Depression: The Spiritual Side Effects

From an article by Rebecca J. Clayson

Depression, though a mental illness, often carries spiritual side effects that make it difficult to feel peace, love, or joy or any of the fruits of the Spirit. Here are 3 ways to gain spiritual strength.

  1. Understand that depressive feelings are not a sign of unworthiness but rather a chemical imbalance.
  2. Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven.
  3. Focus on priesthood blessings, the sacrament, prayer, scripture study, and church and temple attendance to bring the Spirit.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has taught, “Hold fast to the perfecting promises of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Believe in miracles. … Hope is never lost.”

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