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Depressionand faith

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When Depression and Faith Collide - presentation from Best Practices for Ministry Conference.

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Depressionand faith

  1. 1. When and Collide
  2. 2. and • Anxiety/Depression is the largest illness in our country affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.1 • Number of ambulatory care visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments) with major depressive disorder as primary diagnosis: 8.0 million (average annual 2009-2010)2 1 National Institute of Mental Health 2 Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  3. 3. and “Sometimes you just have to pick yourselves up and keep moving” “You just need to talk to someone, and they can help you through this.” “We all get the blues now and then”
  4. 4. and Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy. -Charles Spurgeon
  5. 5. When and Collide My Journey… There and Back
  6. 6. and 1LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.5 I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. Psalm 8:1-9
  7. 7. and 6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.7 Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d]8 You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; 9 my eyes are dim with grief. Psalm 8:1-9
  8. 8. and Causeless depression cannot be reasoned with, nor can David's harp charm it away by sweet discoursing. You might as well fight with the mist as with this shapeless, undefinable, yet all-beclouding hopelessness ... -Charles Spurgeon
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  11. 11. How do you help someone with Depression Be There
  12. 12. How do you help someone with Depression Help them realize that treatment is key
  13. 13. How do you help someone with Depression Talk about it
  14. 14. How do you help someone with Depression Talk about it • With them • With their family • With your Congregation
  15. 15. How do you help someone with Depression Pray • For wisdom • For courage • For healing
  16. 16. How do you help someone with Depression Keep in contact with them
  17. 17. How do you help someone with Depression Read up on Depression
  18. 18. How do you help someone with Depression Pay Attention
  19. 19. How do you help someone with Depression Encourage them to see their Doctor
  20. 20. When and Collide Craig McCourt craig@PonderingGod.com 952-769-6348 .Com
  21. 21. A podcast helping to connect God with everyday life.

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