What is Depression?
Physiological Depression – Said to be caused without any external trigger whatsoever. Every facet of our behavior is controlled by the balance of chemicals and hormones present in our body. Any deviations in the normal levels of these chemicals could lead to a physiological change in us which, in theory, may lead to biological depression. Individuals with medical conditions which can cause these deviations are therefore more prone to depression. Abnormal production of the thyroid hormones is one example where any traumatic event will only supplement an existing condition. Menopause is also a completely biological event, and it has the ability to bring about depression.
Emotional Depression – Brought on by anger, due to circumstances which are out of the control of the depressed person. It is a means of punishing those they feel are responsible for the ways turned out, or to lash out at those closest to them with intent to punish them for the actions of other’s.
What’s the Correct Response?
Challenge – The person must be confronted and encouraged to seek medical attention by a qualified physician, and afterwards, if the depression is not a solely physiological, the person must get into counseling, or stop the behavior altogether immediately.
What’s the Solution?
Consequences – If the depressed person refuses to seek help, then consequences must be imposed. These must be such that the person loses something they don’t want to lose, or, in some cases, it may be necessary to separate from them (in cases where abuse is part of the person’s depressed behavior).
Re–education – If the depressed person seeks counseling, the counselor can lead the person to forgive others and to change his or her expectations regarding life and other people. Additionally, the person should be encouraged to develop and strengthen his or her relationship with God.