Depression in Adult Women

Psalm 40:1-2, “I waited patiently for the LORD: he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” 

Also called Major Depressive Disorder and referred to as "Clinical Depression” 
 
Depression has been called the “common cold” of mental health disorders because it occurs so frequently. Numerous factors can lead to depression including: biological predispositions, life circumstances, perfectionism, health problems, unresolved grief and loss, and chronic stress. Major Depressive Disorder is diagnosed when five or more of the following symptoms appear for at least a two week period.

These symptoms include: 

  • Sad or depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you usually find enjoyable
  • Significant weight loss or gain or a change in appetite
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Slower movements or clumsiness
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Documents for Download

Comforting Scriptures for Times of Depression & Struggle  
This document, developed by ACCFS, includes helpful information on how to pray and read the Bible during times of depression or struggles along with a list of comforting scripture verses. 

Negative Thinking Versus God's Promises 
This brief document gives a scriptural response to negative thinking by focusing on the promises found in the Bible.

True Guilt - False Guilt 
This document, developed by ACCFS, highlights the differences between true guilt and false guilt. True guilt leads to restoration with God and others while false guilt leads to an endless cycle of shame, hopelessness, and despair. 

Truth Talk 
Truth Talk is a positive thoughts generator based on Scripture that is designed to help people learn and use godly, healthy self-talk as they face their challenges.

Understanding Depression  
This document, developed by ACCFS, explains the different types of depression including spiritual, situational/reactive, clinical, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Also included are tips to ward off the "wintertime blues."

 
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