Medicating the Religious Mind: Depression and Christianity

Suffering and affliction do unite us with God, but they tend to remove us from others. Depression seals me in a chamber, makes relationship difficult if not impossible. Even the smallest challenges seem insurmountable: it seems clear nobody can help me, and the idea that I might be able to help anyone else is unfathomable. Depression prevents me from being in communion. And communion, for a Christian, is not optional.

Read more of Medicating the Religious Mind at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2014/06/medicating-the-religious-mind/

Author

Jessica Mesman Griffith is the author of four books, including Strange Journey (2017) and Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, winner of the 2014 Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Jessica runs a blog and an online community, Sick Pilgrim, and is a regular contributor to US Catholic, America, and other magazines.

Jessica is also founder of Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Imagination, a literary festival at the University of Notre Dame. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Interfaith Voice, CBC’s Tapestry, and on various shows for Relevant Radio and Sirius/XM The Catholic Channel.

Learn more about Jessica at www.jessicamesman.com

 

1

Attach Id ( 224 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 169

1

Attach Id ( 272 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 271

1

Attach Id ( 306 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 305

1

Attach Id ( 321 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 317

1

Attach Id ( 330 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 329

1

Attach Id ( 351 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 69

1

Attach Id ( 355 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 73

1

Attach Id ( 357 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 75

1

Attach Id ( 359 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 77

1

Attach Id ( 361 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 79

1

Attach Id ( 363 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 82

1

Attach Id ( 1650 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1649

1

Attach Id ( 868 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 562

1

Attach Id ( 870 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 588

1

Attach Id ( 872 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 590

1

Attach Id ( 874 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 598

1

Attach Id ( 882 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 661

1

Attach Id ( 884 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 663

1

Attach Id ( 2229 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 731

1

Attach Id ( 1195 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1193

1

Attach Id ( 1242 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1241

1

Attach Id ( 1336 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1251

1

Attach Id ( 2257 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 762

1

Attach Id ( 2267 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 770

1

Attach Id ( 1351 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1335

1

Attach Id ( 1960 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1156

1

Attach Id ( 1394 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1141

1

Attach Id ( 2219 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 966

1

Attach Id ( 1414 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1365

1

Attach Id ( 2211 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1403

1

Attach Id ( 2236 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 741

1

Attach Id ( 1468 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1137

1

Attach Id ( 1478 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 847

1

Attach Id ( 1524 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1503

1

Attach Id ( 1935 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 783

1

Attach Id ( 1622 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1599

1

Attach Id ( 2650 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1613

1

Attach Id ( 1682 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1681

1

Attach Id ( 1687 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1603

1

Attach Id ( 1741 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1739

1

Attach Id ( 1946 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1945

1

Attach Id ( 1955 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1954

1

Attach Id ( 2195 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2024

1

Attach Id ( 2037 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1977

1

Attach Id ( 2058 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1975

1

Attach Id ( 2062 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1927

1

Attach Id ( 2075 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2069

1

Attach Id ( 2383 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2087

1

Attach Id ( 2135 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2132

1

Attach Id ( 2159 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2134

1

Attach Id ( 2185 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2178

1

Attach Id ( 2246 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 752

1

Attach Id ( 2326 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2325

1

Attach Id ( 2345 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2342

1

Attach Id ( 2357 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2351

1

Attach Id ( 2373 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2291

1

Attach Id ( 2434 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2372

1

Attach Id ( 2505 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2433

1

Attach Id ( 2515 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2482

1

Attach Id ( 2541 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2504

1

Attach Id ( 2599 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2540

1

Attach Id ( 4084 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 1892

1

Attach Id ( 2724 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 2598

1

Attach Id ( 5583 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 5531

1

Attach Id ( 5936 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 5895

1

Attach Id ( 11791 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 11780

1

Attach Id ( 11790 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 11780

1

Attach Id ( 12308 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 10504

1

Attach Id ( 15141 ) not integer for post_thumbnail 12312