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Understanding depression

Why are you cast down, O my soul? (Psalm 42)

Paths of Wisdom Andrew Collins
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Why are you weighed down, as if under a heavy burden? That seems to be the image the psalmist uses, and it captures well the experience we call depression today. Depression is hard. We feel numb. We are weakened and brought low by this heaviness. And it won’t easily go away. Ed Welch has aptly called it a stubborn darkness.