Overcoming depression: Let Christ set you free

Barbara Fife, C.S.B.

“I know what it’s like to deal with depression,” says Barbara at the very beginning of this lively chat, “because I’ve been there … . But I also know this can be healed, is being healed over and over through turning to God in prayer, through learning who we really are as the loved child of God, and also learning how to take control of our thinking.” This healing approach can be found in her answers to questions such as those dealing with the stigma sometimes associated with depression, how to overcome sorrow over divorce, and depression about dealing with long-term physical conditions. Other questions include what to do about anger that sometimes accompanies depression, feelings of hopelessness over conditions in a community, concerns of a wife with an alcoholic husband, the difficulty faced by someone who uses porn to alleviate depressed feelings, and the inability to pray when one is dragged into a deep depression.

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spirituality.com host: Hello everyone. Welcome to another spirituality.com live question and answer audio event. My name is Rosalie Dunbar and I’ll be your host for the next hour. Today’s topic is, “Overcoming depression—let Christ set you free.” Our guest is Barbara Fife, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Barbara has been a Christian Science healer for over fifteen years, and she’s been a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship since 1997. She’s participated in panel discussions and in inter-faith forums, and spoken at conferences that have to do with mental and physical health issues. Barbara, do you have some thoughts to get us started?

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