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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Katrenia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 13 2013 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by petiteone29 petiteone29 wrote:

katrenia your story really touched me. I went through something similar after I gave birth to my twins. I didn't know what was wrong with me. Then I just cried and cried and I literally heard a message like a booming voice. He told me exactly where to go and I did it and I am so glad that I did because I'm not sure where my life would be if I didn't. And this was before I got saved. I wasn't hardly thinking about God but he was thinking of me and came in my time of need.

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God never intended us to suffer. My experience made me stronger in faith because I wasn't living the life of a saved Christian when I needed Him but He loved me.

I wasn't thinking about God either when this happened to me.
I really believe there are many people like myself who had to be brought to our knees to understand that God is real.
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I'm glad some have chosen to listen to what their bodies were telling them and seek treatment.  Most modern-day Christians would agree that it would be a good idea to see a doctor if they had cancer, a broken arm, pneumonia or internal bleeding.  Mental illnesses shouldn't be any different.  There is ample scientific evidence depression is real and treatments are available for it. 
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Thanks every one of you for sharing your stories with us.
truly touched me <3
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In my churches monthly young adult service, the topic for November was depression and mental illness.  My pastor has told us time and time again, that he was treated for depression after his father passed--mental illness is real.  I love the fact that Baptist churches are no longer shaming people for getting help.  If by chance anyone is interested in seeing the service, here is the link:  http://cayaexperience.com/archives/523
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Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

That wasat least three years ago, though. I don't think his suicide had anything to do with religion. He was probably just depressed.
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Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

I'm glad some have chosen to listen to what their bodies were telling them and seek treatment.  Most modern-day Christians would agree that it would be a good idea to see a doctor if they had cancer, a broken arm, pneumonia or internal bleeding.  Mental illnesses shouldn't be any different.  There is ample scientific evidence depression is real and treatments are available for it. 
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Originally posted by Katrenia Katrenia wrote:

Originally posted by newin2009 newin2009 wrote:

Originally posted by Katrenia Katrenia wrote:

I've gone through depression and I know some churches believe it to be a spirit and I felt guilty for my depression as if it were my fault for not being faithful enough.

I no longer feel that way, I now know it's an illness. 
Christians should follow the teaching of Christ and not all the opinions of the religion.
 
Many years ago I suffered from depression and everyone kept telling me they would pray for me and to throw away my anti-depressants. I did. I felt guilty for being a depressed Christian. I did not take the meds and continued on in my depression while mostly pretending that I was fine.
 
Several years later, my depression still existed and I am now 7 months on anti-depressants and feel much better. I still have some naysayers, but it's either this or I might've considered going through with taking my own life. I am happier and doing much better on my meds and my relationship with God is still fine. I wish Christians realized how real mental illness is. I am also seeing a psychologist too. It has made me a better person.

I'm So happy for you.
Take care of yourself and feel no guilt for controlling your condition.

I didn't know I was depressed and had suffered in silence until I broke. From the outside, my life was great but I was grieving on the inside and I didn't know why.
The depression was so bad I had to take leave from work, I thought the condition was physical not mental. I was home alone in my room, on my knees, crying hysterically for no reason when I began to ask God for help. 
My phone began to ring, I didn't want to answer but my daughter was in headstart and I feared the call was about her. I answered the call and it was my doctor calling to ask if I was alright? I've never received a call from this doctor.
I hadn't seen him in over a month but he said my file was on his desk and HE (not his nurse) decided to give me a call. I was crying so hard he couldn't understand me but told me to get to his office ASAP. 

I have no doubt that God answered my prayer and sent a doctor to aid me when I was circling the drain.

GOD USES DOCTORS!!
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This touched my Heart while reading this..I am so glad the dr calledClap
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I'm glad this thread offered more hope than strife.   I think our community is getting better at understanding mental illness.  One step at a time.
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The bottomline depression is real and can affect anybody regardless of age, gender class or title. My heart goes out to the Parker Family, I have known them for a long time and this is never the way you want to hear or think of a loved one passing. Last year my Pastor did a year long series on how to handle deal with and overcome depression and sucidal thoughts. He admitted that he had previous dealt with a bout of depression. Given that the area we live in we see a high number of suicides yearly we understood th urgency and need for this initative. Mental Health for whatever reason this subject is/has been viewed as taboo amongst Christians and African -Americans and sadly we as a people are suffering. When we see others going through we need to try to be there for them instead of offering the standard "I'll pray for you line." A lot of times people just need someone to listen to them and tell them they can make it pass whatever they are going through. We have to get out of this old school mentality.
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