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Re: Williams: Guest expert on depression and anxiety

Posted by MidnightBlue on April 13, 2005, at 20:07:09

In reply to Williams: Guest expert on depression and anxiety, posted by Dr. Bob on April 11, 2005, at 8:44:05

When I was suffering from severe depression, I was too sick for CBT with a Christian therapist to work. I left every session feeling worse about myself. Fortunately, I later found a Christian psychiatrist who could mix medication, therapy, and my faith. He saved my life and taught me so much.

I live in another city now and have not been able to find a psychiatrist I am comfortable enough with to really trust. I feel like my faith has to be "off the table". I can't talk about it without it being considered a psych symptom. It is hard to get better when you have to ignore a huge part of who you are-- How do you find a psychiatrist who will not belittle your faith? And it helps if they are on your insurance!

I have found almost no one in the church (many different congregations) understands "mental illness." They sure don't like to talk about it, and it is not a "socially acceptable" prayer request at prayer time.

I look forward to reading your book. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to answer our questions.





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