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Is it a sin for me to take medicine for depression? I worry about this, because someone in my church said that if we're right with God we won't be depressed. The medicine really helps me, but I need to know if I'm doing something wrong.


I’m not a doctor or psychiatrist, of course, but I do know that depression can be caused by various things, including chemical imbalances or deficiencies in the brain. When that’s the case, doctors tell me, the proper medicine can be very effective, and you should not feel guilty over taking it or finding help from it. In fact, you should be thankful.

Think of it this way: If you had a broken arm, you’d seek medical help; it would be wrong to do anything less. In the same way, if you have something seriously wrong with your brain or your emotions, you likewise should seek help. Our brains (and our whole bodies) are amazingly complex, and sometimes they don’t work the way God intended them to. I often recall the Psalmist’s words: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Don’t misunderstand me, however; our spiritual condition certainly may affect our emotions. For example, we may be filled with anxiety over something because we haven’t learned to trust it to God. Or we may be filled with guilt, anger, jealousy, or a hundred other things that we haven’t turned over to God. When King David refused to face his sin of adultery, “my bones wasted away… my strength was sapped” (Psalm 32:3-4).

Thank God that He will never abandon you, because of Christ and what He has done for you. Draw closer to Him every day, thanking Him constantly for His love for you.


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  1. Rev Brian D White says:

    I’ve enjoyed learning and watching Rev Billy Graham since the 70’s to now. I wish to bless him and his family also those that have helped him over the years. Lord God, I pray through the name of your son Yeshua asking for your blessing to be placed before Rev Billy Graham, his family, and his staff. Amen

  2. Susan Teagu says:

    So thankful this was here for me to read. I am Bipolar and and am on several medications. Without them and my therapy, I would have surely taken my life. A friend disturbed me today by saying it is satan and more or less if I had faith I wouldn’t need meds.

  3. Ruth says:

    Amen! Without getting help…I know that I would have more problems with depression, anxiety, worry & ADHD. But with the help of natural remedies/medication/encouraging Christians around me & family I am thankful that I am overcoming more than just depression, I am over coming ADHD and SAD severe seasonal depression with God’s mighty helping hand. Praise God!!! Never give up!!! Never stop being humble and asking for help. Because no matter what you do God will never stop loving you….

  4. Rose says:

    Been reading your emails and they help my depression. I grew up in strict religious background. God was a vengeful God. At age 24 he saved my life but church pastors said God would forgive me for having surgery and being alive!!!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Glad i saw this answer too as i was told that if I trust God then my loved one didn’t need the medication. God is good