Does taking Anti-depressants show a lack of Faith in God?

Various physical conditions can contribute to depression. For example, in bipolar and postpartum depression, a biochemical imbalance exists that can basically be treated successfully with medication. Unfortunately, many Christians fear being labeled “unspiritual” or “you don’t believe enough” if they seek medical help for their depression, yet by doing nothing, they can suffer needlessly.

Sometimes medication is needed for a period of time to “level out” mountainous swings so that those in the throes of depression can see truth and walk on level ground.

Ezekiel 47:12 explains that God made “leaves for healing.”

In Isaiah 38 after God spared the life of Hezekiah, Hezekiah “prepared a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil” (Isaiah 38:21). Examples like these show that the use of medicine to heal, is biblical.

However, medicine should be used for depression, not to numb the pain or to escape it, but to help a person process the pain. Additionally, medication should be used when nothing else helps and always in conjunction with Christian counseling.