26. Exploring Faith and the Depressed Brain with Author David Anderson
Despite having a depressed brain, he turned his passion for writing into a book that won first place in a Writer’s Digest contest. Listen as author David Anderson discusses what it’s like being a person of faith with clinical depression.
David Anderson is a multi-passionate writer of fiction and nonfiction. He was diagnosed with clinical depression twenty years ago. Since then, his life has been a quest for happiness and purpose in spite of a brain that is naturally tilted toward depression. He turned that experience into a Writer’s Digest award winning book called Dark Nights of the Soul: Reflections on Faith and the Depressed Brain.
Highlights from this episode:
- Writing a contest-winning book on a depressed brain
- Shame, Faith and Depression
- Chemical imbalance controversy
- Signs of clinical depression
- Difference between situational and clinical depression
- Science-based ways to alleviate depression
- Signs you may want to get tested or clinical depression
- Is “having Jesus” all you need to be happy?
- Is depression a sign of a lack of faith or character?
- Can a faith that doesn’t allow you to be human or honest with yourself and honest with God sustainable?
- You’re not responsible for being born with a condition. You are responsible for making adjustments.
- If it fits your personality, you have talent for it and you love doing it – go for it! You’ll have a much better chance at success.