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Help, I’m stressed out! (Part 5)

May 4, 2010

I’m depressed!

Here’s a Depressing thought!  More Americans are depressed than you could possibly imagine.

Here’s some Depressing fact and figures:  compiled by Bob Murray, PhD and Alicia Fortinberry, MS

Found at: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html

  • Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.
  • Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression — their own or someone else’s, according to Australian Government statistics. (Depression statistics in Australia are comparable to those of the US and UK.)
  • Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed.
  • The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a.
  • 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression.
  • 30% of women are depressed. Men’s figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher.
  • 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness.
  • 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help.
  • 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
  • 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment.
  • 15% of depressed people will commit suicide.
  • Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020 — and studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease.

Depressing isn’t it?   It doesn’t have to be that way!!!  God doesn’t want you to have to live that way!  That’s why we’re dealing with these topics.  This Sunday, we’ll look at some very practical things that God did for Elijah that helped him with his depression.  Maybe those things will help you too.  Here’s some good scripture in the mean time.

2 Chronicles 20:15&17 (NIV) 15 ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. ……... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ “

John 16:33 (NIV) I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 TLB “But remember this-the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.”

Robin

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