Understanding Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorder…

I’m reaching out to all those who are experiencing, or may have
experienced depression, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks.

These issues are very real, but rarely talked about, at least in public anyway. The world will openly discuss these issues, but rarely will the Christian Church do the same.

Apparently there are over 30 million Americans who suffer from some version of depression.

Even the prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon suffered from depression, he once said ” “I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to.’

He also said this, *”This depression comes over me whenever the Lord is preparing a larger blessing for my ministry; the cloud is black before it breaks, and overshadows before it yields its deluge of mercy.

Depression has now become to me as a prophet in rough clothing, a John the Baptist, heralding the nearer coming of my Lord’s richer benison.

“I too have been laid low with this troubling darkness and painful fits that dare I say, can prove a man’s faith whether it be real or false.

I hear one story after another about Christians who are suffering in silence because the issue at hand has been deemed taboo amongst the sheep.

This is a crisis.

This in not a new phenomenon, depression and anguish are painted all throughout the Psalms, and many other areas in scripture.

History has a long line of records from many of those who wrestled with some sort of mental illness. We should not fear talking about this, and dealing with it.

I’m writing a new blog that hopefully will open up many opportunities to talk and discuss these issues. Whether they be remedies, ideas, prayers, or just a place to unload.

I would love the opportunity to reach out to those outside of the faith and offer Christ to their burdened lives.

For the believer, I would like to open up an opportunity to fellowship and bare one another’s burdens.

Please share this blog, and join me as we dive into troubling waters of the “Dark Night of the Soul.”

BlessingsJeff Rose

Anxiousbench.com

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  1. Thank you for this! I have struggled with depression and anxiety for such a long time. Sometimes it’s been hard to be ope about my struggles, especially with other Christians. I’ve been told, “Christians have no reason to be depressed” and “just pray about it” or “it can’t be that bad” etc. So thankful to have a pastor now who is very open about his struggles with depression. Would love to see the church be equipped to better serve those struggling with mental health issues.

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    1. Hi Charles!

      Thanks for reaching out. I agree. The word depression for some is like saying your sad or unhappy, but little do they know the difference. This is why the public, especially Christians need to be educated on this subject.
      I’m sorry you have been struggling, I do pray things will begin to get better. Please stay in touch and let me know how I can pray for you.

      God bless

      Jeff

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  2. Thank you Mr. Rose for a blog like this. I also write a blog so I would love to share your blog on my site if that is okay.
    My blog is more about musings on a Christian life, but it does cover broad topics and I always hope that it does bring God’s message. However, my future plan is to focus only on the Gospel message in an effort to put it front and foremost in all that I write.
    My blog is called The Koifish Christian. I like Koifish, no other reason. (www.koifishcross.com)
    Over the last couple of years I have watched your videos and admire your boldness in Jesus. I pray for this boldness each day.
    Depression has been a fact of my life for many years, but dealing with it has not always been easy. I have become very creative in my ways to hide it, but just like sin it always exposes itself. Hiding it is a lie and a sin, thus the problem we all must answer for, but through Jesus can be forgiven of.
    Thank you for your good works and labor in God’s Kingdom!

    Your Brother in Jesus,
    Don Jones
    Jonesde13@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Don
      Thank you so much for writing. I also appreciate your encouragement. Depression is hard. It can make your life crazy at times. But through Christ we can overcome the darkness and eventually climb up to health. The Lord uses these times to grow us for His glory.

      Stay in touch!

      Jeff

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  3. Well I’m not much of a writer as I am a self fixer. I noticed my anxiety heighten about 6 months after my dad passed. My blood pressure went up, my health was going down. 1st step I had to do was seek help from a grieve specialist. After we discussed the option of medication, I felt that I knew with the lords will and guidance I could fight this awful anxiety and depression. From there the battle to get healthy and learn to heal and cope had began. I started working out, paying attention to my food (decently) and learning how to fight what I call -devil trying to sway me to not trusting in the lord- many times I would be on the couch, in a dark place mentally with tears. Inside my mind a small voice comes to thought – the lord is with me, the devil is not! Begone Devil. I continued to repeat this until my voice got louder and my energy started getting stronger. Sometimes I would repeat this for hours. It’s very hard to get out of the darkness when all you see is uncomfort and pain. It’s all truly a mind game of why dont you trust the lord?? I have fought anxiety and depression for many years. My health is always related to my anxiety/depression. Always a focus to be healthy and let things go. I also started a vitamin 3 part supplement process in July 2018 and it has done nothing but get me a great bill of health. Thanks be to christ. Another national supplement to help anxiety is Nano- Glutathione. A fantastic company makes this vitamin and does research in San Antonio. 1 last natural recommendation I have for health is Kyani. All these items help naturally with healty and fights against anxiety and depression. I have used all items separately. Great companies. 🙂 thanks for writing this blog. People should 100% talk about all of these issues.

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    1. This is an excellent testimony sister.
      Thank you for sharing. Ask brother Tim if he could also share something. Please elaborate on some ways to overcome Anxiety, such as supplements, exercise, and diet.

      God bless
      Jeff

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      1. I meant to post the link. The company I used was out of San Antonio- Nanoceuticalsolutions.

        If you google glutathione and helping anxiety, it’s quite interesting. I actually had my mom use it to help her Parkinson’s. Her Parkinson’s increases badly with anxiety. I believe anxiety is why she has is due to her nervous mental breakdown. She never recovered after it. Hope this helps 🙂
        – Rochelle J.
        https://nanoceuticalsolutions.com/product/glutathione/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw6cHoBRDdARIsADiTTzaZC-RT0XytOpBJ4oVc89njtaR6KB2ZyGVpnfPdmvtAP6RMzR6YvAoaAmCUEALw_wcB

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  4. Thank you Rochelle for sharing your experiences and information! I too believe in being proactive when dealing with depression. Sitting back and waiting for something or someone else to deal with this is not the answer. There are only little things that assist us in the coping process, but ultimately, it is Jesus that really gets us through it.
    One of the best things I have found is to concentrate on this verse; “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2:10 ESV
    https://bible.com/bible/59/eph.2.10.ESV
    Concentrating on other people and the mission to share the Gospel keeps my mind off of what Satan would rather have me think about. However, just like our sin, we can not make it go away, only Jesus can do that. We are promised no where that our life with Jesus will be easy, so it begs the question; since we are now His shouldn’t we celebrate any hardships while doing His “good works”?

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    1. I completely agree. Anxiety and depression are like sisters, they go together. When I was suffering and in the throes of the worst kind, I too recited verses and cried out to the Lord. Jesus carried me through. I did see a doctor as well, and a specialist. I think God’s common grace within the medical field was a great blessing as well.

      Thank you so much for your comments!

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