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The 21st century has seen the rise of an epidemic in depression. As our culture becomes increasingly angry, chaotic, and hopeless vast numbers of Christian men and women are looking for help with their problem. In an age of unlimited knowledge and infinite connectivity, people are more isolated and alone than ever.  Happiness seems forever elusive as people look for the more abundant life but seem unable to find it.

We understand! Using the foundation of our own experiences, we take an approach to overcoming life's difficulties that is grounded in both spiritual and medical principles. Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression provides step-by-step encouragement and instruction to manage and win over depression. Follow our weekly Blog posts for encouragement.

Physician's Fact

Physician's Fact #1: Depression is an Illness

Depression is a PHYSICAL illness! After I fell off the trampoline and ripped my britches open right in front of my girlfriend, I ran across the yard to my car and stepped in a hole. I heard the bone in my foot break.

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Physician's Fact #2: The Brain is Boss!

Who is the boss your Body or your Brain? This may seem like a simple question. But, the truth is the Brain is connected to your body by more than just nerves. Chemicals called hormones (more than those you are familiar with!) have an effect on portions of the brain.

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Physician's Fact #3: Body, Heart, Mind, and Soul

heartbodyDepression is more than just a disease of the brain. It has a foundation in the four aspects of your existence. Most of the time, depression begins in the brain.

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Physician's Fact #4: The Brain's Chemistry Set


The brain is filled with nerve cells all interconnected by their “axons”. Would you like to see an axon?

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Physician's Fact #5: Treating Depression


Since depression is a physical illness, you should attack your disease from the physical vantage point as well as the emotional and spiritual. In fact, it will take all three approaches to defeat your depression.

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Physician's Fact #6: The Four Horsemen!


Right now as you contemplate “what is wrong with me?”I want you to realize there are four aspects of your being that are impacted by the disease of depression.

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Faith Fact

Faith Fact #1: Your Depression and Jesus

One of the characteristics of those of us who fight depression is a high sense of guilt coupled with a profound belief that no one could really love someone like us.

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Faith Fact #2: Your Depression and God's Love

Think of this as a continuation from last week’s Faith Fact.  I closed that article quoting Romans 8:38-39.  Those verses, by the way, are worth your memorizing. 

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Faith Fact #3: God's Word or Your Emotions?


If I could, I’d put a big red star beside this article.  I’d also have arrows pointing to it with the words:  “IMPORTANT!  PAY ATTENTION!” 

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Faith Fact #4: Your Foundation is All Important!


There are several things I’m good at.  For example, I’m a natural encourager.  If I’m around you for long, I’ll probably sense potential in your life you may not even be aware of!

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Faith Fact #5: You Can Begin Using Your Depression for Christ


Last week we looked at moving from being a victim to asking God to use our depression for His glory.  This week, let’s look at how this can start taking place in our lives. 

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Faith Fact #6: Think Positive When You Feel Negative


Has this ever happened to you?  Some well-meaning person decides they’re going to help you with your depression. 

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Q & A

Q&A #1: How Do I Know I Am Depressed?

Maybe you’re just a little bit down. Or, just having a bad week. Take the following “test”to see if you have “major depressive episodes”.

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Q&A #2: Is It All in My Mind?

Depression is a multi-factorial disease. It doesn't JUST affect the brain. If affects the entire body!

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Q&A #3: Where Can I Get Help?

Let us be clear. Our book, “Conquering Depression”and the soon to be released update, “Hope Again”will put you on the right path towards conquering depression.

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Q&A #4: Do I Have a "Chemical" Imbalance?

“Chemical imbalance”is a popular phrase and is way overused. But, it is an accurate description of what is happening in the brain particularly in depression.

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Q&A #5: Do I Need Medication?

A pill a day keeps the doctor away! Does this mean you MUST take medication to cure your depression? Not necessarily. Depending on the severity of your depression, medication may not be necessary.

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Q&A #6: Can I Defeat Depression in Just 30 Days?

Depression doesn't come overnight. And, depression cannot be defeated overnight. But, studies have shown that a person can make significant changes in 30 days.

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Today's Life Filter

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Today:

  1. I will remember that God loves me, even when I fail!
  2. I will believe that my Heavenly Father is always waiting with open arms to take me back.
God's Promise to Me:
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
Luke 15:20

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