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This topic is adapted from the Real Truth Real Quick YouTube channel.

Depression and anxiety are real emotions with real consequences. These emotions can easily overtake our lives and hold us back from living life in a healthy way. For many, the answer is to take medication. But, is that the right and best answer? Pastor Todd answers this question from a biblical perspective.

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Video Highlights:

  • God’s provision can come through the medical profession. The medical field doesn’t work against God. Every medical advance comes from God. Sometimes, medicine is God’s answer. (1 Timothy 4:4-5.)
  • God uses our emotions to teach us. We shouldn’t look at every hard emotion as something to be avoided. God may be trying to teach us something about him, or about ourselves, in those times. Or, we may be making sinful choices that have led us to feel depressed or anxious. In those cases, the onus is on us to stop those behaviors which will then cause those negative emotions to cease. (Psalm 32.)
  • Don’t meet God given needs with God forbidden ways. The Bible never promises us to have a pain free life. So, the goal shouldn’t be to avoid or numb the pain at all costs. Masking the pain only short changes us from growing our faith through the trials of life. (John 16:33; James 1:2-4.)
  • The deeper issue is a spiritual one. If the goal is just to take the pain away, then taking medication is the answer. But, if true freedom is the goal, then medication is only part of the solution. Medication may help you to think clearly enough to start doing the real work of figuring out why you feel depressed or anxious and how you need to surrender all of it to God. (Psalm 139:23-24.)

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Medication isn’t bad. God gives us every medical advance we have. The real question is if you’re looking for a quick fix, that just numbs the pain, or if you’re willing to deal with the issues behind the emotions.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  4. Read Psalm 32. List some of the words that show David was struggling with depression. What words or expressions best describe some of the feelings you’ve struggled with in the past?
  5. Read James 1:2-4. What does this passage say about pain and suffering? Do you think it relates to depression and anxiety? Why or why not?
  6. “Don’t treat a spiritual problem with a physical solution.” What does Pastor Todd mean by this? Can you give an example?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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