Darkness Is My Only Companion : A Christian Response To Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

Darkness Is My Only Companion : A Christian Response To Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

In her book “Darkness Is My Only Companion,” Kathryn Greene-McCreight explores the presence of God in the midst of mental illness. She addresses the challenging questions surrounding the soul’s condition when the mind is afflicted and provides insights on how Christians can respond to mental illness.

With unwavering honesty and courage, Greene-McCreight delves into sensitive topics that are often avoided such as suicide, mental hospitals, and electroconvulsive therapy. Through her profound and unfiltered perspective, she offers readers a window into the thoughts and experiences of someone living with bipolar disorder.

However, this book does not only cater to those who are personally affected by mental illness. It is also a valuable resource for friends, family members, and clergy who wish to better understand and support their loved ones facing these struggles.

With her compassionate and empathetic approach, Greene-McCreight’s voice provides solace to those in the midst of mental illness, while also equipping individuals with practical advice to navigate these complex situations. Her book serves as both a beacon of hope for those who suffer and a guide for those who seek to offer comfort and support.

The Intersection of Faith and Depression: Finding Hope and Support

Hi, I’m Marcus and I’m Janna. We’re from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship High School Ministry, and we’re here today on The Question Box, a series where we respond to your questions and create resources to help you in your journey. Today, we’ve been asked the question: Are you less of a Christian if you’re depressed?

No, we don’t think you’re less of a Christian if you’re depressed. Actually, Janna, why is this even a question?

Well, I think there might be a couple of reasons. First, there’s a false belief among some people that once you become a Christian, your life becomes easy and marvelous. But in reality, Jesus himself said that this life will be hard. Secondly, as Christians, we haven’t always done a good job of relating to people who struggle with mental illnesses. We have earned a reputation for not understanding mental illness, not wanting to learn about it, and dismissing people’s experiences. We want to apologize for that. The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God, including depression or other mental illnesses. Hopefully, this addresses the Christian-specific part of why this is even a question.

But there are other aspects of life where people can be made to feel less because they struggle with depression, and sometimes, these aspects are cultural. Marcus, what are your thoughts on that?

Thanks for the question. Culture shapes many things, including how we parent, convey emotions, and more. In some cultures, depression is not widely recognized or is downplayed. For example, in some Asian cultures, intense anxiety and stress are often manifested through physical symptoms like stomach aches or feeling unwell. Furthermore, depression can also be externalized in behavior like acting out or feeling angry. These individuals are more likely to be referred to mental health professionals. It’s important to recognize the symptoms in people who may be going through anxiety and stress so that we can help them. Each person’s experience with depression is unique, and it’s crucial to understand that.

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