The number of depressives increases every year. About
5% of the world’s population suffers from depressive disorders. More than half
the overall number of psychologically ill consists of persons with varying
expressions of depression syndrome. Millions of people throughout the world
take special medicines (antidepressants, neuroleptics, relaxants), to gain
spiritual comfort and well-being. One can hear discussions about depression,
despondent moods, melancholy, suppression everywhere: in public transportation,
at work, among acquaintances… Today, many consider depression to be an illness
of civilization, with its demands on life and on humans.
Science knows many reasons for the rise of depressive states, but among
scientists, it is not acceptable to speak of sin. But that is precisely
the reason for many forms of abnormal depression and despondency. Both the Holy
Scriptures and the holy fathers speak of this. The millennia of Orthodox
experience witness this.
Depression — is, in its way, a signal to the soul about its calamitous
state. This particularly applies to those depressions, which are not connected
with the worsening of living conditions. A person suffers from sorrow and
hopeless melancholy. As a doctor, I try to relieve these persons’ suffering
with medication, discussions and human sympathy. But satisfaction during the
sick person’s visit only comes when the discussion turns to the soul, faith and
repentance. Then, with the consent of the patient, we try to evaluate the
symptoms of the illness from a spiritual viewpoint.
I will not enter into details. I will only say that the Lord will not leave
helpless those patients who find the road to church, repent of their sins and
begin to live as Christians. Some recover; others, with God’s help, learn to
fight their passions and, in this manner, control their disability.
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