Is it a sin to be depressed
It’s not a sin to be depressed.
No, it is not a sin to be depressed. It’s important to remember that depression is a disease, just like cancer or diabetes.
Depression is a common medical condition affecting millions of people every year. Depression can cause disruption to your family and work life, as well as your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms are often severe enough that they interfere with an individual’s ability to function in their normal roles at home and at work.
Depression is treatable. You should discuss treatment options with your doctor or other health care professional if you have been diagnosed with depression or if you have symptoms of depression and think you may have this disorder without a diagnosis yet.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, know that recovery IS possible; it takes time and effort but it can happen! Depression can be overcome by seeking help from professionals in the healthcare field or other communities (like church).
Depression Is A Disease, Not The Result Of Sin
Depression is a disease, which means that it has a physical cause. The most common physical cause of depression is an imbalance of neurotransmitters. In the same way that insulin regulates your body’s sugar levels and antibiotics fight infection, antidepressants regulate your brain’s neurotransmitter levels and help you fight depression.
By treating depression as a sickness rather than a sin, we can change our perspective on prayer. Instead of asking God to forgive us for being depressed or to provide us with the willpower to overcome our depression, we can pray in faith that He would heal us physically.*
When we seek medical treatment for depression and approach it as a health issue instead of a moral one, we are more likely to get better. This not only benefits the individual who is suffering from it but also takes some weight off of other Christians who feel guilty about their depression or wonder if they should be doing more to keep themselves from getting depressed in the first place. If we view depression as something that needs healing rather than punishment and self-improvement, then those who suffer from it will not feel guilty about needing treatment or seeking support from other Christians.
God wants you to get help for your depression.
God wants you to get help for your depression. He expects us to be active participants in our healing and in the healing of others. Frequently, God uses the gifts and talents of other people around us to heal us. It is not a sin to accept help! Just as David was wise enough to accept help from his friend Abigail, we should not be ashamed or afraid to accept the counsel of others when it comes to our mental health. When we receive help for our depression or other mental illnesses, we are honoring God with our body and mind that he has given us by taking care of them well (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
God is with you even in your depression.
Of course, it is not a sin to be depressed. If you’re depressed, I want to encourage you and let you know that God is with you right now. He has never left you or forsaken you and is in control of everything that’s happening in your life and all around the world. He loves you so much that his son died for your sins so that one day he could take away your depression and give you a new home in Heaven where there will be no more pain, tears or suffering. You are not alone because God will never leave you nor forsake you.
There is hope for those who are depressed because God can heal our depression, but we must first ask him to heal us. It’s as simple as saying, “God, I am tired of being depressed and I ask for your help.” When we give our burdens over to the Lord he promises us strength to overcome them.
Please tell someone and reach out for help, because you are worth it.
It is important to remember that depression is a serious medical condition, and it is not your fault. There are people who love you and want to help. You are not alone.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.