Some people say, “Depression is anger turned inward.” That statement is not always true, but it is true when anger is repressed. Repression occurs when unacceptable desires and emotions are blocked from a person’s awareness and left to operate in the unconscious mind. This stuffed anger or swallowed anger causes masked depression and keeps underlying bitterness from being exposed. Bitterness is a major cause of depression because we feel totally alone in our bitterness. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10)
How do you know if you have Repressed Anger? When you have “stuffed anger” about: Loss of a loved one; Loss of self-esteem; Loss of control; Loss of possessions; Loss of expectations; Loss of respect for others; Loss of health or abilities; Loss of personal goals. If so, the Bible says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:31)
Repressed fear can cause depression as well. What can cause Repressed Fear? Losing a job; Dying; Empty nest; Failure; Abandonment; Growing old; Being alone; Rejection. If so, the Bible says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Internalised Stress might be a cause of depression. Do you have internalised stress over…? Work difficulties; Relocation; Marital problems; Workload; Financial obligations; Family responsibilities; Troubled child; Alcoholic spouse. If so, the Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Even our deep disappointments must be resolved or else our bitterness will cause trouble, and unresolved anger and bitterness will hurt those close to us.
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15)