The Eighth Part of a Nine Part Series on Depression Which Began on February 10, 2016
There are five main causes of depression. Each by itself may lead to depression, but when an individual encounters more than one of these five, depression is far more likely. The First experience that can cause depression is a significant Loss, the Second is Anger, the Third is our own Sin, and the fourth: Anxiety and Stress.
Anxiety and Stress
Stress is a person’s response to being overloaded – the accumulated effect of the pressures of life. And as these pressures grow and are not addressed in a healthy way, the likelihood of depression increases. I will be writing about anxiety and stress in a few days, but include them here since they are also a significant contributing factor in depression.
We know that God is with us, He loves us, and is committed to us. As Isaiah says:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
But we also know that anxiety and stress are often extremely difficult to overcome. I will talk about fear, anxiety, and panic in another series of blogs in the near future.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Raleigh NC February 20, 2016