alone. Seek professional help for yourself, or for someone you care for when you see:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:10 & 13.
Major depression can greatly affect a person’s ability to function at home and/or at work and inhibit the enjoyment of life in any way.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Some people may only experience occasional bouts of situational or circumstantial depression throughout their lives where others may suffer from depression several times in their lifetime while and some may live with major depressive disorder also known as clinical depression, the most serious form of depression which is a brain disorder characterized by feelings of severe sadness, misery and deep despair, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.
•Thoughts of and attempts at suicide.
•Loss of interest in activities that were pleasurable in the past.
•Unyielding anxiety, profound sorrow or feelings of emptiness.
•Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or guilt.
•Feelings of hopelessness or gloom.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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