Even biblical figures struggle with depression. David often writes of his anguish, loneliness and guilt; Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet,” wrestled with feelings of loneliness, defeat and insecurity; and Hannah was a woman so depressed that she couldn’t eat.
For Christians, it’s crucial to realize that people from every age and every religion can suffer from depression. In fact, it’s a very common (and very treatable) mental illness; not simply a sign of a spiritual problem.
What’s more, there’s a strong link between depression and addiction: About 20 percent of Americans with depression also have a substance use disorder, and about 20 percent of those with a SUD also have an anxiety or mood disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I depressed?” If you have, and you’ve experienced any of these signs, it may mean you need professional help:
- You’re exhausted but can’t sleep. Studies show that three quarters of depressed patients have symptoms of insomnia.
- You become more reckless and make bad judgment calls, including abusing drugs or alcohol.
- You feel physical pain like joint pain, back pain or headaches. The same neurotransmitters that affect your mood play a part in pain regulation.
- Your sadness becomes severe and is accompanied by irritability, fatigue and loss of appetite.
- Your negative mood lasts for weeks, or even months, and interferes with daily living.
- You’re always angry and often for no apparent reason.
Mental Health Treatment at Christian Rehab Network
Individuals with behavioral health issues, such as depression, often struggle with addiction. That’s why we specialize in offering a variety of mental health services for Christians. To help address a complex dual-diagnosis, we can help with medication management, group and individual therapy and faith-based support. If you are dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues, call today: 877-310-9545.