By   •   January 9, 2017   •   Topics: ,


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.


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).

Find peace with God today.

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  1. Laura Davis says:

    I have chronic depression so have to stay on my medications the rest of my life. Depression is a real illness and it is very difficult when your brain is chemically imbalanced. I would not wish it on anyone. I am so happy there is medication for it as I cannot function without it. It definitely is not a lack of faith.

  2. King B.Johnson says:

    A beautiful woman and friend of ours told me wonderfully that it is being in tune and in harmony with God that cures depression and anxiety!-)+ May God bless Lady Jackie!-)+

  3. John Rogers says:

    out of the fire of the furnace of affliction I have chosen you. He has pursued you, and has never let you go… Always do whatever He tells you to do.. Everything becomes obvious in its time.. Present yourself. A living sacrifice pleasing to God.. You are not your own you have been bought with a price…the Blessing of the lord maketh rich in His divine presence and love… Blessings Christian family…

  4. Dr. & Mrs. Helmuth Poggemiller says:

    God is always sufficient; He will never leave you!

  5. Sue says:

    Often God will let a medical problem happen to help us grow spiritually. I’ve had brain surgery twice and God was right by my side. Remember God will never give you more than you can handle. Read Joshua 1:1-9

  6. King B.Johnson says:

    Light always wins over darkness!-)+ #Grace #BeWithTheLord Not behind or in front!-)+ #WeLoveyouBilly!-) #WeLoveYouKing!-)+

  7. Beverly Bakula says:

    I look forward to feeling better s

  8. Bea Lovelace says:

    Thank you so much for this post.

  9. Sylvia says:

    I am also suffering from major depression and anxiety. I even had ECT (shock treatments) but I’m still depressed. I am seeing a new Dr who has me on 2 different meds. I immediately started feeling better. He also told me that I didn’t get depression overnight and it’s not gonna go away overnight. I will have ups and downs until I reach that mountain top. I have had some really good days but today, I’m in that valley. I pray and have many others praying for me day and night and I know God is the ultimate healer and he’s allowing me to go thru this for a reason. I may never know that reason until I meet him face to face. Some days are almost unbearable but he gas given me strength to get thru them.

    1. Alisa says:

      I know how you feel. It’s a struggle that seems sometimes unbearable but we have to remember what our Lord Jesus went through as he walked this earth in human flesh and how anguished his heart became as he prayed in the garden before he was betrayed. The word of God says he sweat blood tears. But he made it through and he died for for all our sin,s depression, anxieties, fears, worries. So we have nothing to fear because The Joy of the Lord will be your Strength.

  10. 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