26. Exploring Faith and the Depressed Brain with Author David Anderson

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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.  

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