Top Ten Posts of All Time – #7

Mark Kelly

Depression often robs us of our hope. The temptation in thinking that we cannot be honest with God about our situation deepens this hopelessness. Proceeding in prayer using the psalmist’s example in Psalm 13 breathes new hope into our lives. Continue reading

Why Pastoral Counsel Matters for Depressed People

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Arlene’s and Greg’s testimonies are just snippets from their lives, and although there were some differences in their experiences, both of them had enough similarities to label them “clinically depressed” by the criteria used today. Clinical depression, as I am using it, is a broad term that incorporates a couple of more specific diagnostic labels used by mental health professionals. Continue reading

Dealing with Winter Time Depression

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Depending on where you live on our planet, winter can mean more pleasant sunny days, or it can bring three months of cold gray gloom! For reasons only my ancestors know, I live on the gloomy side of winter in Indiana. My earliest childhood memories of winter seemed to be mostly in black and white, because for days the sun just didn’t shine. And, while I have not suffered anything near a DSM-5 defined depression, the grayness of winter holds little joy for me. My mood shifts with the sunshine. I suspect that is true for many of us. Continue reading

Taking Every Thought Captive

Joshua Waulk

Joshua Waulk

Depression, it seems, grows into an unruly preacher of a false “gospel” that robs counselees of hope as it progressively dominates their thinking and potentially influences their behavior. Embedded in this harmful pattern is a distorted view of who God is and a lingering doubt concerning the trustworthiness of His promises. Continue reading

The Verse on My Door

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

The following is adapted from a brief testimony that I shared at my installation service on August 16, 2015 at Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. I share it with you in hopes that it will encourage you to hang on to the promises of God by faith. Continue reading

Medication, Biblical Counseling, & Depression: What’s New in Treatment?

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

It is no secret in medicine that the medications for depression available in the United States today do not work well. Research tells us that between 80% to 90% of those taking these medications gain no more benefit from them than they would from taking a placebo pill that looks like but does not contain the active drug. In yesterday’s blog, we saw that the reason for it is simply that medical science has been working with a theory about the cause and cure of depression that is most likely not valid. So what can we do to help? Continue reading

Medication, Biblical Counseling, & Depression: What’s New in Serotonin?

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

A good deal of new research has been published this year that is really interesting to anyone involved in medicine and biblical counseling. Some of it takes commonly held ideas about the cause and treatment of depression and turns them upside down . Other articles give some encouragement about the role of biblical counseling in helping those who struggle with sadness and depression. Let’s start with serotonin. Continue reading