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By   •   April 9, 2008   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Is it a sin to be depressed? The doctor says I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that he can treat with medication, but a friend of mine says I shouldn't do this because I just need to pray and have more faith. Who is right? I can't stand this much longer.


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Let me ask you a question: If you broke your arm in an accident, do you think your friend would claim it was a sin for you to have a broken arm, and all you needed to do was pray? I doubt it.

Neither is it a sin for you to seek treatment for a chemical imbalance in your brain. The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)–and it’s true: Our bodies and minds are very complex. Although doctors can’t solve all our problems, we should be grateful that God has enabled them to understand more about our bodies and minds, and has given them new ways to overcome many of our problems. Don’t feel that you are somehow sinning by seeking treatment for your depression; it would be wrong for you not to seek treatment.

Don’t misunderstand me, however. God has given us the gift of prayer, and prayer should be an important part of your life as you struggle with this problem. Through prayer we draw near to God, and the closer we get to Him, the more we will realize that He loves us and wants to help us.

Make sure of your commitment to Christ, and then ask Him to guide you as you seek treatment. In addition, let God’s promises saturate your mind and heart. The psalmist wrote, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? … Put your hope in God” (Psalm 42:5).

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2 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    Though I know it’s not a sin to take meds for depression I still have problems taking them.
    I always pray n ask God to heal me but as of yet I’m not healed, but His grace is sufficient for me. The real scary thing for me is the anxiety I suffer from; II’ve had to major panic attacks. These were really, really scary.

    1. Andrew says:

      Hey just want to tell you be strong God has a plan for you dont give up keep doing whatever it takes to get better and contiune to pray for gods grace. like you. im taking medication for anxiety and depression. but mine is for a disease called sydenham chorea which affected me and has given me nuerological problems and twitching and i think has caused a chemichal imbalance its not fun trust me. and has caused so many problems that gets almost embarrable sometimes but im dealing with the problems mentally battling it with happiness and distracting my mind and telling myself everything is alright, sometimes you gotta just tell yourself your blessed and realize your a healthy person and that its just a valley and youll overcome, God bless