Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Series of blogs on depression.


I would like to begin a series on the subject of depression, including biological (endogenous)  depression. Depression is known as the common cold of mental illness. Depression can be very complex.  I have done extensive study on the subject of spiritual depression. I will use this information in coming blogs. 
Reactive to loss - depression (often know as "grief") will also be covered.  Many people do not use this diagnostic category any more but I think it is legitimate. 





 Some material on these blogs will be taken from The National Institute for Mental Health.  They have many good articles on the biological side of depression also known as Endogenous or Major Depression.  NIMH has  excellent insight on the subjects of depression and other mental illnesses and there articles are not copyrighted (but my material is copyrighted).

 A recent event of the crash of a German airliner shows the need for society to stop blaming depression for violent crime.  The co-pilot who locked himself in the cockpit has been "accused" of having a violent depression.  For the most part those who have a depressive  illness kill themselves but not others. He apparently was not psychotic and/or hearing  command voices to kill. Furthermore, it seems to me that the fact that his breathing was normal until the plane crashed would tend to make one think that he was a Socio-path or an Islamic extremist. This too will be dealt with in this series.

I have known the horror of a fully fledged clinical depression, which often continued for many months.  There is not yet a cure for endogenous depression.  But there is great help for people because of the many effective antidepressants out there.  Sadly, fifty percent of the people who need treatment for mental illness don't receive the right kind treatment. This is for a variety of reasons. 
 
Severe depression many times results in suicide.  My sister Cyndi committed suicide while in the throes of a bipolar depression. She left behind three kids under the age of fifteen, both her parents and two brothers. 

  Let me say that Heartfelt Counseling Ministries knows how to help people get the appropriate treatment for all kinds of depression.  I have been trained as a biblical counselor and also have had extensive clinical training on all kinds of diseases of the mind and mood. I have counseled thousands of persons and by giving them understanding of their problems and linking them to right mental health professionals.

You are invited to a support group at Boca Glades Baptist church in Boca Raton, Florida.  It is on the corner of 441 and Judge Winikoff Road.  We start at 7:00 pm. and go until 8:15. There is no cost except for materials that we use in the group.
If you would like to be a part of an online support group for Christians who have mental illness; please use our contact us form, ad write us a note or call us using the phone number on our contact us form.   http://www.heartfeltmin.org/#!contact/cito


If you would  like to buy our book called Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It please go to our website, http://www.heartfeltmin.org/#!events/c15s.