Christians Get Depressed Too – an intimate look; pt.2

David Murray gives eight reasons why we should study this complex issue of depression-anxiety. I’ve listed all of them here. Today I’ll comment on reason number two, the commonality of the issue:

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?

2 thoughts on “Christians Get Depressed Too – an intimate look; pt.2

  1. Hi there, I just stumbled on this – I’d recommend ‘a practical workbook for the depressed Christian’ by John Lockley – both for people directly affected, but also for people in ministry wanting to understand how better to help people going through this. For me, some of the hardest things I encountered with my depression, was the bad attitude adopted by some of my church’s leadership (you need to PRAY MORE! – after that, everything will be fine! – not very helpful…), and this book does a good job of explaining the hurdles Christians with depression face whilst remaining focussed on God, and offering practical advice too.

    every blessing,

  2. Char48,
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate the tip on the workbook and I will check it out. Yes, wrong advice/counsel from church leadership often does more harm than good when someone is suffering. I, personally, am learning so much about how to interact with suffering people as a result of my own suffering – must be like 2 Cor 1. I hope you read the rest of my posts on this little resource. It’s a great tool to have. God bless & grace to you

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