Because it is so common:
- Sobering Statistics:
- 1 in 5 people experience depression
- 1 in 10 people experience a panic attack at some stage of life
- an estimated 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression
- 5.8% of men will experience a depressive episode in any given year
- 9.5% of women will experience a depressive episode in any given year
- Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths worldwide (accounting for 49.1% of all violent deaths; compare that with 18.6% of violent deaths (war) and 31.3% of violent deaths (homicide)
Should it then surprise us that our Christian brothers and sisters suffer from depression or anxiety? Christians are not immune from the discouraging news of the world nor the effects of a falling economy or failing health.
Seeing the severity of the statistics, how does the Church propose to deal with assisting these sufferers? A good start would be to read Murray’s book, Christians Get Depressed Too. (no, I’m not getting paid for this)
Chance to Interact: What other resources have you found that would be helpful in assisting those struggling with depression and anxiety?