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2.22.2005

Christianity and Healing Depression - Part 1

by danielg [+/-] show/hide

by Seeker

The first approach one should take to treating depression is that of treating physical causes. By addressing these, you can elminate them as causes and move on to emotional and spiritual issues.

How are your diet and your sleep?
You need to improve these first to make sure these are not the problem.

Exercise and Stress Management
You may be tired and depressed because you are out of shape, and run down because you process stress poorly. Part or all of your depression may be cured through regular exercise. Even better, you can try exercise that also calms the mind, like yoga or quiet meditation. Many Christians are not comfortable with yoga’s Hindu origins, but mindful stretching or meditation do wonders for the body and mind.

Chemical Origins of Depression - Medication
Additionally, you may want to visit your regular doctor and see if a blood test is in order. I’m not sure what they measure, but sometimes, chemical imbalances cause depression. However, this area is tricky. Does the chemical imbalance cause the depression, or does the depression cause the chemical imbalance? In addition, many doctors are too quick to prescribe medications, often treating the symptom and not the problem.

However, sometimes medication is needed to help stabilize a person’s emotions so that they can then deal with the roots of their depression. Medication should be part of a larger therapeutic plan, and should be used similar to pain killers – you don’t want to end up addicted to pain killer, you just want to kill the pain long enough to get the healing underway.

Some people, however, have been depressed or otherwise chemically imbalanced for so long that they may need to stay on medication for the rest of their lives because they have suffered a permanent change to their physiology.

Part 2 - Healing the Emotional and Spiritual Causes of Depression

4 Comments:

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    Instead of immediately forking over large amounts of money for over-the-counter drugs, go to the kitchen cupboard and see what you can find to relieve your symptoms including separation anxiety.

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    A simple hot compress applied to the face is very soothing to those throbbing aches and pains of a blocked sinus, while a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief can provide welcome relief for similar conditions. While supplements of vitamin C, D and zinc will shorten the lifespan of a common cold, a hot lemon drink is also extremely good. And be sure to cuddle-up in bed when you have a cold, as it will make the body sweat out the germs.

    Cool lemon juice and honey are a great soother for a sore throat and gives the body much-needed vitamin C at the same time The juice of one lemon in a glass of water is sufficient. Melt the honey in a little hot water for ease of mixing.

    A smear of Vaseline or petroleum jelly will do wonders for those sore lips and nose that often accompany a cold.

    A 'streaming cold' where the nose and eyes water profusely, can respond to drinking onion water. Simply dip a slice of onion into a glass of hot water for two seconds, then sip the cooled water throughout the day. Half an onion on the bedside table also alleviates cold symptoms because its odor is inhaled while you sleep.

    People prone to catarrh may find that chewing the buds from a pine or larch throughout the day will clear up their condition in just a few days.

    Do you suffer from sore eyes? If your eyes are sore from lengthy exposure to the sun, try beating the white of an egg and then spread it over a cloth and bandage the eyes with it. Leave the preparation on overnight. Soft cheese (quark) is also a good remedy for this condition.

    For those unpleasant times when you suffer from diarrhea, two tablespoons of brown vinegar will usually fix the problem. Vinegar can be rather horrible to take, but who cares! The problem is more horrible. Vinegar can usually be found in most people's cupboards, so you don't need to worry about finding someone to run to the shop for you in an emergency.

    Sleepless? Instead of reaching for sleeping pills, which can quickly become addictive, try this: Drink only caffeine free tea or coffee starting late in the afternoon.. Go to bed earlier rather than later, as being overtired tends to keep people awake. Make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet. Use only pure wool or cotton sheets and blankets. Polyester materials can cause sweat and make you thirsty (if your child constantly asks for water throughout the night, this could be the reason).

    And don't watch those scary movies just before retiring! If you still can't sleep, make a tea of lemongrass or drink a nightcap of herbal tea containing chamomile. It's easy to grow lemongrass in your garden or start a flower pot on the balcony for ease of picking. Simply steep a handful in boiling water for five minutes. Honey may be added for a sweetener.

    Of course there will be times when you do need modern drugs, so if these simple remedies don't have the required affect, be sure to see a health care professional.


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