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Unread 15th November 2011, 10:31 AM
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Is Depression Caused By Demons?

I don't know the honest answer to this question. I've had groups and people show me evidence that it is...and I've also been shown evidence that it's not. I just don't know.

I'm curious as to whether anyone else here has been told that they "had demons" and that was why they had depression. This is what was told to me - I partly believe it and always question it.

Gah - this point could be so much longer. I'm just opening up the topic because it is such a close one to my heart. Is depression caused by demons? If it is...I maintain that that doesn't make the person in any way a bad or evil person! This has just been such a confusing topic for me...
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I've been told that too...and that if I pray, my depression will lift, my anxiety will be gone, I'll be fine.

Doesn't work. The Lord comforts me and is with me, but I have an illness. Severe depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, not demons.
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No it is not by demons. Because we children on God, does not mean we have an easy life. Some have chemical imbalances, so have had things happen in their lives that cause it, sometime it is a situation that is causes. Lots of causes. When we get depressed Satan loves it. He figures it is a great time to get us even more daily. Hold on to His word.
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Depression is not caused by demons. There is the biochemistry of it all of course, some people are born with a predisposition to depression, but also sometimes depression is a sane response to a bad situation. Jesus said that those who mourn are blessed; Jesus also cried. Isaiah said that the suffering servant was "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief". Hebrews 5 refers to Jesus weeping greatly because of his impending crucifixion, and there are two overt public occasions when Jesus wept: once when he went to Lazarus' tomb, and once when he was weeping over Jerusalem.

Don't let anyone tell you that Depression is a result of a lack of faith. Faith requires no effort when it is not accompanied by trials, but when you have faith despite terrible trials, that is really faith. I have seen a lot of faith here in this forum.

Generally, "attack by demons" is a poor explanation for just about anything. Once you allow that explanation to take root, you wind up blaming them for everything. It's a road that leads to paranoia: God does not want us to have a spirit of conspiracy and fear but a spirit of love and peace.
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I do not think it's caused by demons at all. Just wanted to drop in and tell you what has helped me! 5-HTP! It is amazing and has given me back hope! You can find it pretty much anywhere. Good luck everyone!
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Guess I will share just a tiny bit of my journey...

I struggled with depression for YEARS. I mean wound up in the ER b/c of suicide attempts struggled. Well, a few years back, I learned about demons for the first time. I had demons supposedly cast out of me - they "came back." I cast them out myself - they "came back." I was on medication, but it didn't work. I tried 13 different medications, and none of them worked.

Faith was sort of my last resort. I know that's not how it's supposed to be, but it was. And at first, that didn't work either. I don't think that the people who introduced me to what demons are were really the right people to hang around - I think they were more dead set on controlling me than they were on helping me. I left that group still battling mental illness... and I joined my church. I got rebaptized, I began working for a Christian bookstore, and I stopped taking medication and started trying to accomplish small goals in my life...and THEN I learned about the power of forgiveness.

I don't know when my depression left, but I do know why - it left because of my forgiving people I was holding offenses against. I don't know quite how it works - I honestly couldn't pinpoint a day when I woke and was like "wow my depression is gone"... I just remember that a couple of years ago, I thought about it and was like "for the first time ever, I don't want to die..." and that was a big deal.

I worry about my depression coming back - and I wonder about demons because that group introduced me to a whole new level of faith. Even though they weren't really the right church or group of people for me to be around, they opened my eyes to things BEYOND what I'd ever learned about spirituality and Christianity.
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I would be extremely careful of telling someone they must be possessed with demons if they have depression. Too many Christian groups jump on that bandwagon and it can have some very dangerous consequences~ the biggest being that the person with clinical depression doesn't get the proper help and might end up harming themselves.

Is it possible? I'd have to say yes its possible. Is it probable? Probably not. I went to a workshop that had a Vatican trained Exorcist priest and he said 95% of the time the person simple needs the assistance of a medical person or a priest for spiritual needs. That 5% is when he needs to step in and take care of spiritual issues that are more difficult than an average priest can deal with.

If you a person who is dealing with depression, please seek out medical help first and then a pastor or priest for spiritual guidance. (Not pointed to anybody in the thread, I'm just saying) For me, I'd want to make sure its not something medically wrong with my body before assume its the less likely issue of something spiritual going on. (And yes I am someone who believes in spirits~ good and evil~ and how they are apart of our lives)
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lots of reasons why people are depressed. demons do oppress people and Im sure that sort of attack can make a person feel depressed. everyone individually needs to get to root cause of their depression. need good professional help and need to beware of wannabe amateur docs!
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