Under the Juniper Tree 019: “Why Should We Study This Topic?”



Episode #019

HOST: Andrew Crowe




Show Notes:

  • Why should we study this topic? Andrew takes a moment to describe the importance of knowing more about mental health.

Outline of this episode:

   The Bible Speaks of Depression

  • Moses (Num. 11:14).
  • Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18).
  • Jeremiah (Jer. 20:14-18).
  • Christ

   It is More Common Than You Think

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental illness in the U.S. – 40 million Americans suffer from it. Friends, that is 18% of the U.S. population.
  • National Institute of Mental Health reports that Major depression is up there with Anxiety Disorder.
  • It holds the greatest burden of disability in the realm of mental disorders.
  • In 2012 an estimated 16 million adults (18+) were thought to suffer from at least one major depression episode (major depressive episodes can last up to two+ weeks).
  • Mental Health America states that 19 million Americans suffer from depression.
  • Important to keep in mind that this can affect anyone of any age.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education states that 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
  • Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
  • For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
  • Someone dies of suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  • The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.

   It Is Misunderstood

  • Well meaning people say, “We should be too blessed to be depressed.”
  • Prov. 20:25
  • It Impacts Our Spiritual Lives
  • There Measures Which Can Improve Our Lives

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