Treat Depression

Always Treat Depression

Emptiness, lack of motivation, even suicidal thoughts—depression shouldn’t be ignored. Treatment options vary, depending on the severity of your depression. In this post, produced in cooperation with the Association of Biblical Counselors, Dr. Andrea Kim, board-certified psychiatrist and adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, talks about the various treatment options for depression patients.  

Depression is treatable. Any depressive state should signal a need for help. Andrea said anyone experiencing depression should go to a professional for treatment.  

Have you ever experienced a depressive episode? If so, what were your symptoms? How did you come to the realization that you were depressed? If not, what signs of depression did Andrea point out that you could identify in others or yourself in the future?
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Andrea stressed the importance of seeing a professional in any case of depression. Have you ever considered or recommended professional help for depression? Why or why not?
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How could going to a professional benefit someone with depression? How have you seen counselors or psychiatrist help you or someone you know battle depression?
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Andrea talked about two types of depression. Mild to moderate depression can be treated with cardio exercise, more light, insomnia medication, and therapy. Severe depression, on the other hand, requires serious medical attention. 

What types of depression have you had to work through? How did you treat your depression? If you’ve never walked through depression, how have you come alongside friends or family members who struggle with depression?
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What practical steps could you take this week toward treating your depression or advising someone you know with depression to seek treatment?
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If you’re depressed, don’t let your depression sit in the dark. Seek help. Find a counselor or psychiatrist you trust this week and take steps toward wellness. Encourage those in your life with depression to move toward treatment, whether that be through going to a counselor or taking medicine. 

You can find more on depression from Andrea in the course You Can't Just "Get Over It." 

To learn more about The Association of Biblical Counselors, click here.