Ralph: I am not attempting suicide, only I am feeling worthless and I read an article you wrote on depression or the likes thereof...I find it very offensive for you to say that negativity is a choice...have you ever been clinically depressed?...my doctor has told me that my brain has lost its capability of firing neurons and accepting their impulses in a form where I can make sense of them...thereby I am clinically depressed. I am a Christian, he is a Christian doctor, and I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Please be careful how you answer peoples' questions; that may just be the last straw for that person and you may have caused them to lose all hope and take their life as a result, and then 'woe to you who have caused His little ones to stray'.
My response is in Green:
Your doctor may be a Christian but he does not know what he is talking about. You should do some research for yourself. For one do you know what "clinical depression" is? Do you know how it is medically diagnosed? You should find out, because it is not even a true medical term. It is not diagnosed using any medical means, it is diagnosed by what the patient says.
You said: "my doctor has told me that my brain has lost its capability of firing neurons and accepting their impulses in a form where I can make sense of them.." Let me ask you, how did he test that and find that out? He didn't, that is the point. This is a very common explanation for depression, but it is just mumbo jumbo, there is no test, there is no clinical exam, there is no way for any doctor to know what he is claiming to know. Science still does not even fully understand how the brain works or even what all the chemicals are or what they do.
I have a couple of books for you to read. I know you probably won't bother and that is okay, but before you go telling me I am wrong you should do some homework for yourself:
Psychology Debunked Author: Lisa and Ryan Bazler
The Anti-Depressant Fact Book Author: Dr. Peter R. Breggin
Manufacturing Victims Author: Dr. Tana Dineen
America Fooled; The Truth About Antidepressants, Antipsychotics and How We've Been Deceived Author: Dr. Timothy Scott
Those are just four, there are many more. It is a choice. You don't have the choice of feeling like you do, but how you handle it is a choice. Since I am sure you won't read these books let me just give you a couple of quotes:
Psychology's "conspiracy of silence" results from the absence of any established knowledge base in the field. Ten different therapists will diagnose and treat one problem ten different ways. Therapists base your treatment on their view of reality instead of on a proven psychological theory. Theories that are short-lived, conflicting and for the most part ignored add up to bad science. (Psychology Debunked ,page 15)
It is a mistake to view depressed feelings or even severely depressed feelings as a "disease." Depression, remember, is an emotional response to life. (The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, page 16)
Depression is never defined by an objective physical finding, such as a blood test or brain scan. It is defined by the individual's personal suffering and especially by the depressed thoughts and feelings that the person expresses. In other words, if a person has depressed thoughts and feelings, the diagnosis of depression is made. Based on that alone, it makes little sense to view depressed feelings, or the emotional state of depression, as a disease or disorder. (The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, page 18)
In reality, science does not have the ability to measure the levels of any biochemical in the tiny spaces between nerve cells (the synapses) in the brain of a human being. All the talk about biochemical imbalances is sheer speculation aimed at promoting psychiatric drugs. (The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, page 21)
Now let me show you two quotes from God's word:
(Jeremiah 17:5-9 NIV)  This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.  "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Who can understand it? Not man, so don´t listen to man's wisdom lean on God.
(2 Peter 1:3 NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
God has given us everything we need, but if we keep looking at man for answers we will miss it. You may not like what I have to say, but God is the only real hope whether you like hearing it or not. I hope you will get those books and read them, they could change your life.
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