Major depression is a clinical syndrome of at least five symptoms that cluster together, last for at least 2 weeks, and cause impairment in functioning. Mood symptoms include depressed, sad or irritable mood, loss of interest in usual activities, inability to experience pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide. Cognitive symptoms include inability to concentrate and difficulty making decisions. Physical symptoms include fatigue, lack of energy, feeling either restless or slowed down, and changes in sleep, appetite, and activity levels (2).
There are many reasons people with depression do not receive treatment. Some do not realize they have an illness that can be treated. Others do not believe treatment works. Other barriers to treatment include the stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health treatment and lack of insurance coverage for mental health care. (Pratt Laura A, Ph.D., Brody Debra J., M.P.H. Feb. “Depression in the United States Household Population, 2005-200623.” 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db07.htm. 11 Nov. 2009)
Depression is medically classified as a mental disease – of the mind which affects the body. But we discover the truth in the Word of God – it is a spiritual condition that affects both the mind and the body.
Medical science is aware of only 2 parts to Man; mind and body; the mind is divided into 2; conscious and subconscious.
From the Word of God we discover that Man is made up to 3 parts – spirit, soul and body. You are a spirit made in the image of God; you have a soul and you live in a body. The soul comprises of the mind, will, emotions and intellect (the ability to learn and understand or to deal with problems) and the body is the physical part of our being.
Now may God himself, the God of peace, make you pure, belonging only to him. May your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—be kept safe and without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NCV)
The spirit and soul are so intertwined that it is only the Word of God that can reveal the difference.
The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate soul from spirit. It can separate joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIRV)
to be continued . . .