Answering Questions…

wcs53 said…

Just clarify one thing for me, please. Are you suggesting that it is wrong to seek medical help for depression?

Whilst I don’t really see why I should (a) have to respond to Will’s (wcs53) question or (b) defend my reasons for chosing not to seek a doctor, I will do so. I don’t know why Will, thousand odd miles away in Canada feels the need to be upset about my comment…however…seeing as I’m a generally courteous chappy, I’ll respond. I mean, the last thing on my mind is a diatribe about the merits of medical treatment for depression. But I will respond, but I am not getting into a discussion about it. :o)

I do not doubt for a second that in some cases it is necessary for people to seek medical attention for depression. I believe God works just as thoroughly through medicine as any other means. However, in my own case, it would not be the best thing for me. In this case, the worsening of my depression has been due to the fact of me not maintaining the normal mechanisms that are a normal part of my life for living with depression plus the onslaught of some extremely difficult situations in the corps that even the most well-held-together officer wouldn’t cope with without being thrown a bit!

I do believe, however, that it is dangerous to jump for medication at the first sign of anything remotely like depression. There are too many situations today where doctors are prescribing depression drugs for situations other than ‘medical’ depression…even the medical researchers are saying that. I mean, its easier to get a prescription for Prozac than it is to get a prescription for Paracetamol!

Some depression is caused by, for example, guilt, or stress, or overwork, or paranoia, or unhealthy living, lack of exercize, etc etc etc etc In that case, its wrong to have medication because all it does is treat the symptoms and not the cause.

As Glenda was saying, she found that simple things like a bit of exercize, right diet etc etc has really helped, although she did find medication necessary for a while. I guess she’d say herself that the medication alone would never have helped.

In summary, because I’ve been over-consumed by work, I’ve factored out proper exercize, proper family time, proper rest for me. And, on top of that, we’ve dealt with some pretty tough things. There you have it. Or, as we say in Gaelic, Sin agad e!

As an aside however, I just want to mention that in the last couple of days we’ve had to put our leave aside to deal with the most horrendous pastoral situation that you could imagine…in fact, you couldn’t imagine because the things that have happened you couldn’t possibly make up! Friday was quite positively the worst day of my life, definetely the worst day of my officership. For those who know what has been happening, you will understand exactly what I mean.

But the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He is our strength and my sufficiency. In fact, the way I’ve been able to respond to this catastophe has been a living testimony to this scripture I’ve quoted before:

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” – 2 Cor 4:7-12

yours totally in Jesus
Andrew

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