Part of an article from David Murray’s Leadership blog:
Why don’t most people admit that they may be feeling depressed?
- 23% were afraid that their doctor would try to prescribe them antidepressant drugs.
- 13% said they were worried they would be referred to a psychiatrist
- 12% said they didn’t want to be considered a psychiatric patient.
- 16% didn’t think psychological issues fell under the purview of a primary care doctor
- 15% were concerned about medical record confidentiality
We do not want to think of ourselves as weak (and we certainly don’t want others to think of us like that). Strange isn’t it that no one would view taking medication for any other malfunctioning bodily organ as a sign of weakness; rather, that’s wisdom! Yet, taking meds for problems with the most complex organ in the body is somehow only for “losers!”
Pride can also be manifested among Christian pastors and counselors who think that they can “do it all.” Instead of viewing themselves as a vital and central part of a team of helpers from various disciplines working together to help a depressed person get better, some actively discourage the sufferer from working with anyone but themselves. This too deprives a person from benefitting from the gifts and talents God has distributed among different specialities.
Although Christians with heart disease, diabetes, blood disorders, cancer, etc. do not think that it is unspiritual to seek and use medicines to relieve their symptoms and even cure their illness, many seem to think that there is some special spiritual virtue in suffering depression for months and years without any medical intervention. Their family and friends don’t usually see much super-spirituality in this approach!
And the next time someone tells you that taking medication for depression shows a lack of faith, or a lack of trust in God’s Word, ask to see their usually overflowing medicine and vitamin cabinets!