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were born a total sinner!’ they answered.‘Are you trying to teach us?”And
they threw him out of the synagogue.’”John 9:34 NLT
When the blind man came to the synagogue and
told them he was healed they responded with the above passage.They threw him out.My guess is he wasn’t expecting that.Stigma’s been around as long as there’s been
time on this Earth.When our diagnosis
is trivialized, looked down on, or even seen as sin in our life how do we deal
with that?And why do we apologize for
our mental illness?Read on.
Does this sound familiar?You are talking with one of your church
friends and you tell them that you deal with depression on a regular basis.Instantly you are viewed as less of a
Christian or you must have some unrepentant sin going on or you’re not really
practicing your faith very well right now.That happens more often than we as fellow Christians want to admit.Because of this, I think those that regularly
struggle with depression diminish their diagnosis to the trivial.They minimize it because that’s all they
I can’t even tell you how many people I know
live with chronic depression.I was
recently talking with a friend and she started apologizing that she just had a diagnosis of depression
instead of bipolar, as if to say her diagnosis was not as legitimate or
difficult to live with as someone with what she felt had a more difficult diagnosis.It was like saying, if you are going to get a
mental health diagnosis, depression is the easy
one, and the others are so much more severe.
It’s true that straight depression is
different, but let’s stop comparing it in terms of dealing with it on a day to
day basis.Ask anyone that has chronic depression, and it
is anything but easy.On top of that, it
is the one that many people don’t think is legitimate.They think you can eat different, pray more,
get closer to God, or exercise more and presto, the depression is gone.I’m not saying that those things don’t
help.What I am saying is that chronic
depression has a biological component to it that all of those things won’t cure barring a miracle from above.
I got a taste of chronic depression, which
is defined as depression that last more than 6 months, when David passed
away.It helped me understand what it is
like to live with it on a daily basis.I
am extremely thankful that I didn’t have to live with it the rest of my
life.If that was the case, I am
confident I would have needed regular treatment of therapy and/or
medication.So whenever I hear a friend
say they just have depression, I instinctively
correct them.Walking about a year or so
in their shoes has taught me at least that.
So, if you live with chronic depression, I
beg you stop apologizing for it and in place, educate others about it.If your child lives with chronic depression, keep
in mind that this is a difficult walk for them.
Let’s be part of the solution instead of
perpetuating the misconceptions.
PRAY: Lord, Help me to understand and/or educate
others.Give me genuine compassion to
others that live with chronic depression every day of their lives and when I am
depressed use it to glorify you.