This is something that I have been dwelling on for a while. I have been ranting about depression. I had even contemplated that I had an addiction to depression. I had some time to reflect and I realized that my first instance or semblance of depression was not depression, instead It was guilt.
Now, I know and recognize the need to treat medical depression, but I wonder how many of us mask our guilt on the guise of depression. I know that a lot of the times I am depressed because of my sins, but I have programmed myself to call it depression and I medicate my guilt away.
Maybe It’s just me….
I am also wondering if there is a relationship between confessing to a priest (or to GOD) and seeing a psychiatrist. To me both sounds prescriptive
just thinking loudly…. what do you think?
“Anybody who’s been depressed can tell you that feelings of guilt and self-blame can be overwhelming. In fact, the tendency to blame oneself excessively (and inappropriately) is a key factor in depression. … In depression, excessive self-blame is often accompanied by the equally maladaptive tendency to overgeneralize.”
While sin and guilt may contribute to depression, it would be terrible to explain our guilt away as depression. What would happen if we got rid of our guilt completely. Would the world be a better place. I think guilt and depression has a place in our lives. Obviously too much of anything is bad for us.
Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence-Publilius Syrus