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All articles & reviews tagged with depression

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Depression: a wimp of a word

William Styron was an award-winning US novelist, who is most well-known for Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner. I haven’t read these. To me, he is the man who wrote lucidly about his depressive illness in his short book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. Based on an ancient Greek theory of…

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January 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Divided we fall

A new year! 2019 is over. When you read this, 2020 will have begun. What will I remember about the year that’s gone? I will look back on many things with joy and gratitude. But other things have cast heavy shadows. And among those things, some of the darkest shadows have been the divisions…

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May 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dr Lloyd-Jones was well equipped to write on spiritual depression: Part 2

Last month Geoff Thomas began looking at why Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was so well equipped to preach, counsel and write on the subject of spiritual depression. He said that Dr Lloyd-Jones was such a well-rounded, intelligent, and tender personality; he was also utterly committed to the faith of the Scriptures; and he was…

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March 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: Spurgeon’s fainting fits

It comes as a surprise to some that Charles Spurgeon had a lifelong battle with depression. His reputation as a famed and powerful preacher, his cheery wit, and his sheer manliness might lead us to imagine there could never be a chink in his Victorian Englishman’s armour. It shouldn’t be a surprise, of course:…

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June 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

BROKEN MINDS – THE PROBLEM OF DEPRESSION

David Gregson reflects on a recent book by Steve and Robyn Bloem In 1985, American Steve Bloem was about to make a final visit 'with a view' to what seemed a very suitable and attractive church in Florida. He had a wife and a young family and had successfully passed through Bible seminary. Up…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Mental breakdown

My clearest memories of childhood are images of violence and fear. With my sisters, I watched helplessly as my father, in his drunken rages, beat and abused my mother. I remember when this became too much for me and, as an eight year old, I rushed at my father crying, 'Stop it, stop it…

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December 2000
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

God cares

I faced the paediatrician and gave what I now know was a classic description of a baby with cerebral palsy. Then I added: 'But I don't think there's anything wrong with her. She's very behind in her development, but you'd expect that - she's been seriously ill for 15 months'. Very gently, the doctor…

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