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Hannah Gibson CLFM BUCK Sinfully Sad: Depression and Self Harm Amongst Christians Depression hits you like a train running at 200 miles on hour. A train with sights set to destroy anything which resembles happiness or stability. A train conducted by anxiety, and past tramas with a goal of forcing you to relive any past, present, or future horror you have and will ever experience. However, as christians, could we ever possible experience these feelings? Dr. Simon Dein, a physiatrist who received his doctoral degree from the Royal college of psychiatrists found that “ On balance being religious results in more hope and optimism and life satisfaction, less depression and faster remission of depression, lower rates of suicide, reduced prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse and reduced delinquency ”. If this is true, then what does 1 this mean for the the portion of Christians who claim to be suicidal, depressed, or who participates in self harm? When I was 14, I had already experienced a series of traumatic events involving parental abuse, poverty, death, and severe addiction. Due to all of these events, I became a shell of anxiety and depression and ultimately resorted to self harm as a way of coping with everything that I thought I knew. My addiction to self harm became extremely dangerous, and my depression became my closest friend and my strongest relationship. When I was sixteen, my mom had a stroke due to a serious addiction to alcohol. This stroke put her out of work as a bus driver and her bosses, rightfully, let her go because she was unfit to drive kids around all day. 1 Religion and Mental Health (Dr Simon Dien, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2011)
Due to our lack of income, we were evicted from our apartment, and my mom fled out of state, taking my younger sister, ands leaving me behind. This was the lowest moment in my life, and my depression and self harm was at an all time, and life threatening high. It was during this time that one of my High School band directors, decided that he was going to help me, and one of his greatest deeds, was that he started bringing me to church every Sunday with his family. This was the first time in my life that I had ever had my eyes opened to the word of God. I remember the first night after going to Church, I went to my room, opened the bible, and read about the ten commandments. I was immediately overwhelmed with the knowledge of sin, and started to cry because I felt like an evil human being. The next day I went to my band director, and asked him how could I ever get into heaven if I sin almost everyday. He told me that there was a lot more to sin than I thought, and this lead me to the big question... could Christians who are depressed and struggling with self harm ever truly accept Christ?

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