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Summary: Describes Depression causes and cures.

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DEFEATING DEPRESSION

Used book The Bumps are what you climb on by Warren W. Wiersbe pgs 33 – 36

Scripture: Psalms 42 & 43

Introduction: David wonders if and how he can shake depression.

I. DEPRESSION

A. Major Depression

1. Defined:

A mood disorder in which an individual is deeply unhappy, demoralized, self-derogatory, and bored. An individual with major depression does not feel well, loses stamina easily, has a poor appetite, and is listless and unmotivated.

2. Symptoms

Symptoms of depression include a persistent sad mood; loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed; significant change in appetite or body weight; difficulty sleeping or oversleeping; physical slowing or agitation; loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt; difficulty thinking or concentrating; and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. A diagnosis of major depressive disorder (or unipolar major depression) is made if an individual has five or more of these symptoms during the same two-week period.

"I feel depressed," is often an abused statement. This is a frequently used term, but major depression is more intense and long lasting than the mild form which may last for only weeks, days, or hours.

B. Cost of Depression (Major)

1. Millions to Employers

2. Millions to Medical/Insurance Agencies

3. Annual Indirect and Direct Cost to Nation in 1990 = estimated $30.4 Billion

4. More than 250,000 hospitalized each year. Depression is so common that it has been called the common cold of mental disorders.

5. Happiness to families

6. Most severe cases may prove fatal to the afflicted person

C. Who Can Become Depressed?

1. Students, Professors, Executives, Laborers, Secretaries

a. Depression can affect anyone, regardless of background, though major depression strikes women twice as often as men. Some form of depression affects over 19 million Americans each year.

b. More than 1 in 5 Americans can expect to get some form of depression in

their lifetime.

2. Famous Examples:

a. Francis Scott Fitzgerald --> American Author (1896 - 1940)

(1) Wrote "The Great Gatsby"

(2) Known as an extravagant drunk

(3) Died 44 yrs old with a heart attack

b. Ernest Hemingway

(1) Genius, Wealth, Fame, Friends

(2) Nobel Prize 1954 for Literature

(3) Spoke of suicide in 1925 when distraught over marital affairs

(4) Father shot himself in the head in 1928

(5) Had 4 wives

(6) Problem with alcohol

(7) Health problems

(8) 1961, Idaho, Shot himself with a double barreled shotgun in a log cabin

c. Abraham Lincoln --> U.S. President

d. Winston Churchill --> Prime Minister of England during WW II

II. SOME CAUSES OF DEPRESSION

A. Physical --> Example Elijah I Kings 18 - 19

1. Sleep --> Exhausted v. 4 - 5

a. Exodus 20:8 - 9 Sabbath

v. 8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."

v. 9 "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all they work:"

b. II Samuel 17:26 -29 (Read)--> Hungry and weary (Companions)

c. Mark 6:31-32 Even in Ministry --> Come apart and rest

v. 31 "And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a

desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and


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