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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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Physician's Fact #7: Neurotransmitters

Fifty years ago, the famous science fiction series Doctor Who burst onto the television screens of the world. The show was already on the "bubble" by its third episode and the producers were afraid of cancellation. Then, the show's producer introduced what has become the most fearsome creature in modern science fiction, the Dalek.

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Physician's Fact #8: Talk It Out!

Talk it out. There are many kinds of professional counselors available to you. If you are suffering from depression, you need to talk it out.

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Physician's Fact #9: Your Daily Medicine

I am a radiologist and I cannot tell you how many times I have stared at a CAT scan on my reading monitor that gives me chills. Time and time again I see the CAT scan of the brain of a patient who comes to the emergency room with a horrible headache and symptoms of a stroke.

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Physician's Fact #10: Know Your Serotonin

Sarah who?

Serotonin is one of many neurotransmitters in the brain. A neurotransmitter is a chemical secreted by the nerve cell to allow that all important electric spark to jump from nerve cell to the next over the gap that is the synapse.

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Physician's Fact #11: Depression in Teenagers can Lead to Violence

Recent episodes involving adolescents-turned-killers raise disturbing questions regarding why school-age children commit unconscionable acts of violence against their peers.

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Physician's Fact #12: Holidays Can Bring Depression

We all want to recall those warm, huggable moments in our past. Maybe it was a memorable Christmas morning enjoying Santa’s gifts as a child as you and your parent played with a new toy. Maybe it was a Christmas dinner or a Hanukkah feast where friends and family came together in warmth and love.

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Physician's Fact #13: Short Days Equal Depression

Another reason people get sad during the holidays is because of SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs when the days grow shorter and there is less sunlight. This form of depression tends to occur and recur during the fall and winter, just in time for the holidays! the decreasing amount of sunlight is also accompanied by colder temperatures.

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Physician's Fact #14: Pump Up the Endorphins!

Endorphins. No, I’m not talking about an alien in some Marvel movie. Endorphins are chemicals released in your body in response to exercise. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.

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Physician's Fact #15: Vitamin D and Depression

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health -- it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight.

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Physician's Fact #16: Human Hugs Defeat Depression

Can a hug a day help keep depression away!

Don’t underestimate the power of human touch.

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Physician's Fact #17: Burnout Leads to Depression

Can stress and “burnout” lead to depression?

Research by City College of New York psychology Professor Irvin Schonfeld examined the overlap of burnout with depression. Features of depression were observed in 63% of the burned-out participants.

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Physician's Fact #18: New "Causes" of Depression

A recent article on the Internet recently discussed the changing nature of depression’s causes. It would seem that the “old” model of “chemical imbalance” may not be as pervasive as physicians have thought. In fact, the article seemed to indicate that many anti-depressant medications have their effect trough a “placebo” effect.

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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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Faith Fact #7: Suicide and God's Word

Suicide is on the rise in the U.S.  Every year sees more and more of us taking our lives.  Just how bad is it?  Suicides claim more lives than Leukemia, automobile accidents, or Prostate cancer.  Incredibly, the latest statistics tell us twice as many people die by suicide as by homicide! (USA Today, 08-13-14, pg.2A).

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Faith Fact #8: Harness God's Power

A number of years ago a friend of mine by the name of Ken gave me a wonderful principle that helped me with scripture memorization.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve memorized a lot of verses throughout my life. 

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Faith Fact #9: Introducing Your New Best Friend

Whether you’re shy or never meet a stranger, whether you have few friends or more than you can count, I want to take a moment to introduce you to your new best friend . . . other than Jesus Christ, of course.  When you’re fighting depression, this friend is more valuable than ever, and will help you to find – and lean on – God’s strength. 

In Joshua 1:8 God has this to say to us:  “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” (NLT). 

Did you notice the phrase “meditate on it day and night?”  That means reading two or three verses in a minute and then going on to something else just doesn’t cut it with God.  I can hear you saying, “But I don’t have time for hours of Bible study every day!”  Serious Bible study is certainly important from time to time.  But there are easier ways to “meditate on it day and night.” 

The first is through memorizing scripture.  Find some great verses on God’s love for you and memorize them, going through the verses every day. In that way, those verses will always be at the front of your memory, available for the Holy Spirit to use as an antidote to your depressive emotions. 

The second way introduces your new best friend!  (Drum roll here) . . . The LifeFilter!  Here’s why the LifeFilter is so important and can be such a great friend when you’re depressed.  If you use your best friend correctly, you’ll be carrying one with you every day.  We want you to take it out and read it 20-25 times a day.  When you do that, you will be reading a verse from the Bible on one side.  On the other side will be several life-affirming statements or reminders about God’s love and provisions for you.  Doing this 25 times a day helps powerfully to counteract the negative lies Satan tries to fill you with during your depressive episode. 

But there’s more!  Look at Joshua 1:8 again.  Do you see the promise in its words?  You will prosper and have success as you meditate regularly on God’s word.  That may have a financial aspect, but the real focus is on your emotional and spiritual success.  So, what happens when you read the LifeFilter 25 times a day?  You are meditating on God’s word! 

I hope by now you’ve bought a copy of “Hope Again.”  I want you to read one chapter every day.  But I also highly encourage you to download the LifeFilters and carry the appropriate one that goes with the chapter you’ve just read.  After all, the LifeFilter wants to be your new best friend.  Get to know it.  Carry it with you every day.  Read it frequently, realizing that in the process, you are ingesting into your body, mind and soul Christ’s antidote to your depression. 

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Faith Fact #11: Peace and Your Depression


Yes, you read the title correctly.  And, yes, I’m saying you can have peace while in the middle of a full-blown depressive episode!  I know this for one very important reason:  the Bible says it is possible. 

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Faith Faith#12: Christ, Forgiveness, and You

Did you know that an unwillingness to forgive others can lead to depression . . . or worse?  Psychologists have told us for years that many depressed people have anger they are not dealing with.  Sadly, that anger closes them off from true healing and peace. 

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Faith Fact #13: Your Depression and the Year of Jubilee

Imagine, for a moment, that you are an Israelite living in Old Testament times.  You have been anticipating this day for many years. 

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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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Q&A #7: What is serotonin?

Sarah who?

In this week's Physician's Fact, we learned about neurotransmitters, the chemicals that allow your nerves or "neurons" to talk to each other. And, in answering the question, "How Did I Get Here?" there is one neurotransmitter in particular we need to become very familiar with.

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Q&A #8: What is the LIE?

One of the most disturbing aspects of our modern culture is our shifting foundation of truth. We no longer believe in the absolutes of truth and lies. We no longer believe in the absolutes of right and wrong.

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Q&A #9: Will I Get Depressed Again?

Someone, no something was following me. I could feel the dark, fetid breath of the thing just out of the corner of my eye. I would stop and turn and it wasn’t there.

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Q&A #10: Is Depression Inherited?


No, that isn’t a droid in the upcoming Star Wars VII movie. TPH2 refers to a gene in human beings. This gene is a key part in the controlling of serotonin levels. And, serotonin levels are extremely important in the development of depression.

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Q&A #11: How Do I Know if My Teenager is Depressed?

With the news of another school shooting dominating the headlines, parents are once again wondering how to tell if their teenager is depresed. if your teen seems persistently depressed or sad and exhibits five of the following symptoms for a two-week period or longer:

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Q&A #12: Is Depression Worse During the Holidays?

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people they are a time of stress and depression. Depression can be the result of the stress and anxiety of the holiday season, especially during the months of November and December.

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Q&A #13: What is SAD?

You can learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder in this week’s blog and Physician’s Fact. SAD is now a recognized depressive disorder and we understand it occurs during the fall and winter months.

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Q&A #14: What are the Psychological Benefits of Exercise?

When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Years ago when I used to run 6 miles a day, I craved that “runner’s high”. There was a point in my run when suddenly I would feel euphoric, on top of the world, full of energy, and as if I could run forever.

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Q&A #15: Does low vitamin D produce depression?

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health -- it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight.

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Q&A #16: Does a hug a day help with depression?

Don’t underestimate the power of human touch. In a recent study (link) researchers tested whether hugs protected stressed people from getting sick.

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Q&A #17: Can burnout lead to depression?

Research by City College of New York psychology Professor Irvin Schonfeld examined the overlap of burnout with depression. Features of depression were observed in 63% of the burned-out participants. See this week's Physician's Fact for more information.

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Today's Life Filter

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Today, I will:

  1. Remember: God can use even my depression for His glory.
  2. Stop right now and thank God for His incredible love!
God's Promise to Me:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

What Is A LifeFilter?

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