What is Spiritual Depression?
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Many people suffer from mental, or even spiritual, depression. Doctors often offer medication in order to treat the illness. People many times hide the disease symptoms by using substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or even food. Marriages are affected when someone in the family is depressed. Children suffer and try to adjust when either parent seems to consistently be depressed. Sadly, the disease seems to be heredity.
Depression reveals itself in two major forms - Reactive and Endogenous.
The physical symptoms of this disorder include sadness, emptiness, withdrawal from others, irritability, emotional sensitivity, low motivation and self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts (to name a few).
Depression of the Spirit
There is yet another form of this mood disorder which is called spiritual depression. Existing as a state of mind, it can come to people when God seems far away or not listening to them. In this state of mind they have lost their zeal for God and the Bible. They seem to grow tired of doing good to others (Galatians 6:9, 2Thessalonians 3:13) and ready to give up under the weight of their feelings.
There are cases in the Bible where spiritual depression seems to have occurred. King David often found himself spiritually depressed and in need of God, as he states in Psalm 42.
Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? (verse 5)