by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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At one time or another, to one degree or another, most of us experience depression. Webster defines depression as a state or condition “marked by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, and feelings of dejection.”
Depression is certainly not new to our generation. In fact, David (Psalm 42) and Elijah (I Kings 19:4) in Old Testament days suffered from depression.
While depression has several causes-including physical ones-much depression is simply the result of wrong thinking patterns. In their outstanding book entitled Telling Yourself the Truth, psychologists William Backus and Maria Chapian call these wrong thinking patterns “misbeliefs”. A misbelief is a thought pattern based on a lie.
People who are depressed are usually operating from a belief system based on lies, while people who are happy are usually operating from a belief system based on truth.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say a fictitious 35-year-old woman named Carla is depressed because she is not yet married. In her mind, being single means that she is worthless and that her life will never be fulfilling. A close examination of Carla’s thinking, however, reveals that it is based on a lie. The lie is that a woman must be married in order to have worth and a fulfilling life. As long as Carla clings to this misbelief, she will be depressed.
But if she chooses to base her thinking on the truth that a single woman has just as much worth as a married woman and that her life can be just as fulfilling as a married woman’s, then Carla will overcome depression.
The Bible tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). In dealing with depression, therefore, it is crucial to analyze and monitor your thought life, for your thoughts will determine whether you break free of the depression or continue in it.
Whether we realize it or not, we are continually talking to ourselves through our thoughts. This process is called “self-talk” and plays a major role in our outlook on life because what we think about creates how we feel.
Our thought life has its roots in our belief systems. Our belief systems are developed through the influence of our parents or guardians, our teachers, and our mental input via reading, television, radio, movies, music, friends, etc. If our belief systems have been built on falsehood, then we will suffer all kinds of spiritual, emotional, and even physical problems. If our belief systems have been built on truth, however, we will be spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy.
The question that logically arises then is What is truth? Obviously, to build our belief system on truth, we must know what truth is. Jesus Christ said, “I am…Truth.” (John 14:6) Since Jesus Christ, therefore, is truth itself–its very essence—anything that agrees with what He says is truth; anything that does not is falsehood.
Since Jesus is Truth, where can we find what He says? In other words, where can we find truth? There is only one place where we can find pure truth, and that is in the Sacred Scriptures, God’s Holy Word. In this great book, God has recorded His belief system of truth and, because of His great love, has given it to us so that we can build our lives upon it. When we adopt God’s belief system, we will experience health and prosperity in every area of our lives.
So if you’re struggling with depression, get into God’s Word. Not only will you find truth that will lift you out of your depression, but you will also find the Truth-Giver, God Almighty, Who always “comforts the downcast” (2 Corinthians 7:6).
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MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA, CLC
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