I just had a debate with Jehovah's Witness about anxiety and depression. They provided the following bible verse:

[Matthew 6:25-34
34: Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own.]

Unfortunately for millions of people, mental illnesses are not that simple. Depression causes a chemical imbalance in the brain, due to an insufficient amount of serotonin. Large amounts of this chemical (or lack there of) play a role in the development of the hippocampus. This part of your brain stores your emotion and your memory. Stress and depression decreases the amount of neurons that are used to reach this part of our brain, which causes the the size of the hippocampus to shrink. When that happens, we experience things like memory loss, loss of appetite (opposite reaction for some), change of mood, loss of sleep, and it even effects our learning capabilities. However, the hippocampus can regenerate to it's original healthy form. The great thing about our brains functionality is that even though cells die, new cells are born. There are many medications that provide our body/mind with chemicals and nutrients when we have a deficiency. When these medications are taken, it sends everything our body/mind needs to maintain a healthy functioning lifestyle.
Mental illnesses take a toll on a lot of us, and it's important to remember that depression is just as much a big of deal as any other illness. Depression, unfortunately, cannot be cured simply by "not worrying about it". If you've ever seen a picture of a brain cell compared to a picture of the the universe, you would see how much alike they appear to be. Just like the universe, everything in our mind/body is all connected to each other.
So friends, pay mind to your mind. It's important that we take care of our little universe. I hope you all have a good day :)
LuckyInTheSkyWithDiamonds LuckyInTheSkyWithDiamonds
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2 Responses Sep 1, 2015

Depending on some religions, as you have seen, they write off mental illness as something that isn't real or the 'makes of the devil.' It all depends on the context and subtext of how religion goes about mental illness. I know many people who have depression and anxiety issues and still practice religion and look up to God. Prayer and spirituality are very helpful to many people struggling. It's all about keeping hope.

Not a lot of people think of depression when they hear 'mental illness' and a lot fewer religious people who see psychosis as supernatural will see depression the same way.

Those are people that haven't picked up a book other than a bible. With some of these people, you could physically hold an apple in your hand and tell them what it is and how it was made, but they won't believe you and will refuse to accept the evidence.

Unfortunately it's people in cults that take things out of context from bible. I have friends who are Christian but don't push their beliefs on others and take things out of context. Personally, I'm more of an evolutionist. I don't disbelieve in the idea of God, but I don't necessarily believe in it either. I would say I'm Agnostic if anything. My Christian friends are very good people and they use prayer to help sort out their issues. I usually just let myself have a crying fit and write about how I'm feeling and then let myself go to sleep. I always wake up feeling better though.

the jehovahs witnesses arent very supportive with people with mental illnesses. they discriminate and are abusive with them. i know because i used to be around them. i left their cult many years ago