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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

What is Spiritual Depression and How Do You Recognize the Signs?

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 10:38 PM

Elisha S Lee, CTCC

Have you lost touch with your faith?
Have you forgotten or do not see how God is with you during the struggle?
Have you been unhappy and do not find hope or optimism in everyday life?
Do you have regrets for mistakes you have made and are not looking forward to the future?

Spiritual depression has to do with you losing your excitement or zeal over the things of God. When you experience spiritual depression, you sense that you are losing your connection with God and with His people. It is the belief that you are alone, and that God is not with you. It can be brief or for a short season.

Psalms 42 lets you know that you are not alone in feeling this way. It says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope though in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of his countenance.”

Many will also encourage you to find refuge in prayer or in reading the Bible. I would also like to suggest that you can find solace, coping strategies, hope, and encouragement when working with a counselor.

Signs to Pay Attention To

You may experience any one of the following:
● Feeling disconnected from God
● Feeling cut off from God.
● Struggling to find joy in worship.
● Withdrawing from your church or religious community
● Avoiding members of your church
● Losing interest in regular church activities or performing from a sense of duty
● Negative or pessimistic thinking about God and religion
● Sense of spiritual hopelessness or discouragement
● Physically tired due to not having balance in your spiritual life.
● Your trials and sufferings have greater significance than your relationship with God.
● You are too busy to make time for devotion and prayer.
● Your inward perspective has greater authority than what God says about you.
● You believe that you committed a sin that God cannot redeem you from
● You are lukewarm. You are double-minded and living a lifestyle that is worldly in some circles and righteous in others.

Spiritual depression can feel worse if you are already experiencing emotions tied to sadness in general. This can include feeling worthless which shows up in negative self-talk. Loss of energy to do everyday tasks. Your desire to not be around other people. For no reason, you find yourself bursting in tears. This can be at home eating a meal or you are taking a walk in the neighborhood. You can also be experiencing insomnia along with chronic aches and pains while feeling spiritually disconnected. It is possible for you to experience spiritual and clinical depression simultaneously.
There are many reasons why you may get depressed. It can be because of a breakup within a relationship. It can be because of the death of a loved one or because of a loss of a job. You can be depressed because of your financial status or because you are not happy with the community where you live. Depression can also show as being subtle with the beginning of negative thoughts or early childhood trauma.

There Is Hope

Isaiah 41:10-13 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Sometimes those words are easier to read than to believe. You know it is true in your mind, but not always in your heart. Dealing with spiritual depression can be difficult. Working with a counselor can help strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ and assist in helping you see yourself as Christ sees you. Not only can you experience healing but a strengthening in your relationship with God.

Schedule an appointment for a no-cost initial counseling session today.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

We're Overcoming Depression Group

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 @ 9:09 AM

Elisha S Lee, CTCC

Are you having a hard time doing everyday, routine tasks? Are you operating on low energy and it's a struggle to function? Are you finding that you are spending your days wearing a mask to operate throughout your day when you are really wanting to retreat to a dark place in seclusion?

Join others who are having similar experiences and wanting a safe space to share what they are feeling.

Where: We will be meeting via secure Telehealth.

When: June 10 at 7 pm. This support group will be running for eight weeks. Space will be limited to a group of seven.

Cost: $25 Registration Fee
$15 Weekly Group Meeting Fee

Our Group Meetings Will Focus On:

Recognizing signs and symptoms of depression
Identifying triggers and how to manage them
Distinguishing healthy and unhealthy relationships
Exploring temperament and how being sad can affect people differently
Mind/ body connection
Improving communication
Developing strategies to overcome depression
To enroll in the We're Overcoming Depression Group, call 443-860-6870.

Could There Be a Relationship Between the Inflammation In My Body And the Depression That I Am Experiencing?

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 @ 9:04 AM

Elisha S Lee, CTCC

Does it hurt to move and are you feeling sad at the same time?

· Are you experiencing fatigue, depression, and swelling while wondering if there is a connection between the three ailments?

The Bible gives examples of people who experienced extreme challenges of sadness and how they handled it. Job experienced excruciating pain and suffered great loss. He was a godly man who suffered great loss. He was a man of great stature that God bragged about in heaven. Even yet, in the story of Job, we learn that extreme sadness can affect the state of our physical body.

The short answer to these questions is yes, there could be a connection. Depression has become one of the most highly diagnosed disorders and disabilities in our country today. With that said, depression is not an inflammatory disorder. Instead, it can be a potential tie that can affect inflammation within the body. This tie is just beginning to be understood.

HOW IT WORKS
In addition, the problem of people experiencing depression is on the rise. There are many different variances and fluctuations of feeling sad, disappointed, or frustrated. Depression expressly affects the quality of life for those who are affected by chronic illnesses.

Inflammation pathways that interact with the brain interact with the multiple systems within the body. Depression can also trigger responses to stressors within the body which can lead to a prolonged inflammatory response.

Like many mental health disorders, depression was once thought to only affect what occurs in the mind. We know that this is no longer true as studies have shown that there is a relationship between depression and inflammation within the body. In addition, depression can also affect normal body functions. Sadly, most people do not get help for depression as they think that it is not something that can be treated.

HOW IT TIES TOGETHER

There can be several variables as to how a person can experience inflammation in their body while navigating through the dark cloud of depression. Childhood trauma, someone who is experiencing depression occurring historically within the family, people who have a sensitive immune system, or a person’s status in society are all factors that can affect the severity of inflammation within the body.

In addition to experiencing inflammation within your body in conjunction with depression, it is also common to experience fatigue. This further shows that there is a connection between fatigue, depression, and how it affects the immune system.

Inflammation within the body would include those suffering from Type 1 Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or even rheumatoid arthritis. In other words, if you are experiencing arthritis or other chronic symptoms in your body and are also extremely sad, do not ignore what is happening. Infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and sepsis, have been linked to inflammatory response and has been found to increase the risk of depression. Even those who are pregnant moms, who are happening to experience inflammation from the pregnancy, also experience depression during this time.

THE REVERSE IS TRUE
Just as there is a connection between depression and inflammation, doing holistic treatments also can bring a positive result in the reverse direction as well. As take care of your physical health so you can function from day to day, taking care of your mental health can provide a lessening of physical ailments as a result of living a more holistic lifestyle.

In addition to seeking counseling, improvements in the reversal of inflammation and depression within the body are also evident with physical exercise. Having a regular exercise routine helps to improve depression and decrease inflammation.

An additional tie of experiencing a reversal of inflammation and depression is a change in diet. Reports have shown that those who have adopted a Mediterranean style diet or implementing a lifestyle of short-term fasting, have seen a reversal in depression and inflammation.

In addition to working through the challenges involved with improving physical health, navigating through those same challenges during a counseling session can bring improvement as well. Schedule an appointment for a no-cost initial counseling session today.