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Depression – finding hope and healing

A Christian Science perspective.

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A mental health study recently released revealed that "73 percent more American adults and 50 percent more children are using drugs to treat mental illness than in 1996."

Depression in particular has become a struggle for many. And an article published in U.S. News and World Report titled "Depressed and coping: treating depression when medication fails" offered myriad alternative remedies, including lifestyle changes to manage symptoms (April 24). That article also quoted professor of psychiatry Michael Thase, who said, "Drugs are quicker acting and take less work in the short run, but they only suppress the problem."

The desire of the medical profession to alleviate the suffering caused by depression is admirable, but there is another option. From my own life, I know there's a way to gain freedom from depression without dependence on drugs and without using some other method to suppress the problem.

The ever-present grace and protective power of God, divine Love, provide hope and healing. The Bible promises, "With God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26). Even in the most difficult struggles, no one is beyond the loving care of the infinite Father-Mother God. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, described this divine healing power as certainly able "to correct the discords of sense, and to lift man's being into the sunlight of Soul" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1996," p. 202).

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