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The Stigma of Depression Among Christians

MOM ON THE RIGHT: You’re Not Crazy, You’re Depressed – The Stigma of Depression Among Christians – With Guest, Advocate, Artist, Speaker, Author, etc…, Anita Wilson

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An estimated 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization. Over 15 million people, experience clinical depression every year, and seemingly as a nation we’re depressed overall. Go figure.

We seem to be as a culture more open to talking about suicide and depression, but the stigma remains – especially for Christians. Yet, the embarrassment of acknowledging the struggle can be just as hazardous.

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Advocate, artist, speaker and author Anita Wilson (Alias In Town, an anagram of the author’s name), aspires to change the attitude about depression, suicide and addiction in the church.

In her book, Well, A Memoir, she writes:

“Depression and addiction are often taboo topics in the church. However, Christians are just as susceptible to depression and addiction as any other social group. Christians who suffer from these afflictions often don’t seek help because of shame and fear of alienation. For a depressed Christian or a Christ follower with an addiction, seeking help feels like shining a spotlight into their spiritual life and highlighting a failure as a Christian.”

Depression is real, and if we can talk about politics in church, we can start talking openly about depression.

Find more about my Guest: Anita Wilson’s style of writing is to combine multi-media formats into stories. She utilizes short essays to tell her story in words. She creates original artwork to tell her story through the end of a brush. She includes personal journal and diary entries to remain open, honest and raw in her writing. She has been married for 35 years with six children and seven grandchildren and lives in central Ohio.

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