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Beyond Today: Dark Cloud of Depression

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Does it seem like there are days when a dark cloud hangs over your life? We call it the blues, melancholy, sadness, depression. Most of us suffer from boughts of depression but sometimes depression can become overwhelming. During those times we can feel isolated, even ashamed. Depression is becoming an increasingly common experience. Why? And what can you do to deal with depression? The overwhelming sadness we call depression can be caused by many of life's roller-coaster of ups and downs - grief, a sense of loss, disappointment, boredom, loneliness, depressed anger - which is a root of a lot of depression - or long-term negative thinking. There is a better way. Most research and treatment of depression concerns the physical and emotional aspects but there is an important aspect of depression that is ignored by many people. It's the spiritual dimension. You are more than a highly developed animal. There is a spiritual dimension of who you are. Your physical brain is empowered with a spirit component. What the Bible calls the spirit in man. This component gives us capabilities and potential far beyond any other of the physical creatures. The capacity for emotions, creativity, moods and attitudes. However, it also makes us vulnerable and susceptible to depression and other negative emotions. If you were suffering from a physical sickness, you would go to a doctor to seek healing. Jesus said that He is a physician, sent to heal those who are sick in the spirit. The Bible is the last place many people look to deal with depression. Yet the Bible contains remarkable remedies and understanding of the connection between the human spirit, emotions and physical health. To deal with your depression, first realize that there is hope and help. Your creator wants to help you. Pray to Him for help and peace. Secondly, find someone, a friend, a pastor, a professional health expert to talk with about your depression. Depression is a human condition, it is not something to make you hide in shame. Thirdly, start taking care of yourself physically. Proper diet, enough sleep and exercise to relieve stress is very important. The important thing is to start taking these actions right now. Depression can leave you feeling that life has no meaning, only dark sadness. To deal with depression, we must not only deal with the physical causes but also with the spiritual causes. All human beings have a sickness of the spirit. The Creator can and will heal you. You must be willing to change the way you think. You must be willing to accept that the creator of life knows how to make life work and the Bible is His instruction book. The rewards are to begin to live the way God designed for us today and to understand that He has a great future for you. For Beyond Today, I'm Gary Petty.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 39 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: United Church of God, an International Association
Views: 183
Posted by: beyondtodaytv on Apr 30, 2008

Are you have problems overcoming depression? Here is some helpful advice!

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