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Depressions

Depression is a psychological illness with both psychological and physical symptoms. If these symptoms last for more than two weeks, the condition is described as depression.

Ministers and reference persons should

  • take seriously the behaviour of those concerned, and accept their condition. Their lives of faith (e.g. praying, attendance at church services) may be limited.
  • not explain the causes of depression as a lack of faith.
  • advise depressed people to seek professionally recognised treatment.

Psychological illnesses are not an obstacle to achieving the goal of faith.