Anger turned inward is one way to describe depression. That sounds so simple — so easy to resolve. But is it that easy, and is the cause so simple? Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. Because of a lack of understanding of this debilitation condition, someone else’s opinion, or the unearned stigma of depression is a weakness; a person may not seek treatment for depression.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that Major Depression Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. MDD affects more than 16.1 million American adults or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
While Major Depressive Disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 years old. MDD is more prevalent in women than in men.
When we say someone is depressed, we are usually speaking of a vague series of symptoms. The person may be sad or blue. They may have some physical issues, like eating disturbances or sleeping problems. They may also be experiencing interpersonal issues like an unwillingness to interact fully with others. Their thoughts may be jumbled and confused, and the person may find it hard to think straight or to concentrate.
Generally, depression causes changes in a person’s mood (i.e., sadness), in their cognition (lack of concentration), in their physical state (sleep and eating disruptions), and their behaviors (self-respect and esteem issues).
When helping a person who is depressed, we begin by taking a comprehensive inventory of that individual so that we can better assess the severity of the depression and the origins of the depression. This enables us to formulate better a plan to deal with the individual’s depression effectively. By providing the client tools to see the world through a different lens and using the application of the scripture, the Holy Spirit is allowed to do His healing work.